Bucs boldly leap back into third round for LSU’s Kendell Beckwith

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Buccaneers GM Jason Licht continued his streak of wheeling and dealing for the third consecutive draft. This time moving back into the final slot of the third round to grab another LSU linebacker to compliment Kwon Alexander, when they took his former teammate Kendell Beckwith.

A knee injury caused Beckwith to fall in the draft this year, but the Bucs made sure the fall stopped at the last pick (107) in the third round on Friday night.

Originally projected as a second-round selection, Beckwith’s ACL injury apparently didn’t scare off the Bucs, who added a “really good football player,’’ according to NFL Networkk analyst Mike Mayock.

“He is a down-hill, square-you-up, knock you on your butt inside linebacker,” Mayock added of the player the Bucs traded their fourth and sixth-round draft picks for.

Beckwith is a question mark after being unable to work out for teams this spring because of the rehab from surgery.

Another question is, where will Beckwith play for the Bucs? They’re well set at middle backer and weak-side backer with Alexander and Lavonte David but do have an opening at the strong-side spot.

At the very least, Beckwith adds some depth to a position where the Bucs were a bit thin, but he will probably compete on that strong side.


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