In 2010, as a redshirt true freshman, Ben Beckwith made the Mississippi State football team as a walk-on. Four seasons later, he's pursuing an NFL career, and will make an NFL roster due to his strong ability as a pass blocker, strong fundamentals, and his ability to play both guard and center. Once he's there, don't count him out. Ben Beckwith plays with a chip on his shoulder, and is a dedicated, hard working player who could earn a big role in an NFL offense early in his NFL career. As a projected 6th round pick, Beckwith will be an extreme value in the NFL Draft, and deserves to hear his name called earlier.
At 6-4, 317 pounds, Beckwith has the size that NFL scouts look for in an offensive line prospect. What can't be measured is the amount of heart that Ben Beckwith brings to the table as a player who has spent his career beating the odds with hard work and dedication. As a freshman and sophmore, Beckwith saw time as a special teams player mainly. As a junior, Beckwith worked his way into the Mississippi State starting offense, starting the final 12 games of the 2013 season. As a senior, Beckwith blocked for the SEC's 3rd ranked rushing offense. Not bad for a player that wasn't even rated by 247sports coming out of high school.
Unfortunately, Ben Beckwith did not participate in the 2015 NFL Combine. While scouts will be drawn to Beckwith's pro day on March 4th (pay attention to this date, if you are an NFL scout, you NEED to check this kid out), scouts are missing a huge opportunity to see Ben Beckwith side-by-side with other offensive line prospects. Scouts will have to refer to his game tape and Shrine Game tape to pair with his pro day results. If you watch the game tape and look at the numbers, the Mississippi State offensive line has done some phenomenal things during his time there.
While Beckwith is mostly known as a pass blocker in scouting circles, during his junior season against LSU, Beckwith opened holes for 5 rushes of 20+ yards. Later that season, Beckwith blocked for an offensive unit that produced 556 yards of total offense against Texas A&M. As a senior, Beckwith was named SEC offensive lineman of the week twice. The first time was against LSU, when Beckwith was the highest graded offensive lineman in an offensive unit that produced 570 total yards of offense. Beckwith recorded 5 knockdowns in that game. The second time was against
Texas A&M. Beckwith was moved from guard to center for the game and played every offensive snap at the position. The Mississippi State offense generated 559 yards of total offense, with almost 300 rushing yards. Clearly, Beckwith has the potential to be a solid, solid NFL lineman.
Ben Beckwith has the drive, the ability, and the talent to make an impact on any team that drafts him in 2015. As a player who has worked hard at every step of his football career to earn his place, Beckwith is the type of player that will be a hard worker on the practice field and a leader in the locker room. Players like Ben Beckwith, who work hard on every snap and in every practice, are the type of guy that you want to build a roster around, and Beckwith is a player that deserves a long, hard look from every NFL team. He'll likely be a later round selection, which means teams can bring him in and not expect him to start right away. His versatility alone is enough to make him a valuable pick later in the draft. His talent and pure drive to succeed will likely render him a steal who will outperform his draft position.
Dear NFL scouts, make sure you're at Ben Beckwith's pro day on March 4th. You won't regret it. And fans, Don't forget to check Ben out on twitter and facebook! From unrated walk-on to NFL prospect, Beckwith's story is one of the best success stories in college football. With a work ethic as strong as Ben Beckwith's, I expect that success story to continue in the NFL. Don't count him out on draft day.
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