Louisville AD defends Mekhi Becton over reported flagged drug test at combine
Louisville Cardinals athletic director Vince Tyra defended Mekhi Becton over a report that the offensive lineman was flagged for a drug test at the NFL Combine.
On Friday, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport said Becton was one of the players who had a drug test flagged. That puts Becton in the first phase of the league’s intervention program, which he could easily work his way out of with no further flagged tests.
Becton is among the top offensive line prospects and expected to go high in the first round of Thursday’s draft.
In statements to ESPN’s Josina Anderson, Tyra defended Becton’s character. He called Becton a “great leader” and “great guy” and said teams would not need to worry about the offensive lineman.
Louisville AD Vince Tyra called me this evening about Mekhi Becton. On his flagged test, in part: "It would be a surprise if he has a failed test. He’s just been a model student-athlete for us…I’m not worried about him. He is going to have a great career…” Full Comments below. pic.twitter.com/73aagQIA9W
— ig: josinaanderson (@JosinaAnderson) April 19, 2020
That’s a nice defense of Becton, and truthfully, most teams shouldn’t worry too much about taking the first-team All-ACC player. That whole drug thing worked out OK for this offensive lineman in the pros.