1. Mekhi Becton, OT, NY Jets
Mekhi Becton deserves a ton of credit for getting himself into the best shape of his career, earning a starter job this summer, and staying healthy throughout most of the 2023 season.
Given how challenging the last two years must have been for Becton, just returning to live football action and staying healthy is a major win for the young offensive tackle. Unfortunately, his actual performance this season has left a lot to be desired.
The former first-round pick leads all offensive tackles with 12 sacks allowed this season. He's also been penalized a whopping 18 times in just 15 games in 2023. His 51.1 Pro Football Focus grade ranks 73rd out of 84 qualified offensive tackles.
Becton's struggles came to a head this past week against the Cleveland Browns when he allowed a career-worst eight pressures on 52 pass-block snaps. His atrocious 10.4 PFF pass-block grade was also a new career low.
It says something that in a season with as many injuries and offensive line changes as the Jets have had, Becton has arguably been the team's worst starting offensive lineman.
The Jets declined Becton's fifth-year option last year, meaning that he will be a free agent this offseason. It's hard to envision any scenario in which Becton returns to the team in 2024.
Both sides are clearly ready to move on at this point, and the Jets could (and should) absolutely do better at left tackle next season. Becton needs a change of scenery, and the Jets need more consistent play.
Sunday will be Becton's final game with the team that drafted him.