LOUISVILLE, KY - OCTOBER 05: Mekhi Becton #73 of the Louisville Cardinals reacts in the second half of the game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Cardinal Stadium on October 5, 2018 in Louisville, Kentucky.
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Louisville offensive tackle Mekhi Becton had his NFL Scouting Combine drug test “flagged,” complicating matters for the Jets.

Joe Douglas’s ultimate decision at No. 11 may have just hit a massive roadblock.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Louisville offensive tackle Mekhi Becton had his NFL Scouting Combine drug test “flagged,” which means he enters the NFL’s Stage 1 intervention program for no more than 60 days, per the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Despite the news just now leaking out, teams were already made aware of the flagged test.

Becton, 21, is a beast of a human. Standing 6-foot-7 and clocking in at 364 pounds, he is by far the biggest of the top four offensive tackle prospects, all of whom could be selected in the top 10 of Thursday’s NFL Draft.

The New York Jets, of course, are looking to rebuild the wall in front of young Sam Darnold. Not only did general manager Joe Douglas revamp the offensive line during free agency, but many also believe he’s primed to take one of those four tackles in the first round of the draft (11th overall).

The other three are Jedrick Wills Jr., Tristan Whirfs and Andrew Thomas. Unlike this trio, Becton offers the rawest ability to go along with such a big frame. He could be the project of the four (if there was one).

Nobody knows why the test was flagged or what it was flagged for. Speculation will now run rampant from now until the draft. Will teams become scared of the Louisville beast on draft night?

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3 years ago

Tunsil comes to mind , had him as a top 5 pick, slid to the Dolphins at 13, apparently not a long term solution , trading him to the. Texans. Still laughing at that gas mask bong.
Not sure how I feel about a PED, or a weightloss supplement . ?? More importantly what’s JD’s thinking ?

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3 years ago
Reply to  JetOrange

We still don’t know. Tunsil was a sabotage job. Here’s the thing: if it’s THC/marijuana, OK, the feeling on that thing is loosening up (as per the drug testing guidelines). But it’s still a red flag by way of self-control. For a kid readying himself for the biggest day of his life (NFL Scouting Combine), how does he not stop smoking two weeks leading up to the event? It’s a red flag in my eyes and I would guess Douglas’s, as well.