New York Giants: Inside Linebackers To Consider In 2017 NFL Draft
Kendell Beckwith, LSU Tigers
Age: 22 (12/2/1994)
Height & Weight: 6’3″ & 247 pounds
2016 Season Statistics: 10 GP, 91 tackles, 6.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack, 1 fumble recovered
Kendell Beckwith is the physically imposing middle linebacker that many teams covet in run defense. He’s acceptable in zone coverage and naturally competitive, but the true appeal is his power in tackling runners head-on.
There are other options to consider, but Beckwith’s combination of strength and physicality will be tough to pass up in a division with Ezekiel Elliott.
Beckwith suffered a torn ACL during the 2016 season, which is a red flag that must be acknowledged and monitored. When healthy, however, Beckwith has been one of the best linebackers in the country.
The fair and obvious question pertaining to Beckwith is simple: can he return to 100 percent and become the player he’s capable of being?
Beckwith’s greatest strength is his ability to take on runners and shake off blockers. He’s an athletic phenom who can cover ground and has the competitive edge to take down even the strongest of running backs.
Beckwith could fall down draft boards due to his injury, which makes him an ideal mid-round acquisition for Jerry Reese and the Giants.