NY Jets: Mekhi Becton a top-6 OT according to NFL personnel

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The NY Jets have one of the best young offensive tackles in the NFL in second-year pro Mekhi Becton. But could he already be among the elites at his position?

A recent survey of 50 NFL executives, coaches, scouts, and players seems to indicate that may be the case.

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler revealed the results of his survey on Saturday and Becton not only made the top-10 but he was ranked as the sixth-best offensive tackle in all of football.

Astonishingly, at least one voter ranked Becton as the second-best player at his position in the NFL. None of those surveyed ranked him lower than 12th.

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One NFL executive was especially complimentary of Becton's incredible physical traits.

"He's generational in terms of athleticism and size. Very rare."

Anonymous NFC executive

Meanwhile, an AFC scout simply declared that Becton had "Hall of Fame traits." That much seemed evident in his rookie season.

Despite being considered a bit of a project coming out of college, Becton stepped in as a day-one starter and looked the part of a future All-Pro at his position.

But the question remains, is he already one of the best players at his position? Perhaps it's a little premature to say so.

Becton's 74.4 Pro Football Focus grade last season was very good and ranked 31st among offensive tackles — second-highest of all rookie tackles behind Tristan Wirfs.

His 83.8 percent pass block win rate ranked just 49th among tackles, but he was significantly more effective in the run game ranking 16th with a 76 percent in run block win rate.

As Fowler puts it, "there is some projection from voters here." Clearly, those who voted are banking on Becton taking a massive leap in his second season.

Based solely on his 2020 numbers, he wasn't a top-10 tackle. Not even close. But it's very easy to see him reaching those heights very, very soon. Perhaps as soon as this upcoming season.

At 6-foot-7, 363 pounds, Becton moves like a player half his size. It's that combination of size and athleticism that gives him legitimate Hall of Fame upside.

Injuries have proved to be a slight concern early in his career with the former Louisville star missing a pair of games as a rookie. Becton is also dealing with a foot injury that kept him sidelined for spring practices.

But if he stays healthy, Becton should take his place among the elite offensive tackles in the game before long.

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And if you ask NFL personnel, he might already be there.