Fresh off a visit to the New Orleans Saints, former LSU linebacker Kendell Beckwith is en route to Indianapolis for a medical recheck of his surgically repaired knee, he said.
Beckwith visited the Saints and the Buccaneers and has a scheduled visit with Miami Dolphins, he said. A Clinton native and three-year starting middle linebacker at LSU, Beckwith ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during the Tigers’ loss to Florida on Nov. 19.
Recovery is going “great,” he said last month, and he’s already started to run full speed. However, Beckwith did not participate in any events at LSU pro day last week, and he only took part in the bench press at the combine, pumping 225 pounds 20 times. That ranked tied for 11th among linebackers.
Doctors performed a medical evaluation of Beckwith at the combine, and he’s returning to Indianapolis on Thursday for what NFL clubs call a “medical recheck.” Doctors will re-examine the knee, specifically checking how much progress has been made since the last check about six weeks ago. All team doctors are normally present at medical rechecks, which are standard among injured draft-eligible players.
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Beckwith said he’s on track to complete his rehabilitation in late July.
Many feel Beckwith’s knee injury seriously damaged his draft value. Before his injury, many projected him as a second to third-round pick, a player who could climb even higher after a standout senior season. He finished with 91 tackles, including six for a loss, in only 10 games. According to Pro Football Focus, he was the 20th-best run-stuffing linebacker in college football last season.
For most, he’s now projected as a fourth- to fifth-round pick in the draft, scheduled for April 27-29 in Philadelphia.
“I have him as a high fourth round. Maybe he sneaks into late third,” Bleacher Report.com’s Matt Miller said. “The injury hurt him. The timing hurts. You can’t do anything, can’t go out and do anything right now. I think that was a decent question mark about his game is how athletic he is. You want to see him move and test.”