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Kendell Beckwith | Linebacker

Team: LSU Tigers
Age / DOB:  (23) / 12/2/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 245

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Bucs selected LSU LB Kendell Beckwith with the No. 107 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.
Beckwith (6’2/243) made 29 starts at middle linebacker for LSU, tallying 24.5 career tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, and three forced fumbles. He led LSU in tackles (91) as a senior and earned first-team All-SEC from the conference’s coaches, only to tear his left ACL in the second-to-last regular season game. When healthy, Beckwith is a two-down banger in the Benardrick McKinney mold who will likely leave the field on passing downs. Due to the knee injury, Beckwith is a candidate to "redshirt" his rookie season. Fri, Apr 28, 2017 11:45:00 PM

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Pro Football Focus compared LSU ILB Kendell Beckwith to Detroit Lions LB Nick Bellore.

"Bellore spent the majority of his first five years in the NFL on special teams, where Beckwith will also need to cut his teeth," writes the PFF analysis team, adding that the 6-foot-2, 245-pound Beckwith "lacks the speed to pursue to the boundary, as well as stay with tight ends and backs in coverage, and appears to lack natural instincts in zone coverage as well." They have serious questions about his ability to take on blockers as well as a general lack of sound tackling. A torn ACL suffered on November 19 against Florida does nothing to help his stock, as he simply hasn't been able to truly take part in the process to date due to his current health limitations. Day 2 is still in play for him come the draft, though a slide to Day 3 is not inconceivable.
Fri, Apr 7, 2017 06:41:00 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares LSU ILB Kendell Beckwith (ACL) to Benardrick McKinney.

"Productive full-time starter over last two and a half seasons on talented LSU defenses," Zierlein wrote. "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." Beckwith is currently rehabbing a torn ACL. He was leading the squad with 91 tackles and six TFL before tearing up his knee against Florida.
Wed, Feb 22, 2017 04:18:00 PM

LSU senior ILB Kendell Beckwith tore his ACL in the school's Nov. 19 game against Florida.

This is horrible news for a player who was set up to attend the Senior Bowl and is considered one of the top players at his position. Beckwith dealt with an LCL injury during spring practice but looked back to his old form this season through 10 games. It will be difficult for Beckwith to participate in any portion of the draft process.
Tue, Dec 20, 2016 02:47:00 PM

LSU senior ILB Kendell Beckwith will miss the school's bowl game against Louisville due to a knee injury suffered in the November loss to Florida.

Beckwith hurt his LCL in spring practice, but no details have been released for the latest injury. Beat writer Ross Dellenger did call it "serious." Beckwith somewhat surprisingly returned for the 2016 season and played at a high level. He joins an impressive group of linebackers int he 2017 NFL Draft and has been invited to the Senior Bowl, if healthy enough to play.
Mon, Dec 5, 2016 09:56:00 AM

LSU senior ILB Kendell Beckwith (knee) will miss Thursday's regular-season finale against Texas A&M.

Beckwith injured his knee during Saturday's loss to Florida. This is a tough blow for the Tigers, as the 6-foot-2, 245-pounder was just named a Butkus Award finalist on Monday. Through 10 games, Beckwith has destroyed the opposition to the tune of 91 tackles (6.0 for loss), a sack and four passes defended. It is not yet known whether Beckwith might be able to participate in LSU's eventual bowl.
Mon, Nov 21, 2016 01:55:00 PM

LSU senior ILB Kendell Beckwith was diagnosed with a lateral collateral ligament injury in his knee.

Fortunately, the injury, suffered in spring practice, won't require surgery. Instead, Beckwith is to rest. And luckily for him, he has several months in front of him to do just that. "I can rest it now. The type of injury it was, it’s got to heal over time," he said. "I feel like I’ll be good in another week or two." Beckwith ended up missing six spring practices, but was present as new DC Dave Aranda installed his 3-4 scheme. "The terminology was different, but once we got the hang of that, we were rolling," Beckwith said. "It’s just technique. (Aranda) really coaches hard on technique."
Wed, Apr 20, 2016 04:36:00 PM

The Advocate's Ross Dellenger relays that LSU senior ILB Kendell Beckwith (knee) should return to spring practice "at some point."

