Mel Kiper Jr.’s NFL Mock Draft has the Cleveland Browns heading in a very popular direction, selecting an offensive tackle.
There is one thing that most everyone agrees on when it comes to the Cleveland Browns. They need to draft an offensive tackle in the 2020 NFL Draft. Sitting at 10, there should be at least one option available to them. Mel Kiper Jr. has mocked Louisville’s Mekhi Becton to the Cleveland Browns.
Mekhi Becton is 6-foot-7 and 369 pounds. That certainly sounds like an NFL left tackle. A common concern with Becton is his size and conditioning. There is the possibility that this improves when coming into the NFL. The complete opposite could also happen. There are times that players become a bit lost when it comes to managing their weight and conditioning level. Part of the draft process is trying to determine whether or not Becton is someone who will be able to motivate himself in order to stay in shape.
Cleveland has been looking for their left tackle of the future for some time now. Attempts to find stopgap solutions in Desmond Harrison and Greg Robinson have had mostly negative results. Cleveland cannot go into next season with another attempt with a stopgap solution. They desperately need a longterm answer.
Daniel Jeremiah and Dane Brugler also have the Browns improving their offensive line, just with a different player. Georgia’s Andrew Thomas. Jeremiah has Becton going to the New York Giants with the fourth overall pick and Brugler has Becton going to the other New York team, the Jets at 11.
One person who did not have the Browns selecting an offensive tackle was Matt Miller. Miller had Cleveland taking linebacker Isaiah Simmons out of Clemson in his twitter mock on January 7th. That is a pick that could happen due to the relative uncertainty with Cleveland’s linebackers. Joe Schobert is due to become a free agent and Christian Kirksey may be on his way out the door. Depending on how their current roster is handled and how the draft plays out in front of them, taking a linebacker is not exactly out of the question.