2020 NFL Draft Scouting Report
Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville
Three-year starter who was named to the first-team All-ACC in 2019. Started 33 games for the Cardinals, 21 at left tackle and 12 at right tackle. Began at right tackle, playing ten games as a freshman. Started ten games at left tackle and two at right tackle as a sophomore. Started 11 games at left tackle as a junior before deciding for forgo his senior season.
Large, athletic tackle with big upside. Strong and explosive. Terrific run blocker who gets movement, drives opponents from the line of scrimmage and knocks them back with violent hand punch. Displays solid range off the edge, keeps his feet moving and uses his hands effectively. Patient, blocks with proper lean and works well with linemates. Fires off the snap, works to bend his knees and stays square. Easily controls opponents once engaged at the point of attack. Above-average range off the edge.
Must improve his balance. Ineffective in motion and struggles to redirect and hit a moving target. Really doesn’t sink his butt from at the line of scrimmage. Lacks the pure footwork to play left tackle in the NFL.
Becton is a massive lineman who showed consistent progress and comes with big upside. He’s an athletic right tackle who should be effective in pass protection and as a run blocker, but he’ll be minimally effective in motion or if placed in a zone-blocking scheme.