Mekhi Becton punches big ticket

@BigTicket73 getting ready for the Big Apple.

Mekhi Becton is headed for the bright lights of New York, as a Jet. The 6-foot-7, 364 pound offensive tackle was taken 11th in the first round in the National Football League draft. That guarantees him a huge pay day.

The announcement came an hour and a half into the virtual draft held in  the basement of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodall’s home.

Becton recruited by former coach Bobby Petrino, flourished under head coach Scott Satterfield at left tackle winning the Jacobs Blocking trophy as the Atlantic Coast Conference’s most outstanding blocker.

Offensive assistant coach Dewayne Bedford played a huge on Becton getting in shape and working with him to become a force for the Cardinals. He showed up at UofL badly out of shape at 390 pounds during his freshman year.

Becton didn’t play in UofL’s Music City Bowl win over Mississippi State. He had returned from injury for the Cards final regular season games against Syracuse and Kentucky and didn’t want to compromise his future.

“I still play like I have a lot to prove,” said Becton. “I just want to go out there and prove it.”

The Jets seem to like former Cardinals players as Kerry Rhodes, Calvin Pryor, Bilal Powell, Lorenzo Mauldin have been drafted by the Jets. The UofL media guide list 11 former Cardinals. He’s the second highest Cardinal drafted, behind Amobi Okoye who went 10th in 2007 to Houston.

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Author: Ed Peak

Ed Peak has covered UofL sports since 1973, as a student reporter, as a correspondent for the Courier-Journal, a freelancer for the Associated Press and United Press International, as well as ScoreCard, Fox Sports and CBS radio.