The first round and the New York Jets have had an interesting relationship in recent years. While they’ve drafted stars like quarterback Sam Darnold and All pro Safety Jamal Adams. it’s more often a miss than hit. From a plethora of defensive linemen to mediocre secondary additions, the Jets just haven’t made the most of their first round picks.
However, with a loaded offensive line class and what seems to be the best wide receiver draft class in years, the Jets had had everything laid out to make a splash.
After spending a majority of free agency upgrading their offensive line General Manager Joe Douglas and the Jets decided to go all in on protecting their franchise quarterback. As a result, they land their left tackle of the future, the massive Mehki Becton out of Louisville. Mehki Becton marks the first time The New York Jets have taken an offensive linemen in the first round since 2006.
Massive could be an understatement when it comes to Becton. The 6’7, 364lb tackle is, as it stands right now , the second biggest player in the league.
NFL.com’s Draft profile had this to say when describing Becton:
“Enormous frame complemented by surprisingly nimble feet and functional athleticism to handle either tackle spot. Becton’s combination of movement and force should allow him to fit easily into all running schemes, but he needs to play with better patience in order to control and redirect all that mass into centered blocks in both run and pass. His technique and set-up are better than expected in pass pro, while his size and length allow him to recover and redirect both inside and outside rushes. With all really big prospects, weight and quickness will be concerns, but Becton’s areas of concern are correctable or manageable if he’s disciplined enough to prioritize them. He has the potential to be a good starter on either side, but the weight creates an obvious low-floor scenario.”NFL.com draft profile
Adding Mehki Becton in addition to all the other OL moves in free agency immediately presents a fantasy impact. Sam Darnold, who was the second most pressured QB in the league last season, gets the benefit of having more time in the pocket to throw. Le’Veon Bell’s production will also increase greatly as Becton was an incredible run blocker at Louisville, and for a rushing attack ranking 31st in DVOA, they’ll need all the help they can get.
Draft Grade: A
It is hard to give this pick anything but an A. While there is a chance he won’t reach the very high ceiling most experts have projected, the sheer athleticism of Becton at his size is very hard to find and very hard to ignore. It’s a pick the New York Jets have needed to make for years and marks what is hopefully the first of many good drafts for Joe Douglas and company.
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