Jets Select Mekhi Becton With No. 11 Pick in NFL Draft

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The Jets selected OL Mekhi Becton with the No. 11 pick of the 2020 NFL Draft. Becton was born in Virginia and attended Highland Springs High School where he was rated as a three-star prospect. Heavily recruited, especially by the Virginia Cavaliers, Becton eventually committed to Louisville.

Becton entered the 2020 NFL Draft after a three-year career with the Cardinals. During his freshman season, Becton was a lead blocker during QB Lamar Jackson’s final season in Louisville. Becton fills a lot of space on the offensive line, as he is 6-foot-7 and a whopping 364 pounds. Nimble and quick for a man of his size, he turned heads after posting a 5.10 time in the 40-yard dash during the NFL Scouting Combine back in February.New York Jets NFL Draft Picks 2020: Round-by-Round Results, Grades

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Becton played in 35 games (33 starts) for Louisville and showed his versatility by playing at both the left and right tackle positions. A rock-solid run blocker, Becton needs polishing as a pass protector. That’s a coachable skill that can be learned at the NFL level. Becton’s over/under draft position was set at 8.5 at Bovada with OVER (-155) as the favorite and UNDER (+115) as the underdog.

Here’s why SI’s Kevin Hanson ranked Becton as the No. 15 overall player on his big board:

Becton has rare size and length. Given his size, Becton has the strength you'd expect and is a mauler in the run game. While he has work to do for his pass protection to catch up to his prowess as a run blocker, he has rare movement skills for a man his size.

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