Becton figures to make an impact from day one based upon the Jets' projected depth chart:
QB: Sam Darnold, David Fales
RB: Le'Veon Bell, Trenton Cannon
WR 1: Breshad Perriman, Josh Doctson
WR 2: Quincy Enunwa, Josh Malone
WR 3: Jamison Crowder, Braxton Berrios
TE: Christopher Herndon IV, Ryan Griffin
LT: Mekhi Becton,
LG: Alex Lewis, Conor McDermott
C: Connor McGovern, Jonotthan Harrison
RG: Brian Winters/Greg Van Roten
RT: George Fant/Chuma Edoga
Bleacher Report's Matt Miller listed Becton at No. 18 among all prospects and No. 4 among offensive tackles on his final big board.
Offensive line was reportedly the Jets' top priority this offseason:
Becton skyrocketed his stock at February's combine. He became the heaviest player since 2006 to run the 40-yard dash in under 5.2 seconds, according to ESPN Stats & Information (h/t Jeff Legwold).
However, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported on April 17 that Becton was among players with drug tests flagged at the combine:
Ian Rapoport @RapSheet
Multiple players had drug tests flagged at the NFL Combine & among those is projected top 10 pick #Louisville OT Mekhi Becton, I’m told. Teams were made aware of this. Becton had no failed drug tests in college. Per new CBA rules, he goes into Stage 1 for no more than 60 days.
Becton was compared to former Pro Bowl offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie by NFL.com's Lance Zierlein, who also projected him to become a quality starter as a rookie with a 6.74 prospect grade.
Sam Darnold, who was sacked 33 times in just 13 starts last season, should be happy to see Becton walk through New York's facility doors. Running back Le'Veon Bell, who was underwhelming for the league's second-worst rushing attack in his first season with the Jets, will also be happy.