New York Jets: GM Joe Douglas hits home run in first Gang Green draft

Joe Douglas, New York Jets. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
Joe Douglas, New York Jets. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) /
2 of 8
New York Jets
Mekhi Becton, New York Jets. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

Round 1, Pick 11: Offensive Tackle – Mekhi Becton, Louisville

In the first round, the New York Jets selected University of Louisville left tackle, Mekhi Becton. Becton is a day-one starter for Gang Green and is tasked to protect Sam Darnold‘s blindside. The former Cardinals lineman was viewed as one of the four best players at the position in the draft.

His makeup, 6-7, 364-pounds, should put fear into his opponents every week. Becton drew headlines at the combine when he posted a 5.1 40-yard dash.

Sam Darnold has spent his first two seasons constantly dodging defenders and forcing throws. Having Mekhi Becton covering his blindside should bring the young quarterback some ease. Becton’s pure strength and athleticism give edge rushers little to no advantage when matched up with him.

He will also have an impact on the rushing game, an area where Gang Green finished 31st in the NFL last season.

Team Fit

Mekhi Becton fits the Jets like a glove. The team has many holes, but it’s biggest was on the offensive line. A player of Becton’s caliber at No.11 made this pick an easy one. The behemoth from Louisville is a cornerstone piece on the offensive line. Something the Jets have lacked.

D’Bricakshaw Ferguson manned left tackle for the Jets from 2006-2015. Since then, it’s been a revolving door of mediocrity. 2006 was also the last time the Jets took an offensive lineman in the first round. Becton has the tools to bring the Jets Ferguson-like stability.