Kendall Beckwith could be a later-round steal
Kendall Beckwith is a player who brings a ton of raw talent to the field, but needs refinement to succeed in the NFL. He won’t be picked early, but if the Cardinals bring back Minter, a later pick could be used on a guy like Beckwith.
The first thing to note with Beckwith is his experience. He’s been there and contributed for several years, and he’s been a leader, which adds value. Once he dials in on the ball, he quickly explodes to the runner and makes the hit. He plays the run very well, and is a solid tackler.
Beckwith needs work in the other areas of his game. He struggles with blockers, and needs to learn to use his hands better. He’s also, as of now, a liability in coverage. This limits him, as he’d have to come off the field on obvious passing downs. He’s more raw that NFL teams would like for a guy who has played as much as he has.
Beckwith figures to go late in day two or early on day three. If he falls into the third day, the Cardinals could see his potential as attractive enough to take a chance. Four years ago, they took Minter out of LSU. It’s conceivable that they pick another Tiger in 2017.