HC Les Miles wouldn't allow himself to be pinned down to a concrete timetable with Beckwith, but did let on that the 6-foot-2, 245-pound senior leader should be able to return before the program closes up spring shop. He suffered an injury in practice on Friday, one which the New Orleans Times-Picayune was reporting as potentially serious. A subsequent MRI came back negative and did not show structural damage to the knee, so sighs of relief all the way around. Last season, Beckwith recorded 73 tackles (10 for loss), 3.5 sacks and two forced fumbles.
Sat, Mar 12, 2016 04:54:00 PM

An MRI taken on LSU senior ILB Kendell Beckwith's knee revealed no structural damage.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune reported on Friday morning that Beckwith suffered a potentially major knee injury in practice. Crisis averted for the time being, as LSU Football's Twitter feed ladled out a report that the knee was "fine," with no structural damage found during an MRI. HC Les Miles and company are surely breathing a sigh of relief to know their 6-foot-2, 245-pound senior stalwart likely won't be out for any significant amount of time. Don't be surprised if the team plays it cautiously with Beckwith in coming spring practices, though.
Fri, Mar 11, 2016 05:20:00 PM

LSU junior ILB Kendell Beckwith announced he will return for his senior season.

The Tigers also received confirmation on Monday that cornerback/return specialist Tre’Davious White will return to school. "These are special guys," LSU HC Les Miles said. " ... They are leaders; Kendell makes all the calls from the Mike linebacker spot and Tre’Davious wears No. 18, which has always been the mark of a leader." Beckwith's decision is great news, as LSU is losing senior LB Deion Jones. Beckwith will help stabilize the group, making calls for what will be one of the nation's best defenses next year. Beckwith had 84 tackles, 10 TFL and 3.5 sacks last year and 172 tackles, 18.5 TFL and 6.5 sacks over his career. The 6-foot-2, 245-pounder was a semifinalist for the Butkus Award, given to the top linebacker in college football. "I feel as if I have a lot of unfinished business here at LSU," he said.
Mon, Jan 18, 2016 03:30:00 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that LSU junior ILB Kendell Beckwith is leaning toward a return to school for his senior season.

Beckwith's eligible for this spring's draft, but it looks like the Tigers might be getting back one of their key defenders in 2016. This past season, the 6-foot-2, 245-pound junior recorded 73 tackles (10 for loss), 3.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. While he lacks the speed of some other linebacking prospects, he's also a powerful, "fundamentally sound tackler," per CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler in early November.
Thu, Jan 14, 2016 10:58:00 PM

LSU junior ILB Kendell Beckwith "is a fundamentally sound tackler with a strong upper body, staying low with leverage to wrap, drop and finish," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler observes.

"Beckwith, who is tied for the team lead with 51 tackles, isn't an elite speed player, but he's a hammer between the tackles with the power and feel to sift through the trash and find the ball," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-2, 245-pound linebacker is one the Tigers' biggest defensive leaders in 2015, Brugler notes that Beckwith has an "NFL future" on his horizon. Last season, Beckwith finished second on team with 77 tackles, with 7.5 tackles for loss and two sacks.
Source: CBS Sports
Fri, Nov 6, 2015 04:00:00 PM

LSU head coach Les Miles believes LSU junior ILB Kendell Beckwith "is the finest Mike LB in the conference."

The 6-foot-2, 245-pound linebacker is one of top play makers and defensive leaders for the Tigers this season. The junior linebacker shows a ton of athleticism and speed for his size, and has posted 40 tackles on the season. Last season, Beckwith finished second on team with 77 tackles, with 7.5 tackles for loss and two sacks.
Mon, Oct 19, 2015 02:28:00 PM

LSU junior ILB Kendell Beckwith "has smooth arms and legs without much cut or definition," writes NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

"He does his job, playing with strength and leverage," Zierlein wrote. "Beckwith is solid in pursuit, but he's nothing special and is not a great athlete. ... He's a heavy tackler with some intimidation as a hitter." Against Auburn, according to the analyst, Beckwith "spent too much time sitting back and letting the play come to him." The 6-foot-2, 245-pound linebacker was ranked by Sports on Earth's Matt Brown as the No. 12 LB in the country before the season.
Thu, Sep 24, 2015 06:37:00 PM

LSU junior ILB Kendell Beckwith's explosiveness allows him to make plays "sideline-to-sideline," notes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Pauline wrote that he "love[s]" Beckwith's explosiveness and tenacity. The 6-foot-2, 245-pound linebacker started the last seven games of the 2014 season and has recorded 88 tackles, 8 1/2 TFL and three sacks over the last two years. In June, Sports on Earth's Matt Brown labeled him the No. 12 LB in the country.
Wed, Aug 12, 2015 05:14:00 PM