2020 NFL Draft: Jets build around Darnold with pick of Mekhi Becton

TALLAHASSEE, FL – SEPTEMBER 21: Tackle Mekhi Becton #73 of the Louisville Cardinals during the game against the Florida State Seminoles at Doak Campbell Stadium on Bobby Bowden Field on September 21, 2019 in Tallahassee, Florida. The Seminoles defeated the Cardinals 35 to 24. HE heads to the Jets in the 2020 NFL Draft. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)

With the eleventh pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the New York Jets select Mekhi Becton, left tackle, University of Louisville.

The New York Jets have been one of the maligned franchises in the NFL in recent years. They hope that they can turn things around and turn over a new leaf under the direction of new General Manager Joe Douglas. Douglas took over for the previous General Manager, Mike Maccagnan, in June of last year. So the 2020 NFL Draft is the first draft for Douglas as General Manager of the Jets, and he lands Mekhi Becton.

New York had varying success in the draft under Maccagnan. While he was responsible for drafting solid players like Sam Darnold, Quinnen Williams, Jamal Adams, and Marcus Maye, Maccagnan also drafted busts such as Jachai Polite, Darron Lee, Christian Hackenberg, Devin Smith, and Lorenzo Mauldin. Joe Douglas will look to turn things around and enjoy more consistent success in the draft going forward.

Prior to joining the Jets, Joe Douglas was the Vice President of Player Personnel with the Philadelphia Eagles. During his time in Philadelphia, he helped the Eagles draft quality players such as Carson Wentz, Dallas Goedert, Miles Sanders, Andre Dillard, and Isaac Seumalo.

The theme for the Jets this offseason is to upgrade the talent around franchise quarterback Sam Darnold. They need to give him the best chance of success as he enters his all-important third season. New York hopes that the selection of Becton helps Darnold reach his immense ceiling and lead the Jets to new heights.