Let’s just admit it, Louisville offensive tackle Mekhi Becton impressed everyone at the NFL Scouting Combine.
The 6-foot-7, 364-pound lineman created headlines with an outstanding 5.1-second 40-yard dash, which is pretty incredible for his massive frame.
NFL.com’s Chase Goodbread broke it down:
"Becton recorded a 40 time of 5.10 seconds, remarkably fast for the heaviest man at the combine. He also turned in unofficial 10-yard split times of 1.80 and 1.77 seconds, which would be considered average for an offensive lineman of average size, but not one as big as Becton. He has been going off combine charts all week, starting with a weigh-in upon his arrival."
It’s not uncommon to see players of Becton’s size struggle with movement speed, but that didn’t seem to be the case. And while Becton ultimately didn’t participate in other movement drills outside of the 40-yard dash, that event alone should at least make the 49ers consider using an early pick on him.
The selection wouldn’t be without need, either. Left tackle Joe Staley is aging, and the Niners haven’t totally identified a long-term replacement.
It would be an out-of-the-box move for San Francisco to go this direction, potentially as early as Round 1 now. But Becton’s combine workouts have to at least get John Lynch thinking.