Tony Boselli Names His Top Tackle Pick

April 19th, 2020

Legendary left tackle Tony Boselli has a clear choice among the Big-4 tackles in this week’s NFL Draft

Five-time Pro Bowl left tackle Tony Boselli was the No. 2 overall draft pick in 1995 as a hulking 6-7, 324-pound prospect.

He also is one of the more underrated analysts in the NFL.

Years ago, before joining the Jaguars’ radio crew, Boselli was a radio sideline reporter on Monday Night Football when Joe used to listen while muting the TV call. Boselli was sorely missed when he moved on.

Speaking Friday on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Boselli said his clear offensive tackle pick in the draft is Louisvile beast Mekhi Becton, who checks in at 6-7, 364 pounds.

“He is a monster athlete. And I just believe this game is won with big people and big athletic people,” Boselli said. “And when you can find a great athlete at that size who has good tape, I mean that’s special.”

Boselli reiterated that he sees such extreme upside with Becton, in addition to the production, that he thinks picking Becton is a no-brainer. He would like to see his beloved Jaguars go there with the No. 9 overall pick.

Andrew Thomas out of Georgia is a safer pick among the “Big-4” tackles, Boselli said, but he’s still second to Becton.

It has intrigued Joe to hear how former superstar offensive linemen grade the Big-4 tackles. Retired Pro Bowl Giants center Shaun O’Hara also has Thomas as his No. 2, but he has Becton ranked fourth.

Joe would be more than happy to have the Bucs draft a defensive lineman at No. 14 overall.

40 Responses to “Tony Boselli Names His Top Tackle Pick”

  1. Doug Says:

    Hopefully he falls to us

  2. VegasBuc Says:

    Andrew Thomas’s tape seems like sometimes he doesn’t finish blocks, stops too early. I see Jedrick Wills as the most nastiest of the 4, mainly because is opponents usually end up on the ground in tapes.

  3. SC Bucs Fan Says:

    Still pining for Allen eh?

  4. AwShbucs Says:

    If Becton falls to us and we dont take him I’m gonna be royally depressed.

  5. Bucs Guy Says:

    Take any of the big 4 OTs if they fall to us. Don’t trade up.
    Back up plan: Take Jones at 14 or trade back and take him.

  6. Cassidysid Says:

    I would still take DT Javon Kinlaw in the 1st round if he is available. Getting a RT in the 1st round just doesn’t make sense unless you are planning on making them the LT in the near future which could happen with Smith contact coming up. But with SUH only having one year left here might as well get Kinlaw and let him back up both NT and DE and learn under SUH his rookie year.

    I rather get Kinlaw in the 1st then one of the running backs in the 2nd to share the load with Jones. Then get a RT to battle it out with Heag for the starting spot. Worse case that rookie will be our 6th Lineman and taking over the job next season.

  7. WhatTheBuc Says:

    Becton may end up being the best tackle but saying that he is the best prospect is just a projection. He hasn’t shown it on tape. Yes he can maul small defensive players because he’s a giant but he is the lowest graded pass blocker of the top 5. Maybe with NFL coaching he becomes great but Thomas and Jones didn’t get beaten by college edge rushers and that’s where I’d put my money if I had to bet. I’m not saying we shouldn’t take him at 14 because I would but it’s not the safest pick.

  8. WhatTheBuc Says:

    Cassidy, I like everything you said except that you devalued RT. Top RTs are earning 14-16 million per year. If you can draft one and pay then 4 million a season that’s huge value. Also, all of the top tackles can play left with the one possible exception being Wills.

  9. Adrnagy Says:

    2- Cesar Ruiz
    3-Ashtyn davis
    4- Ben Bartch
    4- John Hightower

  10. Adrnagy Says:

    Sign Lamar Miller

  11. Adrnagy Says:

    Why put more capital draft in RB ? Licht and two face believe in ROJO to be the “guy”.
    So go and sign a vet. Lamar Miller.

  12. bucsfaninoregon Says:

    We have two years before we play again. If THE OT is there at 14 draft him. Else slip to19 and take the running back. We will get the other one in FA.

  13. CPN Says:

    “Joe would be more than happy to have the Bucs draft a defensive lineman at No. 14 overall.”

    Joe, this team has wasted capital on the defensive side of the ball. We need an O-tackle or WR at 14th overall for offense.

    Why spend more capital at defense? I get Suh needs to be replaced soon. However, we need Brady to be protected at all costs.

  14. bogiedr Says:

    Pick his son out of FSU in the 6th round … bloodlines baby!!!!

  15. PSL Bob Says:

    I’ve said all along, we should grab one of the Big-4 O-linemen with pick No. 14 if any are still there. And, if we have a choice, my preference would also be Becton. The dude is a beast. His technique may need some improvement but he flat out mauls his opponents. He would be fun to watch.

  16. Beeej Says:

    What ARE the odds one of the big 4 tackles will be available at pick #14?

  17. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    Problem is big offensive linemen like Mekhi Becton tend to get fat and lose stamina. Andrew Thomas would be a much better choice if had to decide between them both.

  18. Jean Lafitte Says:

    Ok we draft him then find out we can’t use him until after his suspensions are over …this is the Buc way

  19. bucsince79 aka bumaneer Says:

    Best OT Or DL at #14… Don’t move up…

  20. Alvin Scissors Harper Says:

    Stay at #14 and then consider who is there. If one of the top 4 OL are there, you take him. If not, and Kinlaw is there, you take him. If none of them are there and no one great slides, you try to trade back.

