NY Jets: Mekhi Becton has met with team on FaceTime ahead of NFL Draft

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The NY Jets have reportedly met with former Louisville offensive tackle Mekhi Becton ahead of the 2020 NFL Draft. Here are details.

NY Jets general manager Joe Douglas made a promise to Sam Darnold’s parents last preseason that he would protect their son with “protection and playmakers.”

Ahead of the 2020 NFL Draft, he’s doing what he can to fulfill that guarantee.

Per Jordan Reid of The Draft Network, former Louisville Cardinals offensive tackle Mekhi Becton has met with multiple teams this week in the top-15 of the 2020 NFL Draft including the NY Jets.

Since teams aren’t allowed to have prospects in their facilities, they have been meeting with these players virtually. Becton had a FaceTime call with Gang Green that can last as long as 60 minutes, but no longer.

Although it likely took seconds for the team to be wowed by his incredible size (6-foot-7, 364 pounds).

Several NFL scouts have called him “a dancing bear”, but don’t be fooled he isn’t a gentle giant by any means, he’s a nasty finisher.

When you watch the tape he seemingly gets enjoyment out of punishing an opponent and slamming them into the turf.

Jordan Reid of The Draft Network had a chance to interview Becton this week and he commented on why he gets such a thrill from imposing his will:

“It’s just fun. Especially when you see them trying to get back up and I have a chance to jump on them. There’s no feeling like it.”

Really enjoyed my chat with former @UofLFootball OT Mekhi Becton today.

I asked him why he gets so much enjoyment from finishing defenders in the turf constantly.

His answer was excellent: pic.twitter.com/2eyswATk2b

— Jordan Reid (@JReidNFL) April 10, 2020

If the NY Jets pulled the trigger with the 11th overall pick it would end a 14-year drought since the last time the team took an offensive lineman in the first round.

Becton has scheme versatility and could play on either side of the line at right or left tackle. He projects as a blindside protector at the next level.

This selection would make both Sam Darnold and his parents feel a lot better about his health and safety moving forward. The only concern with this potential pick is the scary boom vs bust nature of the pick.

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It can’t be understated that this 11th overall pick will be the first selection made by general manager Joe Douglas. This pick will be very telling on what type of culture and identity the NY Jets want to have moving forward.