Weight: 255 pounds
Projected Position: DE/DT
Rivals: three-star, No. 40 weak-side defensive end, No. 15 player in Virginia
247: three-star, No. 50 weak-side defensive end, No. 19 player in Virginia
ESPN: three-star, No. 53 defensive end, No. 15 player in Virginia
Other Power 5 Offers: 12 (per 247Sports)
I’ve been saying recently on podcasts and in articles that I was neutral to Jaevon Becton as a prospect. I didn’t mind that the Hokies offered him and took him as a member of this class, but I wasn’t blown away by him either. But I was evaluating him as a 6-foot-4, 240-pound defensive end, and at that build and that position in Virginia Tech’s scheme, his athletic ability didn’t stand out to me.
Then when I started researching him for this scouting report, the first thing I noticed is that Virginia Tech lists him at 6-foot-3 and 255 pounds. That’s an inch shorter and 15 pounds heavier that he was listed as a recruit. That changes a lot, in my mind. I now view him as a prospect who could realistically move inside to defensive tackle, and I think his overall athleticism is better suited for that position in Virginia Tech’s scheme.
Long arms: Becton has very good length. He certainly has the wing span to play defensive end at Virginia Tech, even if I do question his “twitch” for that position. He uses those long arms effectively against blockers, and he should improve that part of his game with college coaching.
Big base: Becton has large thighs. As of last summer,...
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