Photo of Nick Becton
Grade
67.5 ?
  • 5.20 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 19 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 29.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 109.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.77 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.57 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'5" Height
  • 35 1/2" Arm Length
  • 323LBS. Weight
  • 9" Hands

Overview

A lot of teams start seasons with two new offensive tackles, but Virginia Tech managed to stash two highly-recruited pass protectors for most of four seasons before unleashing them on opposing defensive ends. Becton took over the left tackle position (with Vinston Painter on the right side) for his senior year, and started all 13 games.



Becton was a first-team All-North Carolina pick as a high school senior and ranked among the top offensive tackle prospects in his recruiting class. He redshirted in 2008, working at right tackle with the scout team, and then got into five games as a reserve in 2009. He expected to compete for a starting job at left tackle as a sophomore, but a turf toe injury suffered in the preseason limited him to a reserve role once again. Though Becton couldn’t unseat starter Andrew Lanier in 2011, he did rotate regularly with Lanier on the blind side.

Analysis

Strengths

Athletic left tackle prospect with the necessary height and length for the position. Possesses good lateral movement, can deliver a good punch while keeping his feet alive. Stays balanced to cut off the inside lane. Widens his base and anchors quickly against bull rushes. Good mobility to reach the second-level and get out in front of outside runs and quick screens. Quick feet help him get blocking angles while engaged. Attacks ends on run plays, willing to stay on block a few yards downfield to prevent his man from disengaging. Effective on cut blocks, gets down fast and makes good contact to prevent back side pursuit. Aware of wide blitzers, uses his feet and length to punch them around the corner.

Weaknesses

Not a dominating lineman in terms of pure strength, though he doesn’t have the attitude of a finesse blocker. Sometimes relies on his punch to knock defenders off their route, leaning or stopping his feet in the process. Other times, can he slow to get his hands up, allowing ends and second-level targets to get into his chest. Needs to prove he can stay low off the ball in short-yardage situations, can play a bit high. Not always aware of late blitzers or edge rushers, will also fail to get off block to reach them even if he sees them. First-year starter as a senior.

NFL Comparison

J'Marcus Webb

Bottom Line

Becton couldn’t earn a start in his first three years with the Hokies, as veteran depth and a 2010 turf toe injury kept him coming off the bench. The former top high school recruit did rotate into games regularly as a junior, however, showing has the requisite size, length and athleticism to be a valuable NFL reserve capable of filling in at either left or right tackle. His athletic skill set will likely see a team take a chance on him late.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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