NFL Network’s Bucky Brooks delivered a franchise left tackle to the New York Jets. Here’s how he did it and who he mocked to Gang Green.
The New York Jets have a ton of needs coming off of a disappointing 7-9 campaign in 2019. One of the team’s biggest holes to fill is at left tackle.
Fortunately, there are several tantalizing options available in the 2020 NFL Draft. On Monday NFL Network’s Bucky Brooks released his first mock draft of the season.
With the 11th overall pick, the Jets got lucky by landing one of the four premiers offensive tackles in this draft class.
Here’s what Bucky had to say about the selection:
“Ultra-athletic edge blocker with the size, length, and skill to blossom into an elite NFL offensive tackle.”
Becton has been one of the biggest risers over the last few weeks thanks to some national recognition from both Daniel Jeremiah and now Bucky Brooks of NFL Network.
Prior to this recent attention, Becton was heralded as a developmental second-round pick with elite traits.
In Bucky Brooks mock draft only four offensive linemen were selected in the first round and all of them were selected in the first 11 picks of the 2020 NFL Draft.
Mekhi clearly has all the tools that you look for: size (6-foot-7, 368 pounds), versatility (can play left or right tackle), and has surprisingly good feet and speed for his size.
An ideal scenario for the New York Jets would be to retain Kelvin Beachum on a short-term deal to hold things down on the blindside. Draft a guy like Mekhi Becton who you can throw over at right tackle for a year until he’s ready to make the transition to left tackle. This is a strategy that several NFL teams have employed over the last few years.