With their 11th overall selection in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Jets decided to protect Sam Darnold by choosing Lousiville's Mekhi Becton.
In his first 1-on-1 interview with SNY's Jeane Coakley, he wasn't shy at all when talking about what sets him apart from the rest of the offensive tackles in this draft.
"I feel like I'm the most dominant tackle in this draft," he said confidently. "Honestly, the tape shows that you can see I'm dumping people and finishing every time."
At 6-foot-7, 364-pounds, Becton is a massive force in both the pass and run game. It'll be extremely hard for defenders to get around his blocks, and as a former offensive lineman himself, GM Joe Douglas can certainly appreciate that.
He can also appreciate a kid from Richmond, Va. where he grew up. Becton discussed that connection with Douglas when they got to know one another.
"That's great because when I talked to him the other day, he was just naming streets and I'm like, 'Yo, I know that street name. I drove that street before,'" he said. "So it was just nice knowing that I can talk to him about Richmond and he can talk to me about Richmond."
While saying he can't wait to block for Darnold and Le'Veon Bell as well as meeting his new O-line teammates, Becton also gave a vote of confidence to Jets fans wondering what he will bring to the table from day one.
"A guy that's going to come to work every day," he said. "I'm coming to work, I'm ready. I promise you I'm not going to let New York down."