Beckwith grew accustomed to success during his time with the Tigers, which played a role in his decision to sign with the Chargers.
"It's a great franchise," Beckwith said. "There are some great people there. I think it's a good opportunity and a good fit for me."
|LB Darry Beckwith |
Beckwith's integration to the Chargers clubhouse should be made all the easier by the abundance of LSU players on the roster.
"I know some guys there like Jacob (Hester) and Buster (Davis). Those are guys I've played with and won championships with, so I'm excited," he said.
Also joining the LSU contingent is WR Demetrius Byrd, a player tabbed by the Chargers in the seventh round of the draft. The selection generated a buzz as Byrd was in a serious car accident only a week ago that left him in the ICU.
Beckwith is confident Byrd will be fine and ready to join him in San Diego.
"He's conscious and talking and everything, and that was a couple days ago," said Beckwith of Byrd. "He'll be good to go."
Beckwith was happy to see his teammate get drafted, but was disappointed not to hear his own name called on draft day. He says teams were scared off by his history of knee injuries, with the most recent red flag being an arthroscopic knee surgery in September of 2008.
The surgery hampered his play as a senior, but he insists he is healthy and ready to make an impact in San Diego. The Chargers are looking to upgrade the inside linebacker position, where only Stephen Cooper played consistently well in 2008, so Beckwith will have his shot to stick.
Michael Lombardo is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and a long-time contributor to the Scout.com network. His analysis has been published by the NFL Network, Fox Sports and MySpace Sports. He has followed the Chargers for more than 15 years and covered the team since 2003.