Jets rookie Mekhi Becton has been tremendous so far in 2020.
Prior to the 2020 NFL Draft, one of the best scouting reports anyone gave regarding eventual New York Jets first-round pick Mekhi Becton was fairly simple.
At his size (6-foot-7, 364 pounds), you can’t run through him. With his length (nearly 36-inch arms) and width, you can’t just run around him. And with his quickness, speed, and athleticism, you can’t count on simply sprinting right by him.
Becton’s evaluation wasn’t entirely simple — no prospect is ever perfect — but the NFL Draft process involves a degree of projection, and it was easy to see that Becton projected well to the NFL with his progression at Louisville and his unreal traits and size.
The New York Jets are discovering that Becton might not only be the best offensive lineman in a class loaded at the top with great tackle prospects, but he might already be the best player on their team.
Watching Becton work, it’s hard to disagree with Baldinger’s bold claims.
If you’re here for more Becton highlights and analysis from Baldinger, here you go.
The New York Jets absolutely could not afford another season with offensive line woes, so not only is Becton impressive, he’s a godsend for them.
For a team like the Jets, which has been the worst in the NFL through the first couple of weeks, Becton’s emergence has been a bright spot.
As Baldinger alludes to in his video breakdowns, the Jets don’t need to help the rookie left tackle with chip blocks or slide the guard over all the time — he’s fully capable of shutting down his side of the line and he did it this past weekend against the great Nick Bosa.
Just as everyone saw him do at Louisville, Becton is throwing guys to the ground, showing a tremendous anchor, and his brute strength has allowed him to re-set that anchor if need be with relative ease.
He’s not given up any sacks through two games and Sam Darnold is probably still figuring out life with some time in the pocket, at least from his blind side.
This is a much-needed great development for the New York Jets in 2020.