The Buccaneers GM pulled another “move-back-into-the-round” trade, but this time it was into the third round to select a linebacker. Moving back into the third round to select LSU LB Kendell Beckwith came as a surprise to many who were betting on a running back. However, the move that had many scratching their heads, gave Kwon Alexander a reason to cheer.
Beckwith, who is a former teammate of Alexander’s, is a talented, hard-hitting linebacker, and will compliment Alexander quite nicely. The one problem that can be seen of Beckwith is that he is recovering from ACL surgery and may not be recovered in time for workouts. But, that in no way, deterred the Buccaneers from drafting him.
He is a solid player and adds depth in an area the Bucs were lacking. When he is healthy he will likely be a serious competitor and could find himself starting at the strongside.
In Beckwith’s four-year career at LSU, he had recorded some solid defensive stats. In 44 games, he recorded 7.5 sacks, 263 total tackles, 24.5 for losses, 1 interception and returned it for a touchdown, 8 passes defended, 3 forced fumbles, and 3 fumbles recovered.