- CProjectionRound 6
- Hand8 ⅝
- Arm32 ¼
Strong Points: Good size. Requisite NFL D-line short-area quickness and burst. Flashes as a run defender and pass rusher. Quick hands. Plays hard.
Weak Points: Plays like he has short arms, losing the leverage game. Gets tall. Questionable instincts -- too often he has no idea where the ball is and is fooled by misdirection. Doesn't make the plays expected of someone with his natural physical talent. Two separate ACL injuries early in his career hurt his explosiveness.
The Way We See It: Beckner played defensive tackle in a four-man front, usually lining up as a 0-, 1- or 2-technique but occasionally at 3-tech. He has good size and strength but doesn't make very many plays. Beckner is slow to find the ball and too easily fooled. He flashes quick hands but generally plays like he is short-armed and loses leverage. Beckner could test well at the combine, which might help his draft status. I just don't see more than a rotational backup who might be good for 15 snaps a game in a 4-man front. First, Beckner must get by the medical.