Run Defense - Has some power at the point of attack to handle a single block but ineffective hands allows blockers easy to access to his frame. Tries to spin out of contact which often further widens running lanes. Gets worked by combos and down blocks. Has some success shooting a single gap.
Pass Rush - Favorites moves are rips, swims and spins. Lacks dynamic get off to truly stress the feet of interior blockers. Timing of counters is inconsistent and his rush plan is often not identifiable.
Effort - Plays with consistently high effort but he digs deeper on some reps. Inconsistent results clearing blocks leads to stalled efforts. Works hard down the line of scrimmage in backside pursuit.
Hand Technique - Hands are busy and they have some pop to them but he’s inconsistent with timing and placement. Plays reps too close to the chest and rarely has enough extension. Too many reps played close to the chest.
Flexibility - Severely tight in his lowers. Turning corners and changing directions are extremely gradual. Linear tracks are necessary for him to finish.
Play Strength - Has good initial exchanges but he can get out-muscled. Has a poor tendency to pop straight up out of his stance and loose the leverage battle from the outset. Gets washed by down blocks and doubles.
Play Speed - Glimpses of short area burst often result in a lack of control. Needs to keep his pads down to be a more effective gap penetrator. More often than not, his releases are gradual.
Lateral Movement - More effective in a phone booth than stringing out plays laterally. Below average agility and flexibility is restrictive in lateral pursuit.
Versatility - Probably best suited for three-technique duties in a 4-3 alignment. Inability to play with extension presents restrictions as a five-technique. Has some appeal against the run and rushing the passer but he isn’t overly dynamic.
BEST TRAIT - Short Area Burst
WORST TRAIT - Hand Usage
RED FLAGS - Torn right ACL and MCL in 2015. Torn left ACL in 2016. 2016 Marijuana suspension.
A former five-star recruit, Beckner’s career was plagued with multiple knee injuries but still managed consecutive double-digit tackle for loss seasons to close his career. Beckner has some exciting flashes on film where he cranks up his motor, explodes into the neutral zone and makes plays on the other side of the line of scrimmage. Unfortunately, he lacks the athletic ability, functional strength, flexibility and hand technique to be a consistent playmaker at the next level. Beckner has some rotational upside in an even front but he’s unlikely to be a preferred starting option.
Round Grade - Late Day Three