With offensive line being one of the biggest needs for the Cincinnati Bengals next season, Mekhi Becton out of Louisville is a name floating around for the Bengals to take 33rd overall.
The first thing you notice when you watch Mekhi Becton is his size. Becton is a 6’7, 369lb offensive tackle. With last year’s first-round pick Jonah Williams returning next season, Trey Hopkins playing well at center, and options for guards to sign in free agency, Becton could be a great choice to round out the Cincinnati Bengals offensive line in 2020.
Here are some strengths and weaknesses I see in Becton:
Obviously, size is a strength for Becton. As mentioned, he is 6’7, 369lb. But, for people who haven’t seen him play yet, he moves very well for his size. He has tremendous reach and great power at the point of attack. His ability to create separation really sets him apart from other tackles in this draft class. Some analysts think his size could be a problem because of his lateral movement, but Becton is very capable of using his quickness and power to block edge rushers. Overall, what we’d be getting in Becton is a huge right tackle and an upgrade to the offensive line.
He has some technique issues that occasionally stand out when watching his film. He sometimes misses his block at the beginning of the play, but his effort to pick is back up is promising. Some would see this as a red flag, but I think some professional coaching could limit the errors.
Cam Mellor of PFF has Mekhi Becton as the 2nd ranked run-blocking tackle in the ACC with a 78.8. Getting a guy like Becton that is going to protect a possible rookie quarterback as well as help Mixon in the run game would be a massive upgrade for the Bengals. Personally, I would love this pick, especially if we signed a guard or two in free agency.