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Bucs trade up into 3rd for LSU linebacker Kendell Beckwith

Kendell Beckwith won't be immediately available to the Bucs, as he tore his ACL in November in a game against Florida and underwent surgery.

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Kendell Beckwith won't be immediately available to the Bucs, as he tore his ACL in November in a game against Florida and underwent surgery.

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The Bucs squeezed in a buzzer-beater on Friday night, trading up to get the final pick in the third round and using it to select LSU linebacker Kendell Beckwith.

Tampa Bay sent a sixth-round pick to the Jets to trade up 18 spots, from the 125th slot in the fourth round to the 107th at the end of the third. As a result, they have only two picks -- in the fifth and seventh rounds -- on the draft's final day Saturday.

Beckwith, 22, won't be immediately available to the Bucs, as he tore his ACL in November in a game against Florida and underwent surgery. He was a three-year starter at LSU, and was the team's leading tackler when he went down with injury, finishing his senior year with 91 tackles, including six for losses. As a junior, he had 84 tackles and 10 TFLs. He has good size at 6-foot-3, 247 pounds, and once healthy, he should compete for the team's strongside linebacker job, and general manager Jason Licht said he can also play middle linebacker.

[Last modified: Saturday, April 29, 2017 12:14am]

    

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