With the sixth pick, the LA Chargers select…
There’s quality offensive tackles littered throughout the first round. Between Andrew Thomas, Jedrick Wills, Tristan Wirfs, and Mekhi Becton, there’s probably four that will be off the board within the first 15 picks.
Out of those tackles, the Chargers have specifically met with Becton in pre-draft meetings. That doesn’t mean he’s the only tackle they might take at six, but it probably means he’s the one they’re looking hardest at.
Becton has some great qualities. His massive size makes him an absolute terror for opposing defensive lines in pass protection. For a tackle of his size, he also has surprisingly quick feet. His finishing ability is tremendous. Many have compared him to Quenton Nelson in terms of how easily they’re both able to pancake some of opposing defensive ends and tackles.
At the same time, Becton is a little bit of a raw prospect. He struggles with the beginning of run-blocking snaps. While he was good at getting to the second level in college, there are questions about whether a man of his size will be able to block at the second level as consistently in the NFL. Those question marks both relate to his size and his tendency to lean into contact too often.
In general, I’m not a huge fan of the Chargers selecting any offensive tackle with the sixth pick. The Chargers just signed Bryan Bulaga to a three-year deal. They’re also still developing Trey Pipkins, who was much better by the end of last season. Offensive tackle is a need in this draft, but the Chargers can wait until the second or third round to go grab one.
All of the offensive tackles that the Chargers could take at six have some elite qualities. That includes Becton with his high ceiling and dominant pass protection. While Becton or any first-round tackle wouldn’t be a bad pick, it just feels like there are some more pressing needs on the team right now.