We were notified yesterday that a few players were flagged for failed drug tests, including projected top 10 pick Mekhi Becton. According to Ian Rapoport, teams were made aware of this at the combine and he also went on to say that Becton had no failed drug tests in his collegiate career. Here are a few of my knee-jerk reactions:
- Laremy Tunsil was the first thing to pop in my brain when I read the news. Yes Tunsil’s situation was much different on two aspects. One, being projected to potentially go #1 before the Titans traded their pick to the Rams. Secondly, Mekhi Becton didn’t have a video of him smoking weed with a gas mask on like he is playing Call of Duty: Warzone. Tunsil dropped not only out of the top 5, but the top 10 and slid all the way to Dolphins at pick 13. Which brings me to my second point.
- Teams that were in search of a offensive tackle picking in the teens or early 20s in the draft considering a trade, may no longer have to. First team that fits this mold is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With TB12 coming in, it is clear that the Buccaneers they are win now mode. Rumors were already swirling to move up to the Jets pick at 11 if one of the big 4 offensive tackles remained. Now with pick 14, I do believe Mekhi will slip at least a few spots. If he slips past the Bucs, I do not see him going past the Dolphins second pick of the round at pick 18. There’s now also the possibility of somebody jumping into the teens to get Becton.
- As a Jets fan, I must say this could be our best bounce of the draft. Becton has sky high potential and is literally a grizzly bear that can run. I did not think he would be the 4th offensive tackle available for the Jets at 11 however, this type of report does not sit will with most teams. Becton’s ability in the run game to stimulate Bell’s protection as well as be the blindside protector of Darnold, makes him a home run pick. It will be tough to avoid a WR with us most likely having our pick of the litter. I think Becton’s upside is worth the risk and would be a fantastic start to Joe Douglas’ draft career as a GM.