Photo of Travis Beckum
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  • 28 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 6'3" Height
  • 243LBS. Weight

Overview

Beckum is a pass-catching specialist built more like an overgrown receiver than a traditional NFL tight end. He had 75 catches for 982 yards and six touchdowns in an All-American junior season, but his growth was stunted a bit as he missed the last half of 2008 with a broken left fibula. Played linebacker his first season at Wisconsin after an outstanding high school career on defense, so his potential as a mismatch for safeties and linebackers is still untapped. Durability concerns and differing opinions on his value may cause Beckham's stock to drop, especially if he's not fully healthy for workouts. Had an arm span of 34 inches and a hand span of 9 inches at the combine.

Analysis

Strengths

Strengths: Rangy athlete with the top-end speed to challenge down the seam. Uses this threat and his long arms to gain separation from defenders. Lines up as an H-back with his hand down, in the slot and outside. Good lateral quickness. Shimmies to sell his route or get off press coverage at the line. Improved recognition of defenses and can recognize the soft spots in the zone. Nice body control as a receiver, flashing the ability to track over his shoulder. Able to make the acrobatic high-point catch. Secures the ball quickly and looks to head upfield. Flashes some wiggle to make defenders miss. Impressive straight-line speed. Provides an initial pop and willingness to sustain as a pass and run blocker. Weaknesses: 'Tweener who is undersized for the traditional tight end position. Has struggled to gain weight in the past and is a narrow shouldered athlete who lacks the frame to add much bulk. Ultimately gets backed down or ripped off by larger players when blocking on the line due to his less than ideal playing strength. Does not have the straight-line speed and explosive burst out of his breaks to convert to receiver. Lacks the raw power to break tackles. Rounds off routes. Will short-arm passes when hearing footsteps. Body-catches too often. Underwent shoulder surgery after his junior season and his left leg must check out medically.
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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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