Offensive tackle Mekhi Becton, selected 11th overall in the 2020 NFL draft by the New York Jets, said his flagged drug test at the NFL scouting combine was a "one-time mistake" -- one he initially feared would damage his draft stock.
"It was just a messed-up drug test, you know," Becton told reporters Thursday night on a video conference. "I made a mistake, a young mistake that won't happen again. It was a one-time mistake that's never going to happen again."
Becton said he was worried "at first" by the potential fallout, but he added, "The more I got honest with teams that asked about it, the more I felt better about it. They were just telling me, 'Just be honest about it. Don't try to lie.' It was better for me to be honest about the whole situation."
It's hard to say whether the flagged test, which was leaked to the media last Friday, impacted Becton's status. He was the third offensive tackle off the board, behind Andrew Thomas (fourth, New York Giants) and Jedrick Wills Jr. (10th, Cleveland Browns).
Becton admitted he was disappointed that he wasn't picked sooner. When he received the call from the Jets, it triggered an emotional celebration with family members.