Blewett’s Blitz continues its NFL Draft look with New York Jets prospect Mekhi Becton, a big man who brings legitimate athleticism.
Eleven is an important number for the New York Jets this offseason. With Joe Douglas at the helm, and his insistence on the offensive line remaining firm (as recent as Wednesday’s conference call), one of the big-four offensive tackles can be the choice at No. 11 in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Perhaps not. Perhaps he goes wide receiver. But either way, Blewett’s Blitz is getting you ready. Following the Andrew Thomas look, he now dives into Louisville’s Mekhi Becton, an athletic freak for his size.
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Mekhi Becton (LT) consistently showcases his size (6-foot-7, 364 pounds) and strength. Here, Becton is tasked with blocking in what looks like zone blocking on the front side. Becton shows patience, doesn’t reach for the block and gets his right hand into the armpit. Then, he uses circular force to throw him into the ground and then finishes.
Becton gets into his vertical pass set and has the running back looking for a block before he releases. As the edge rusher closes ground, Becton shoots with both hands and his feet freeze.
The edge continues up the arc, Becton jumps to the outside while crossing his feet and allows the edge to continue on a good angle to the quarterback. Becton needs to be more aware of the quarterback’s set point and let the rusher continue up the arc.
Louisville goes with a veer read with a jet motion to tie in some misdirection. Becton wants to kick out the edge. I would like to see more control here from Becton and work to the edge on a better angle with more controlled feet.
Becton still wins even without getting his feet/hips under his block. Becton is able to get his right hand onto the edge and throw him outside showing some absurd power.
Becton takes his zone/drop-step with his left foot and works up to the second level bypassing the tight 5/4-tech. Becton works up to the backer on a good angle but needs more control in his climb.
Becton needs to have a better base, get more square to the linebacker as he climbs. The linebacker easily defeats the block and would’ve challenged the running back if he wasn’t tackled in the backfield.
Seems like with Becton it all comes down to whether he will take coaching well. If he does, the raw materials here are off the charts, and he has the chance to be an Ogden-level (or better) OT legend. Everything I’ve heard about his character suggests that he can be coached up. I would imagine Pollack is licking his chops at the thought of getting this guy.
High ceiling but also has a lower floor then the other 3 because of how raw in certain areas he is. I do agree that if he is coached well and reaches his ceiling he could be one of the best OT’s in the league. Don’t see guys as big/strong as he is, move the way he does.