8. Arizona Cardinals – Mekhi Becton, OL, Louisville
Analysis by Arrowhead Addict contributor Sterling Holmes
Taking an offensive lineman with a top 10 pick is never the sexy thing to do, but in this case, it is the right thing to do. The 6’7 364 lb. mountain of a man is an ideal pick for the Cardinals who need all the offensive line help they can get to protect quarterback Kyler Murray. Becton could immediately slide in at tackle and help improve the 26th ranked offensive line in pass protection last season, according to Football Outsiders.
Since the Cardinals already took advantage of the Houston Texans with a trade that can only be understood by Bill O’Brien having a few too many beers in quarantine, GM Steve Keim brought in DeAndre Hopkins, an elite wideout, which makes taking a wide receiver a luxury. Yes it would be fun to pair Hopkins with Henry Ruggs, CeeDee Lamb, or any other members of this talented wide receiver class, but without giving Murray time, that scenario is wasted.
Becton is an immovable boulder yet has surprising agility and athleticism for his size. His wingspan and giant frame allow him to recover quickly on the chance he gets beat.
As far as negatives with Becton, there are only a few. The main two that pop out to me are the overall weight and the mobility in pass protection. We know a man like this will dominate in the run game, especially with that length, but the concern is how he handles quicker edge rushers. As far as the weight concern, he himself has said he wants to cut down to around 350-355 and the fact he recognized that on his own should ease some concern on the potential of ballooning up and further hindering his mobility.
Becton is the right fit for the Cardinals with the 8th pick. While you can’t go wrong with Thomas or Wills either, why not take the player who calls himself the most dominant tackle in this draft? (Sterling Holmes)
Other Players Considered: Andrew Thomas, OL, Georgia; Jedrick Wills Jr, OL, Alabama