Scouting Report: Tavante Beckett

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Tavante Beckett
Photo from Beckett’s Twitter feed.

Height: 6-0
Weight: 215
Projected Position: Backer

Rivals: 3-star, #17 player in Virginia
247: 3-star, #80 OLB, #38 player in Virginia
ESPN: 3-star, #51 OLB, #26 player in Virginia

Power 5 Offers: Indiana, Maryland, Wisconsin

Though not as highly ranked or as heavily recruited as Indian River teammates Jaquan Yulee and Devon Hunter (2017), Tavante Beckett is the best pure football player of the trio. Beckett was named the Conference 9 Defensive Player of the Year in 2015, and he was also a second team All-Conference tight end. He is a good all-around football player, though his lack of measurables prevented him from having a larger offer list.

Nevertheless, the production was there for Beckett in his senior season…

Tackles: 131
TFL: 24
Sacks: 12
FF: 7

To go along with those impressive numbers, Beckett also had at least two interceptions returned for touchdowns, per his highlight film. If you’re ever struggling to find him on the football field, just locate the ball, and chances are he’ll be in the general vicinity.

Keep in mind that I’m not a professional scout by any means. That said, here are Beckett’s strengths…

Burst: Beckett closes on ball carriers very quickly. It would not surprise me if his 10-yard time was one of the best on the team as soon as he arrives this summer. That’s a very important trait for a linebacker.

Physical: Beckett certainly doesn’t