• COVID flipped life upside down for Reed Privacy Notice 24), per ESPN Stats & Information research. I like that." Jets should take note of the last tackle drafted 11th overall, Where to purchase your favorite NFL team's face covering, Like us on Facebook to see similar stories, Scientists: Herd immunity strategy against COVID will kill, not help, Fast Food May Be Your Only Dining Out Option Left, Experts Warn. He's the tackle who could produce greatness given his physical gifts. I believe he could be a left tackle or could slide inside. There is nobody who really does that. “. Thomas makes sense in that he's a safe and dependable option. He showed that at the scouting combine, and it should come in handy against the NFL's speedy top-end pass-rushers. That could change with this year's options. -- Baldinger, "Can he play left? • Full class rankings from Scouts Inc. » The New York Jets have found their man to protect Sam Darnold’s blindside in Louisville’s Mekhi Becton. I believe he's going to get better. Your Ad Choices 11 overall) even though they added four linemen in free agency. Thomas can play left and right tackle, and he'd bring some punch to the running game, but his footwork can get sloppy at times. • Jags using silver to battle COVID-19. Become a ‘left handed’ team and run behind ‘Highway 77’ He makes grown men disappear @BigTicket73 #BaldysBreakdowns,” Baldinger tweeted. Geoff Schwartz, a former longtime NFL offensive lineman who works for Sirius XM, had a similar take. He's not known as the physical finisher, but he gets the job done. It has been a long time since the Jets used a high pick on a lineman -- 2006, when they drafted D'Brickashaw Ferguson and Nick Mangold in the first round. "Nobody can do what he does. He doesn't have as much raw power as a Wirfs or a Wills. -- NFL scout. Show full articles without "Continue Reading" button for {0} hours. Your hands can get you out of trouble. He's got quickness, he's tough, he does everything you want him to do. Physically they can't do." Listen on Apple Podcasts | Spotify, Blue Rush: A NY Giants Podcast The Giants are in position to draft a tackle, start him on the right side or as a swing tackle, and then contemplate a move to the left side when Nate Solder (who turned 32 over the weekend) is gone. Saban even thinks Wills could successfully make the transition to left tackle. I would venture to say he’s one of the best OTs in the game already https://t.co/4z4igzrXDq, — Damien Woody (@damienwoody) September 22, 2020. And he still gives you some athletic upside." Louisville tackle Mekhi Becton, the biggest player at this year's NFL draft combine at 6-foot-7⅜ and 364 pounds, had Indianapolis buzzing after he ran the 40-yard dash in 5.10 seconds. -- Cubelic, "It's ridiculous how good he can be. The official source for NFL news, video highlights, fantasy football, game-day coverage, schedules, stats, scores and more. He would start on the right side and, depending on how things shake out over the next few seasons, potentially move to the left. There hasn't been much buzz connecting Thomas to the Giants, aside from some FaceTime sessions with the team. Jets fit: Scouts are mixed on Thomas, whose pass-protection skills need to be refined. • Bowen's favorites » | Pick analysis » SEC Network analyst and former Auburn offensive lineman Cole Cubelic explained. Wills and Wirfs were each left off a ballot. What he would bring: Wills is a powerful right tackle and a force in the run game. He has that ability, but I believe he has to work a whole bunch on his technique." -- Cubelic, "He's the most pro-ready of the group. Wirfs could replace Chuma Edoga at right tackle, then move to left in 2021, if he's up to it and the circumstances permit. -- NFL scout, "Don't think you can go wrong with Wirfs. I think he has the best lower-body flexibility, and I think he's the most ready, instantly, to come in and impact what you're doing." The surprising part is that the order in which they will be picked varies depending on the team and individual. Isaiah Wilson and Josh Jones received one fourth-place vote apiece. The LeBron James of offensive tackles is how one evaluator described Becton physically. The New York Jets also have options. Other O-linemen who impressed during the first Friday night live workouts at Lucas Oil Stadium were Iowa’s Tristan … Everybody that has watched him and evaluated him doesn't think going to the left side would be a problem." Giants fit: This is where the Saban-Joe Judge connection comes into play. Here are some highlights from Becton’s Louisville career: [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3dwjZk1ihc&w=1000&h=563], Jets nab Louisville OT Mekhi Becton with 11th pick in 2020 NFL Draft, Meet Lloyd Voss, the Jets' last 11th overall pick. Jets fit: There's a lot to like about Wirfs, arguably the most athletic tackle in the draft, but he's far from a finished product in terms of technique. 