Beckwith, flash in the pan or the real deal?


Kendell Beckwith is the real deal and will be a good NFL linebacker.  Beckwith put up 73 tackles and 1 sack in his rookie season for the Buccaneers. In my opinion, Beckwith was not drafted to be a star for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he was brought in for depth at linebacker position and the Buccaneers got their money’s worth, when they selected him in the 3rd round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Beckwith was an underrated linebacker coming out of LSU, because of the knee injury he sustained prior to the draft. The injury caused him to be labeled as an injury liability and caused NFL scouts to not have more tape on him.

Beckwith will not be a 3 down linebacker, due to his inexperience and mobility in pass coverage, but Beckwith has the opportunity to get on the field by pass rushing when the Buccaneers go into their nickel 2-4-5 formation ( 2 linemen, 4 linebackers, 5 defensive backs). Much like they did, quite often last year, when we were short on pass rushers. Beckwith made a name for himself when he was asked to start in the game against Tom Brady’s New England Patriots. I watched Beckwith, closely, on about 80 percent of the plays where he was asked to cover the slot receiver in that game. He held his own, very well, against a Hall of Fame quarterback.

The key to success with Beckwith, is familiarity and continuity. What that means is: As long as he remains in the same kind of system and has players like David and Alexander around him coaching him and teaching him, he will come out just fine.

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