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2020 NFL Draft: New York Jets First Round Recap

New York Jets Draft Leadup

Going into tonight’s unique virtual style 2020 NFL Draft. Several rumors surrounded the New York Jets. Media outlets were reporting that New York was looking to move up in the draft. Because of fear, that the draft’s top four offensive tackles would be off the board by the time the Jets were on the clock. As a result, There were also reports that New York would trade down if that doomsday scenario played out.

In recent years, the board has fallen to the Jets. See Jamal Adams, Quinnen Williams, and Sam Darnold. The same thing happened this year with the Jets at 11. Thanks to a run of three quarterbacks in the top 6. The Jets were on the clock at eleven with their pick of two of the best offensive linemen left in the first round.

New York Jets Draft Louisville Offensive Tackle Mekhi Becton 11th Overall in Round One of The 2020 NFL Draft

For Jets fans, This draft selection is long overdue. You could argue that the Jets haven’t been a contending team since D’Brickashaw Ferguson and Nick Mangold’s careers came to an end. It’s been years since the Jets have used premium draft capital on an offensive lineman.

Joe Douglas made the right call in selecting Louisville Offensive Tackle Mekhi Becton. Douglas spent the offseason improving the interior of the Jets offensive line. The 6’7 364 pound Becton solidifies the Jets at, what is one of the weakest positions on their roster. Becton can play on the left or right side. He will instantly improve the Jets passing and rushing attack. Becton has the physical traits to be a mauler in the ground game, and his freakish mobility will be an asset all-around.

It’s challenging to compare Mekhi Becton to any other NFL player in the past. His abnormal size, preferred length (35 5/8 arms), and athleticism (5.1 speed in the 40-yard dash) are out of this world. Becton arguably is one of the highest ceiling players in the entire draft. The 21-year old Becton gave up only one sack, and three quarterback hits as a junior.

Franchise Quarterback Sam Darnold was drafted in 2018, but in many ways, the 2020 draft is the Sam Darnold draft. Mekhi Becton is now a Jet to help Darnold get to the next level.

Day Two Jets Draft Preview

The Jets have three selections on day two of the NFL draft. New York will be picking sixteenth overall (48) in Round 2. The Jets will also have two third-round choices. 68th and 79th overall. Because of the Leonard Williams trade, the Jets have some extra draft capital to play with. The extra ammunition will give New York the flexibility to move up or down the draft board.

New York has several needs. Wide Receiver and Pass Rusher are tops on the list, but the Jets could also be looking for a cornerback.

Some names to watch;

WR’s- Laviska Shenault Jr. (Colorado), Michael Pittman (USC), Tee Higgins (Clemson) Bryan Edwards (South Carolina) Denzel Mims (Baylor) Chase Claypool (Notre Dame) KJ Hamler (Penn State) Van Jefferson (Florida)

Edge Rushers- Terrell Lewis (Alabama), Darrell Taylor (Tennessee), Julian Okwara (Notre Dame), Alton Robinson (Syracuse), Jabari Zuniga (Florida), Jonathan Greenard (Florida), Curtis Weaver (Boise State), Bradlee Anae (Utah), Anfernee Jennings (Alabama)

Cornerbacks- Trevon Diggs (Alabama), Jaylon Johnson (Utah), Kristian Fulton (LSU), Cameron Dantzler (Mississippi State), Bryce Hall (Virginia), Amik Robertson (Louisiana Tech)


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