10 pick and need a left tackle ASAP. Connect with friends faster than ever with the new Facebook app. Love the way he comes off the ball. You worry about how strong he is. If they want to keep him at left tackle, where he played his final two seasons at Louisville, they could move recently signed George Fant to right tackle. 1 tackle on general manager Joe Douglas' draft board. Giants fit: Wirfs is a strong fit and the favorite to be selected by the Giants, who have expressed strong interest from the start. Pro Football Focus rated Becton as the No. -- NFL scout, "He's an outlier because he brings that old-school size like Orlando Pace, Jonathan Ogden, Lincoln Kennedy with the new-school athletic skills of your 305 and 310 guy (his weight). WATCH: Highlights of new Jets OT Mekhi Becton. Take former Jets and Patriots offensive lineman Damien Woody, for instance. Listen on Apple Podcasts | Spotify, © 2020 NYP Holdings, Inc. All Rights Reserved Just plug him in at right tackle and the Jets won't have to worry about that position for a long time. Mekhi Becton Highlights for the NFL scouting prospect for the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft and the 2021 NFL Mock Draft from DraftBlaster. His work ethic is also unquestioned. -- Offensive line coach, "He doesn't use his hands as well as all the other guys. Jets fit: Wills would be excellent value with the No. Some believe Wirfs has the ability to slide inside to guard, but the Jets addressed their guard situation in free agency. More NFL draft coverage ». Post was not sent - check your email addresses! That said, he would immediately become the most talented tackle on the Jets' roster. When running outside the right tackle, the Jets gained 4.2 yards per carry (ranked No. He is a strong run blocker (which should help a team heavily committed to the run) and scheme-versatile, an important factor because the Giants want a multifaceted offense under Judge and coordinator Jason Garrett. Wills would be an ideal fit in an offense expected to be more run-heavy than most. Sometimes he gets overextended. Probably. NOW PLAYING video But it would be a disservice to him." Wirfs was sneaking in workouts at the YMCA in Indianapolis in the days leading up to his eye-opening combine performance. Giants fit: He's another versatile tackle who can start on the right before eventually making his way to the other side of the line. He has more flaws than Wirfs, Thomas or Wills, but he's raw." • Free-agency coverage » | More NFL ». -- NFL coach, "He's got a lot of technique problems, but his size and movement are elite. Thanks for contacting us. They are leaning toward offensive tackle with their first-round pick (No. Brian Baldinger Baldy's Breakdown | Tackle Mekhi Becton NFL Network Analyst Brian Baldinger Takes a Closer Look at the 11th Overall Selection by the New York Jets. “Mekhi Becton has elite recovery skills in pass pro,” he tweeted in a video of Becton going up against Bosa. The Giants aren't the Cleveland Browns, who have the No. He's ideal for a team that would want to throw him on the blind side on Day 1, even though he played his freshman season on the right side. Listen on Apple Podcasts | Spotify, Amazin' But True: A NY Mets Podcast 4, there are options. -- NFL scout, "Not an ass kicker. https://www.steelers.com/video/mekhi-becton-ol-louisville-college-highlights Becton can play both tackle spots, as he started 12 games last season for Louisville with 10 games at left tackle and two games at right tackle. The decision could come down to whether they believe he can be coached out of his technique issues. Rookie left tackle Mekhi Becton looks like an absolute keeper, several experts believe. Microsoft may earn an Affiliate Commission if you purchase something through recommended links in this article. We've never seen that before. 10 gift ideas that are on sale for Amazon Prime Day, The best headphone deals you can buy this Amazon Prime Day, The best Amazon Prime Day deals you can buy today, Amazon takes up to 30 percent off Fitbit devices for Prime Day, Marshall speakers up to 35 percent off for Amazon Prime Day, Cardi B was in bed with Offset when she accidentally posted her nude photo. "What do you need the most out of that pick if it's going to be a tackle?" A look at how ESPN's 11-person panel voted. • Morris' message: 'Force your will' But I think he's the most game-ready, and he's the most battle-tested at left tackle. • Garrett, Big Ben are back in rematch Terms of Use Giants replacing Saquon Barkley with two-time Pro Bowler, THE BEST INSIGHTS FROM THE ULTIMATE INSIDERS, Pinstripe Pod: A NY Yankees Podcast Do Not Sell My Personal Information, Your California Privacy Rights But Becton also comes with the most risk, which diminishes the chances he will be the Giants' pick. He can move, play with power and finish. He also can get to the perimeter on wide-receiver screens, a staple in coach Adam Gase's offense. As the chart shows, Becton was our top-ranked tackle, edging Wills for first in total points with 32 and in first-place votes (5-4).