Wednesday, April 12, 2017

2017 NFL Draft Profile: Kendell Beckwith

Kendell Beckwith, LSU
6-2, 243
Beckwith was a four year player with LSU after staying in state out of the high school ranks, and was named first team All-SEC as a senior in 2016.
As a freshman, he recorded 11 tackles, a sack, and a forced fumble in reserve duty.
He started seven games as a sophomore, and totaled 77 tackles, 7.5 TFLs, two sacks, three PBUs, two QB hurries, and a pick six.
As a junior, he finished with 84 tackles, 10 TFLs, 3.5 sacks, a PBU, a QB hurry, and two forced fumbles.
He had a shortened year as a senior, when he finished with 91 tackles, six TFLs, a sack, four PBUs, and a QB hurry. He tore an ACL against Florida, and missed two games.
The Good
Progressed as a tackler all four years in college.
Has played in both 3-4 and 4-3 fronts.
Plays well within control as it pertains to his job.
Brings the fight to blockers rather than the other way around.
Makes good use of his hands.
Good pursuit and perimeter speed.
Knows how to read what the offense is doing.
Plays well in space and maintains good body control.
Decent in zone coverage.
The Bad
Coming off of a major ACL injury, which will drop him.
Not the most athletic player on the field before the injury.
Tackling technique is sloppy.
Not as rangy as one would like.
Pad level is often a mess, and he gets stood up by blockers as a result.
Not a man cover guy, and will not be able to run with backs and ends.
Final Overview
Beckwith is basically a very good college LB who brings very little in the way of something special to an NFL roster. He is a technique nightmare who throws himself at tacklers rather than wrapping up and using sound ability. I felt he was basically average before the ACL injury, but since that happened, his stock is dropping like a rock. I look for someone to grab him on day 3, because of his experience in that nasty LSU defense, but all in all, I would not expect a ton from him. 

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