Cleveland Browns post-Scouting Combine 7-round mock draft
By Randy Gurzi
Round 1, Pick 10: Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville
No position has been in need of an infusion of talent quite like the offensive tackle for the Browns has over the past two seasons. When Joe Thomas left the field in Oct. 2017 with a triceps injury, things went bad for Cleveland’s O-line.
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Thomas retired following the season and Cleveland has yet to adequately replace him. In 2018, they originally tried undrafted rookie Desmond Harrison — although they did toy with the idea of moving Joel Bitonio from guard to tackle. Harrison was done after eight games and Greg Robinson came in to replace him.
Robinson played well down the stretch in 2018 which led to him being the starter in 2019. However, his play dropped significantly and the Browns had informed him that he would not be re-signed. Then, he had his run-in with the law to guarantee he won’t be coming back.
All that being said, Cleveland has to improve at left tackle this offseason. They can’t go into another campaign hoping to use a patchwork offensive line. With that in mind, they use the No. 10 overall pick on Louisville tackle Mekhi Becton who made some waves recently at the Combine.
Becton tipped the scales at 364-pounds but then proved he’s not just a big body as he showed off some athleticism during the drills. What was most impressive was how he ran a 5.1 in the 40-yard dash despite being the size of a small mountain.
Cleveland needs their left tackle of the future and it’s hard not to see Becton having success in the NFL. That makes these two a match made in heaven.