Mekhi Becton 2020 NFL Draft Profile, Strengths, Weaknesses, and Possible Fits

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Mekhi Becton 2020 NFL Draft Profile

2020 NFL Draft

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Mekhi Becton enters the 2020 NFL draft as possibly the best offensive tackle and is certainly going to be a first round pick. Becton wasn’t a highly recruited player out of Virginia, but he’s worked his way into a nice position and could potentially change the direction of an NFL team for the next decade.

College Career: Becton started double-digit games in all three seasons with the Louisville Cardinals and allowed just six pressures in 312 snaps as a freshman. In 2019, Becton was a First-Team All-ACC selection and won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy for the best blocker. 

Strengths: The first thing you notice about Becton is his massive frame, as he’s 6’7”, 365 pounds and has a seven-foot wingspan. This is elite size for the tackle position and plays a key role in why so many are high on Becton’s potential. Becton has a strong upper body that allows him to control his defender and even throw guys out of the way in run blocking. Becton’s size and strength can clean up what sometimes poor technique missed and doesn’t get beat as often as somebody smaller would. For a big guy, Becton has quick feet, gets out of his stance quickly and can get to that second gear to block in the open field. Becton does a good job of sustaining blocks and can be overwhelming once he gets his hands on his opponent. 

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Weaknesses: Becton can be a little raw at times in terms of technique and can do a better job of controlling his hands. Becton can over pursue at times and it gets him in trouble. Becton sometimes doesn’t use his leverage to his advantage and can be beaten at the point of impact. While the size is great and makes him much an intriguing prospect, some may question if Becton is too big and may consider asking him to slim down a bit. 

Possible Fits: Any team looking for offensive line help will be considering selecting Becton rather early. Those teams include the New York Giants, Miami Dolphins, Arizona Cardinals, Jacksonville Jaguars and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Becton is one of those players you can plug and play, and he’ll be effective for the next 10 to 15 years. As long as Becton stays in shape and doesn’t allow his weight to get out of control, he’s going to make a lot of money in this league.

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