Linebacker Kendell Beckwith became one of the newest Tampa Bay Buccaneers after signing with the team on Tuesday.
Beckwith, the team’s third-round draft pick from LSU, was among three players who signed with the team on Tuesday.
The Bucs were intrigued with Beckwith, trading up 18 spots with the New York Jets to obtain him with the final pick in the third round in last month’s draft.
It might be awhile before Beckwith can contribute with the Bucs as he tore his left ACL in a November game against Florida and underwent immediate surgery.
The three-year starter was LSU’s leading tackler when he was injured, finishing his senior season with 91 tackles, including 6 for losses.
When he recovers from his injury, Tampa Bay scouts project him as a potential challenger for the team’s starting strongside linebacker job who could also help at middle linebacker.
Before concentrating on defense while at LSU, Beckwith was a standout quarterback in high school. He was recruited to the Tigers as an “athlete” and could have played any number of positions, including quarterback, defensive end, linebacker or wide receiver.
That athleticism should help him at the next level.