Before the 2020 NFL Draft, there were concerns that if the Jets didn't trade up, they could miss out on all of the "Big Four" offensive linemen. Instead, they stayed put and took the best tackle available on their board.
Sliding to the Jets at No. 11 were Mekhi Becton and Tristan Wirfs, and the Jets went for Becton, the massive tackle whose incredible speed was the talk of the NFL Combine and who arguably has the highest upside of the Big Four.
"I think my demeanor is real nasty," Becton said on a conference call shortly after getting picked. "I like to see my man on the ground."
And Becton, who was the third offensive tackle off the board -- after the Giants took Andrew Thomas at No. 4 and the Cleveland Browns took Jedrick Wills at No. 10 -- didn't hesitate when asked if he felt he was the best offensive lineman in the draft.
"I feel like I am," he said. "Time will tell. I've just got to go to work. I'm ready to go to work."
Becton, who added that he was excited to meet Sam Darnold -- "He can take a team pretty far" -- also discussed the flagged drug test that came to light earlier this week.
"It was just a messed up drug test," Becton explained. "I made a mistake. Young mistake that won't happen again -- a one-time mistake that's never gonna happen again. ... I was (concerned) at first, but the more I got honest with teams that asked about it, there more I felt better about it."
While Becton's performance in college spoke for itself and his ceiling is incredibly high, there were some concerns before the draft about his weight, which was a topic of discussion during his time at Louisville.
Noting that his ideal weight is around 350-355 pounds, Becton said he's currently at 363 but is "still working to get that lower every day."
"Once I started training, I started to figure out that I would burn like 1,200 calories in a workout . ... that's why my weight was fluctuating so much," he explained. "Once I got (to Louisville), I figured out I needed to eat more. And once I started to eat more, the weight started to fall off."
With Becton on board, the Jets will now turn their attention to their other glaring needs -- including wide receiver and pass-rushing help -- when Round 2 of the draft starts on Friday night.