Offensive tackles the Seahawks should target in the draft
By Geoff Shull
Seahawks target one: Mekhi Becton, Junior OT, Louisville
Becton is a massive human being standing at 6’7” weighing in around 350 lbs. It’s not just his size that makes him a great prospect. He is close to being the most athletic offensive lineman in the draft. Big men shouldn’t be able to move the way he does. He has the versatility to swing to both right and left tackle. His backpedal and footwork are precise, quick and fluid. He doesn’t just beat edge rushers with brute strength, but with technique and finesse as well.
His anchor is stout (due mainly to his size) making him nearly impossible to drive back on a bull rush. His footwork is exceptional, making him very difficult to beat around the edge. He has excellent length which helps him land his jabs before the opposing player can engage. Best of all, he puts 100 percent effort into every play. He never takes a snap off and he lives to drive opposing players into the dirt. He has that dog in him, that every team needs on the line.
His largest drawbacks come from his lack of precision in hand placement on his jabs, which can be erratic. Other than that, all his drawbacks from previous years (balance and football IQ) have pretty much been taken care of through countless hours of practice and preparation.
Draft Analyst Daniel Jeremiah with The Draft Network compared Becton to Hall of Famer, Bryant McKinnie. This is some high praise for a player who is likely to jump in the draft boards come the combine. Current projections have Becton sitting right around the end of round 2 to early round 3. I firmly believe with his sky-high potential and how refined his game is, he will end up being a late first-round pick.
Player comp: Bryant McKinnie
Round projection: late first round