  21. Alvin Scissors Harper Says:

    You can read all the mock drafts in the world and the bottom line is no one really knows what’s going to happen. Burrow will be the first pick. After that, it’s really a crapshoot.

  22. firethecannons Says:

    does anybody care about the failed drug test–how is that not a major concern?–just saying @#14–wouldn’t that be too much risk?
    comments please

    cause otherwise he seems great but stupid to of turned in a positive pee sample

  23. kgh4life Says:

    Becton has elite physical traits, which has allowed him to dominate in College without using proper technique. When he goes up against NFL competition he will not be able to get a way with it so easily. I agree that Andrew Thomas is the safer bet: good technique, size and tape.

  24. Afo Says:

    @kgh4life, you stated the fact, he lacks techniques which will give him problem a lot in the NFL, he depends too much on his power, I hope we don’t get him, I’ll rather have Thomas who can play as an LT and RT and player in a better competition.

  25. Buczilla Says:

    Any of the top four offensive tackles or Javon Kinlaw on the first day of the draft and I’ll be a happy camper.

  26. Cassidysid Says:

    Whatthebucs- it’s not like that but with Tom Brady I feel like he will be able to get the ball off quicker then Winston so if I had a choice between a DT or RT I’ll take DT.

    With Winston I would draft a RT cause he holds the ball way to long so you have to give him better protection even if that means 1st round pick on RT

  27. WhatTheBuc Says:

    Jean, there are no suspensions for failed drug test anymore. Gotta keepup partner.

  28. JimmyJack Says:

    Cassidy you do have to keep in the back of your mind that the Bucs may not just be looking at RT…….Sure if we take a Tackle at 14 they will play RT in 2020…….But the plan may very well be to transition them over to LT in a year. When you hear these stories saying the Bucs might be looking to trade up it screams LT.

    It might not be a bad plan if it works. I do like Donovan Smith but if we move on from his contract and have somebody ready to fill in we will save a lot of money that we can I best elsewhere…….or pay guy we need like Chris Godwin for example.

    RT may be the short-term plan but ya gotta consider long-term as well.

  29. Jeffbuc Says:

    I don’t see the hype on kinlaw. I have been watching film to see what the hype is and he is a good player. I don’t see him dominating. I see him as a role player for us who gets 25 tackles 2 sacks. And at best is a top 15 defensive tackle. I can’t see how he helps us at all next year. If he was just blowing people up and looking unblockable I could see drafting him. I would rather take a wr we don’t need that can come in and have a bigger impact than him. If you are thinking of drafting him you should draft one of the lightning quick top receivers and then you can’t double Evans or Godwin. And if you hit it big and he is a pro bowl stud you can trade Evans or Godwin and still have two great receivers with one being on a 5 year cheap contract. Because as much as we want to believe it we can’t pay Godwin and Evans both 15 plus a year. If we sign Godwin to his worth we will have two 80 million contacts on two receivers. Only way that works is if we get the rookie Brady QB replacement right and have 5 years of a cheap QB.

  30. JimmyJack Says:

    So if we can believe these trade rumors of the Bucs moving up. It’s safe to assume it’s for a Tackle and we got great interest in guys who can play LT.

    That tells me to keep a eye on this Thomas guy. He’s supposted to be a bonefided LT so theres a good chance he is the target. I don’t know enough about the other guys to know if they are LTs or not but they might also be the targets……..Of course that’s all saying if you believe the trade rumors. Which probably is like 50/50% that it’s even true.

    The other guy I could see us trading up for is Simmons if he slips. He was flashing all over the place in the National Championship game and they say he can play all over the field. Sounds like a great fit for Bowles…….He would be my favorite dream player to get but I’ll admitt I don’t see he dropping out of Top 5.

  31. ©MadMax Says:

    Becton will drop a little. If we want him, trade down and grab him in the 20’s….he may even drop to the 2nd round.

  32. Mike Johnson Says:

    Joe, At 1st I want a D lineman too. But The better we protect Brady the longer he plays and stands upright. So I’m satisfied with either of the top 4 O lineman picks If they are still there.

  33. Ndog Says:

    There is no way they don’t give the golden boy a sturdy oline and that means a RT, future picks/the right thing to do be damned.

  34. Youngbucs Says:

    This guy^^^^^^^^🧂🧂🧂🧂🧂

  35. Tampabuscsbro Says:

    Just when I think Ndog has left here he is.

    I MISSED YA NPUPPY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  36. ©MadMax Says:

    Ndog is right everyone….just agree and move on lol

  37. SteveK Says:


    You meant GOAT, not “Golden Boy”.

    🇺🇸 🏈 Brady is America’s QB!

  38. Ndog Says:

    Truth is the truth.

  39. Marine Buc Says:

    I disagree. I totally respect Tony Boselli’s opinion and he had a great career. However I would place Becton at #4. I agree the guy is a physical talent and can block out the sun with his build. However I think NFL level pass rushers are going to eat him alive. His pass blocking technique needs a ton of work and we are not going to have a pre-season this year.

    If he falls to us at #14 that’s fine but I would rather have Wirfs, Thomas or Willis in that order.

  40. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    LOl, didn’t Becton get popped for drugs ?