Andrew Berry on Mekhi Becton: We’ll take all information under consideration

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Many people expect the Browns to add an offensive tackle in the first round of the draft and there was news about one of the top prospects at the position late last week.

NFL Media reported that former Louisville tackle Mekhi Becton’s drug test at the Scouting Combine was flagged and he will be in Stage One of the league’s substance-abuse program for 60 days. Browns General Manager Andrew Berry was asked about that development on Monday and said the team will “take all information into consideration” while adding that he didn’t think it was more difficult to get that information while working remotely.

“I do not think it really complicates matters that much for any prospect from a background perspective,” Berry said, via Cleveland.com. “The reason is a lot of the work that we do is with individuals who have spent the last three or four years with these guys on a day-to-day basis. In terms of the spring scouting process and not necessarily being able to have guys onsite, we are very fortunate to live in the age of technology where we have Zoom, FaceTime and things along those nature. We were able to sit with most if not all of these guys at the combine. I think there have been enough touchpoints where we get a really good sense of who these guys are as individuals.”

The Jets are also seen as a team looking for a tackle and General Manager Joe Douglas responded to a question about Becton by saying the team wants to know what led to him making a mistake. He said, via SNY, that “our guys are gonna be digging on background” right until the team is on the board Thursday night.

10 responses to “Andrew Berry on Mekhi Becton: We’ll take all information under consideration

  1. Because he failed this test, he will be retested in 60 days. He could potentially drop to mid 1st round if not more, ultimately losing millions. If he tests negative next time, he would get off the list and learn a huge lesson while proving himself to whatever team lands him. If he tests positive, he is going to have a short career in the NFL.

  2. I wouldn’t trust a player that can’t pass the most important drug test they will ever take.

  3. Warren Sapp slipped in the first round of his draft due to a positive marijuana test, how’d that affect his HOF career? Much ado about nothing, I hope he falls to NYJ at 11.

  4. 1. I bet my house it was not his first positive test….. 2. All those “touchpoints” are great if you have experienced and trained scouts that have a successful track record of evaluating information and media etc. available….

  5. Trade the #10 pick to the ‘Skins for Trent Williams and Washington’s 2nd round pick in this years Draft.

  6. If they don’t like information on themselves being out in the public then they shouldn’t have chosen a career in the entertainment business.

  7. ajandrew2020 says:
    April 21, 2020 at 7:24 am
    If he tests positive, he is going to have a short career in the NFL.
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    Nope if he stays clean after that, but he will make a lot less money.

  8. If it is marijuana the while thing is ridiculous. Hypocritical garbage. The gutless NFLPA never should have been so weak as to not have gotten some relaxation on marijuana in the new CBA.

  9. Becton talk is all hype
    He is too big, his knee’s will be a problem in a wide zone offense, look for him to go to Tampa because of that pocket passer they just signed.

  10. dogman9 says:
    April 21, 2020 at 9:20 am
    Warren Sapp slipped in the first round of his draft due to a positive marijuana test, how’d that affect his HOF career? Much ado about nothing, I hope he falls to NYJ at 11.
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    Just because Sapp wised up doesn’t mean Becton will. That 60 day policy is risky even for the Jets because they really can’t afford a bust in a boom or bust player anymore. If Wills Wirfs and Thomas are gone with Becton there the Jets should take Lamb.

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