The Louisville product had a failed drug test at the combine, and his draft stock is falling. Could he fall right into the Colts’ lap in the second round?
Mekhi Becton was projected as one of the top tackles in this year’s draft. 2020 has a lot of top-end tackle talent, and Becton is one of those top-end guys. He is big and strong and knows how to use his hands well to leverage defensive ends away from the quarterback.
Recently though, news came out that he failed a drug test at the combine. The new CBA won’t make this a huge deal in terms of future trouble, but it is a strike against him. The failed test is assumed to be for marijuana, which is becoming more accepted in society.
Even if that is true, it still is a red flag to many GM’s. This is literally the one time that a player can’t get caught. It’s also more of a dummy test because everyone knows when the test is going to be. It really can determine who is stupid enough to get caught.
Because of this failed test, Becton is sliding in many mock drafts. There is even a possibility he could fall out of the first round. If that does happen, the Colts may have to change their draft plans. They were probably going to take a tackle at some point, but they might have to in the second round if Becton is still there.
Anthony Castonzo‘s time is running out. He has already started contemplating retirement. He probably won’t come back after these two years are done on his contract. The Colts need a franchise left tackle replacement. Becton could certainly be that person.
Becton is too good to sit out a couple of years though. There is a chance he could slide over to right tackle and let Braden Smith be a quality backup. But if Becton is there at 34, the Colts need to seriously consider taking him.