Initial Reaction – New York Jets Select OT Mekhi Becton

Joe Caporoso with initial reaction to the New York Jets selecting Louisville OT Mekhi Becton

The New York Jets got their offensive tackle with the 11th overall pick in the NFL Draft, landing the player we most commonly mocked to them in Mekhi Becton, from Louisville. It was somewhat surprising the Jets went Becton with Tristan Wirfs on the board but Becton has the most upside of any tackle in this class and has a freakish combination of size and athleticism. 

Periodically compared to Bryant McKinnie , Becton is 6’7, 365 pounds and can still run a 5.1 forty yard dash. The junior started 11 games at left tackle last season (he also has experience starting on the right side) and rose up draft boards off a strong season and impressive combine. He was most people’s fourth ranked overall tackle in a tightly bunched together group but has massive long term potential to be a cornerstone left tackle, a position the Jets desperately needed to fill ASAP.

Becton still needs refinement to his overall game but has the necessary athleticism to fit into what should be a zone heavy Jets offensive scheme. There is nobody on the roster that should prevent him from being the day one starter at left tackle. You can debate about taking Becton over Wirfs but the general value of getting Becton at #11 is solid and it is far past time the Jets addressed a premium position in the first round and invested in protecting Sam Darnold. There may be bumps with a likely to be heavily abbreviated offseason but long term, Becton should become a key building block for this offense. AND HE IS NOT A DEFENSIVE TACKLE.

 

You can listen to more Mekhi Becton analysis right here and stay tuned for a new podcast tonight discussing the pick…

Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the EVP of Content at Whistle Sports