The 6-foot-7, 367-pound Louisville OT, Mekhi Becton could be a perfect fit as the Giants look to fortify their line in front of Daniel Jones. And Becton is up for the challenge.
Asked Wednesday at the NFL Combine whether he would like to play for the Giants — who have the No. 4 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft — Becton said he would “love to.”
“The blue — blue and red,” Becton joked about why he felt the Giants were a good fit. He then got serious.
“I just like how grimy you guys are. Just love the New York griminess.”
Becton, who expects to meet with the Giants, has already met with the Jets.
Adding that he wants to get down to around 350 pounds (“I’m willing to lose weight. Whatever they need me to do”), Becton said he needs to work on his footwork and hand placement, but was not lacking confidence.
“I feel I’m the most dominant tackle in this draft,” he said. “You wouldn’t go wrong picking me. … They don’t expect a person like me to move that well, so I feel like I surprise a lot of people. … I love being the biggest offensive lineman. I love intimidating guys.”
While the 20-year-old Becton would be protection for Jones, he would also be someone Saquon Barkley can run behind.
“Open the hole and run behind me,” Becton said. “I can get you to score a touchdown, pretty much. Just run behind me, you’re gonna score.”
NFL Network draft expert Daniel Jeremiah recently explained in detail why the Giants should tab Becton at No. 4.
“I know there’s depth at the tackle class,” Jeremiah said. “To me Mekhi Becton is a freak, from Louisville, an absolute freak. I’m not in the business of trading off freaks at a need position. He’s a left tackle. He’s a better version of Bryant McKinnie. He’s going to be that guy for the next 10 to 12 years to protect your franchise quarterback. He’s so big, so long, so athletic, even when he is not perfect, it doesn’t matter because nobody can get through him. He’s 6’7″, 370 pounds. You just don’t see guys like that come around very often. I know trade-back options exist. I know you can take a defensive playmaker. To me I’m not trading off that pick. I’m sitting there right there taking Mekhi Becton.”
Meanwhile, sources recently told SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano that the Giants already “love” Iowa tackle Tristan Wirfs, and that they have expressed similar interest in Alabama’s Jedrick Wills. Andrew Thomas is another tackle to keep an eye on.
Giants GM Dave Gettleman said Tuesday that the Giants are “open for business,” though it should be noted that Gettleman has never traded back in the draft.