Kendell Beckwith – Senior / 6’2 / 243 – LSU
- 2016 Mississippi St., Wisconsin, Southern Miss
- 2015 Mississippi St., Florida, Auburn, Alabama
The Skinny: Beckwith was asked to spy Dak Prescott (after Prescott ran for 105 yards vs LSU in 2014). Beckwith held Prescott to minus 19 yards on 10 carries in their 2015 matchup (won by LSU). Beckwith recorded a season 11 tackles and 1 PBU in the contest. He has also shown decent coverage skills although could be stickier. Is susceptible to double moves and RBs in a pistol or shotgun can get him back on his heals. He is certainly better using his upper strength to cover TEs. He is very smart laterally as he holds his ground and he does not get sucked up into the line. Beckwith is a very engaging tackler who is strong and quick in the trenches. He is a true ILB who can lead and rally a defensive unit. His instincts and ability to process are NFL caliber. Film study has shown him shoot the gap to engulf a RB who is running behind a pulling guard. His closing speed and alligator-like arm chomp are as exhilarating as they are effective.
A torn ACL in November is hurting his current value. His timetable to full recovery could be anywhere from six to 12 months as of his early March 2017 status. It is not Jaylon Smith bad and no apparent micro fractures are believed to arise. Beckwith can be your (sssh!) late round sleeper in full IDP formats. As long as you expect nothing in year one you can realistically be rewarded.
Fantasy Outlook: Might be best as a 3-4 ILB in the NFL. In that type of scheme he can be the stay-at-home backer and concentrate on filling all the gaps. A team with solid edgers would funnel things inside and Beckwith would be the perfect garbage disposal to accrue you IDP stats. He could try to play MLB in 4-3 scheme but he could be exposed in pass coverage duties especially by smaller backs. Since he is an old school big-bodied thumper, Beckwith might get tagged as a two down player no matter what the scheme. That dreaded tag might limit his tackle ceiling to under 100 or possibly around 80 annually during his prime years. He can be something more. There are special traits within him. Yet, the modern day NFL might tell a different tale. There is room for improvement with this former high school QB/DE. His football IQ is very, very large.
Combine: Even with the injury Beckwith still went to combine and spoke with teams. He also competed in the bench press where he put up 20 reps. Even with his limited workout numbers, mockdraftable.com has calculated some pretty impressive comparisons. NFL.com has compared him to Benardrick McKinney. I see tons of Robert Jones (Dallas Cowboys 1992-2001) and Chris Spielman (Detroit Lions 1988-1995, Buffalo Bills 1996-1997) in his game. Tenacity and anticipation are ultimately his top strengths.