NY Jets news: Jets meet with Derek Carr again, Mekhi Becton option

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The NY Jets met with free-agent quarterback Derek Carr a little under two weeks ago after the longtime Las Vegas Raiders QB was officially released. Now, at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, they've met with him again.

The Jets, including team owner Woody Johnson, reportedly met with Carr at the Combine on Wednesday. This comes after he met with both the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers on Tuesday in Indianapolis.

Carr has now had two official meetings with both the Jets and Saints and one meeting with the Panthers. It seems as though the Saints are ready and eager to get a deal done, but Carr and the Jets would prefer to wait on Aaron Rodgers.

Until Rodgers makes his decision, the entire quarterback market is on hold, but the Jets are certainly gathering as much information as they can on Carr in the meantime.

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NY Jets unsure about Mekhi Becton's fifth-year option

General manager Joe Douglas spoke to reporters at the Combine on Tuesday, and one of the topics he discussed was the future of Mekhi Becton.

Douglas was complimentary of his young offensive tackle, insisting that Becton "is in as good of a place now as [he's] seen him in a long time." However, Douglas stopped shy of committing to him in the future.

When asked if the Jets were going to pick up Becton's fifth-year option, a decision that must be made before May 1st of this year, Douglas was noncommittal.

Given the fact that Becton has played just one game since his rookie season in 2020, it's hard to believe the Jets will do so. They may be optimistic about his current status, but that doesn't mean they'll be willing to commit themselves to him in 2024.

Mel Kiper projects surprise pick to the Jets in latest mock draft

ESPN's Mel Kiper released his latest mock draft on Wednesday, and he had quite a few very controversial selections listed. One of those peculiar projections was the Jets drafting Oklahoma offensive tackle Anton Harrison with the 13th overall pick.

The pick absolutely fills a need for the Jets, as many expect the team to draft an offensive lineman this April. However, the selection of Harrison is what raised some eyebrows. Most consider Harrison to be a Day 2 prospect, so seeing him go as high as 13 was pretty surprising.

A two-year starter at Oklahoma, Harrison has good length, at 6-foot-5, 309 pounds, and is one of the better pass blockers in this class, but he's only an average athlete and lacks the functional strength and technical refinement to be an instant-impact starter.

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This feels like a major reach to me, but Kiper is clearly higher on Harrison than most. It's hard to disagree with the position, but the individual player choice here is a little confounding.