NY Jets made the right decision drafting Mekhi Becton
By James Barone
The NY Jets made the right decision selecting Louisville offensive tackle Mekhi Becton in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft on Thursday.
Heading into the 2020 NFL Draft, we knew that the NY Jets needed to start to build a strong frontline to protect Sam Darnold as well as Le’Veon Bell. With the 11th pick, this is exactly what they did by drafting offensive tackle Mehki Becton.
At 6-foot-7, 364 pounds, Becton is a straight-up brick wall on the line. And with a sub-5.10 40-yard dash, Becton is a big man that can move.
Becton was absolutely the right pick at No. 11 overall as he can potentially become a guy who is a Jet for a lifetime. With expectations high for Becton, he will likely be asked to start from Week 1.
Although this year’s class has lots of potential stars offensive tackle, Becton is a top-tier hog and it was proven through his play at Louisville.
During Becton’s junior season, he racked up very respectable accolades such as first-team All-ACC honors. Becton has a gargantuan frame that is perfectly balanced with very nimble feet.
He has the athleticism to play at either tackle spot which makes him a very valuable asset to the line because he can dominate at either position.
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Becton’s athleticism and brute strength make him able to fit in perfectly to any run-blocking scheme. To add to his physical benefits, Becton possesses a seven-foot wingspan which is rare but makes him able to recover on blocks and reach defenders.
Becton’s weight may be seen as a benefit, but he may need to lose a little to keep his athleticism in check. If he continues to perfect his craft and hit the weight room, he could become one of the best (if not the best) offensive tackle in the NFL.
Of course, there will be concerns about his overall technique in pass protection. But with time and the proper coaching, those flaws could be fixed.
The Jets made a spectacular decision grabbing Mekhi Becton, despite the associated risks, and everyone in Jets Nation is ecstatic to see what Becton can do in green and white.