There weren’t too many surprises in The Athletic’s Dane Brugler recently released first-round mock draft.
But one BIG name — pun intended – stood out in Louisville offensive lineman Mekhi Becton.
Just how big is Beckton? The school lists the junior at 6-foot-7 and a massive 369 pounds.
Let that resonate for a minute or two.
Still, players that size are rarely drafted in the first round, mainly because of concerns about their conditioning and mobility. Simply put, players that size typically do not move very well.
But it’s possible that Beckton is the exception to the rule.
Mekhi Becton has been voted the winner of the 2019 Jacobs Blocking Trophy!
This award is given to the most outstanding blocker in #ACCFootball each year.
— ACC Football (@ACCFootball) December 2, 2019
Brugler has Becton going in the first round to Minnesota at pick No. 23 overall.
“Becton is a mountainous man with a large wingspan and surprisingly light feet to protect the edge,” Brugler wrote.
In fact, despite his massive size, the common theme you’ll hear about Becton is that he moves extremely well for his size and is a very good athlete. Walter Football, in a November report, compared Becton to former Georgia tackle Cordy Glenn, who was a 2012 second-round pick.
He also receives high marks for sustaining blocks in the ground game, although he could use some work in pass protection.
“Becton is not a true bull who overpowers blockers,” the Walter Football report says. “He makes it tough for them to get free with his size as he turns and manipulates them. In pass protection, he needs to improve his hand placement as he can get too wide and let defenders get their hands in chest. That can make Becton have problems with bull rushes.”
— Louisville Football (@UofLFootball) December 3, 2019