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Jets sign top pick Mekhi Becton, towering offensive lineman, to four-year deal

Louisville offensive lineman Mekhi Becton on Oct. 26, 2019. Credit: AP/Timothy D. Easley

The Jets hope Mekhi Becton will spend the next several years protecting quarterback Sam Darnold’s blind side, and the team took the next step with that plan by signing their 2020 first-round pick to a contract. The Jets tweeted the news Monday night.

Becton, the 11th overall selection, is the eighth of their nine picks signed to a contract. Safety Ashtyn Davis, a third-round pick, remains unsigned. Becton signed a four-year, $18.45 million deal that is fully guaranteed, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.