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Louisville OT Mekhi Becton entering NFL Draft, skipping Music City Bowl

The anchor of the Cardinal offensive line is taking his talents to the NFL.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 19 Clemson at Louisville Photo by Ian Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Louisville offensive tackle Mekhi Becton has announced that he will forego his senior season at U of L in order to enter the NFL Draft. Becton added that he will be skipping the Music City Bowl in order to begin his pre-draft preparation.

Earlier this month, Becton became the first offensive lineman in school history to be named First Team All-ACC. The 6’8, 370-pound native of Highland Springs, Va. was also named a Second Team All-American by Sports Illustrated.

Becton started 33 games at offensive tackle for the Cardinals over his three seasons in red and black, and was named ACC “Offensive Lineman of the Week” on Oct. 7 after his performance in the 41-39 victory over Boston College. He registered over 60 knockdown blocks to help the Cardinals finish the regular season at 7-5 and 5-3 in the ACC -- a turnaround of five games from a year ago.

Best of luck to Mekhi as he enters the next stage of his career, and a big thank you to the big man for his work on getting this program back on track.