The Jets, who drafted tackle Mekhi Becton 11th overall on Thursday night, returned to the offensive line this afternoon and selected tackle/guard Cameron Clark out of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with the 129th overall choice in Round 4, which they acquired from New England in their late Friday trade.
In fact, Clark (6'4", 308) told Jets reporters that he and Becton trained together in Dallas this offseason. Small world, and now the two will attempt to make a big impact on the Jets' O-line.
Clark, a product of Greensboro, NC, got a rare O-lineman distinction by being voted the 49ers' Offensive MVP by a vote of his teammates for the 2017 season. He was also named team captain in 2018 and '19 after starting all 12 games at left tackle in '18, then 13 more starts at LT last season before being named to the All-Conference USA first team.
Clark expanded on his growing relationship with Becton.
"Me and Mekhi, we trained together at MJP in Dallas," he said. "We got real close in the combine process, even at the combine, post-combine. I was definitely excited about joining him up there with the Jets. Mekhi's a heck of a player. He's nasty, he loves finishing blocks. I feel like both of us have that in our game. I'm excited to see what we can do."
He's got good size to play either at tackle or inside at guard, although played exclusively lat LT in college, and was known for his nasty attitude as a block finisher. He'll need to work on his penalties down and his pad level.
Clark is the first player ever drafted by the Jets out of Charlotte. The Jets used the 129th pick of the draft four previous times, with none of the picks ever playing for them in the regular season. The only two who played in the NFL were DB Kirby Jackson (Mississippi State, 1987) and WR Kenny Shedd (Northern Iowa, 1993).
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