6. Mekhi Becton, OT, NY Jets
Out of the 10 selections, I faced the most difficulty with Becton’s placement on this list. At 6-foot-7 and 365 pounds, Becton is a beast amongst beasts and makes the biggest linemen appear small in comparison.
Blessed with elite athleticism and size for the tackle position, Becton was expected to flourish in a zone-blocking scheme that could take full advantage of his athletic gifts.
Unfortunately, Becton’s sophomore season ended abruptly after sustaining a knee injury in their Week 1 game against Carolina. While the initial recovery timeline for his injury was four to six weeks, a slow recovery and the Jets’ poor record led to Becton missing the remainder of the season.
Becton’s injury history (he also missed two games in his rookie season) and size have Jets’ employees and fans concerned about his durability.
Given George Fant’s impressive season as Becton’s replacement at left tackle, Saleh has publicly declared that Becton will need to earn his starting spot back.
Becton arguably has the highest individual ceiling on the team, but a lack of durability and concerns about his drive to improve justify his disappointing placement on this list.