Photo of Kendell Beckwith
Drafted By: Buccaneers

Combine Results

Grade
5.62 ?
  • 20 REPS
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"Really good football player coming off an ACL. Six-two, 243 pounds, off-the-ball, inside linebacker. Tore his ACL late in the season, but he is a downhill, square-you-up, knock-you-on-your-butt type of player. The question is, will he be in the game on third downs? My answer is it's at least the first couple downs, special teams, and I think he can develop as one of those pass guys." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'2" Height
  • 33" Arm Length
  • 243LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/2" Hands

Overview

The Louisiana native was the second Beckwith to earn all-conference honors as a linebacker with the Tigers, with cousin Darry winning second team honors twice during his career (2005-2008). His brother, Wendell, also plays in-state as a defensive end for Tulane. The top-100 national recruit was rewarded with playing time as a true freshman despite the team's depth at the position (11 tackles, including a strip-sack against Florida). Beckwith started seven games as a sophomore, taking over the middle linebacker spot (77 stops, 7.5 for loss, two sacks). He kept that job throughout 2015, ranking second on the team with 84 tackles (10 for loss, 3.5 sacks). Scouts really took notice with his play as a senior, though, as he picked up first-team All-SEC notice. He was leading the team with 91 tackles, six for loss, before tearing his left ACL against Florida.

Analysis

Strengths

Big throwback frame with ability to bang between the tackles. Has experience in the middle with both 3-4 and 4-3 schemes. Takes well-reasoned paths to the ball. Won't get caught rushing downhill without a plan. Will down into guards as pre-emptive strike before they combo up to him. Maintains his run fits and leverages his gap with an aggressive forearm shiver to short-pulling guards and isolation blockers. Hands are quick with some shock. Can unlock a surprising closing burst to close out on the perimeter. Eyes are disciplined. Good read and respond but plays the game with patience. Body control a plus. Won't always be pretty but he gets guys tackled. Awareness in space and overall football IQ is above average. Able to find receivers working through his coverage area. Reads quarterback's eyes helping him drift toward targets.

Weaknesses

Inconsistent taking on second-level blocks. Is good with his hands but will default to run around or "olé" approaches at times. Athleticism and agility are very average. Could struggle playing sideline to sideline. Has some straight-line burst but takes awhile to unlock hips and chase to the sideline. Plays way too tall. High center of gravity slows his ability to redirect. Missed tackle total too high over last three years. Pad level hinders ability to break down in space and change direction to wrangle shifty running backs. Stiffness in space could spell doom if asked to cover backs out of the backfield. Torn ACL in bowl preparation will damage his stock.

Draft Projection

Rounds 3-4

NFL Comparison

Benardrick McKinney

Bottom Line

Productive full-time starter over last two and a half seasons on talented LSU defenses. Has the size and spirit to play for teams expecting physicality from their inside linebacker, but his game comes with some athletic and coverage limitations. Before his injury, he could have come off the board on Day 2, but may see his stock fall into the third day now. He has starter's ability when healthy.
-Lance Zierlein
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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