Nothing is certain

LSU will have several players sitting around waiting to hear their name called this weekend for the 2009 NFL Draft. Several players are wondering if they will get that call on Saturday or if they will have to wait until the following day.

LSU is sure to have one player drafted on the first day of the 2009 NFL Draft and if the general consensus is correct then Tyson Jackson could hear his name called towards the middle of the first round.


There seems to be very little dissension regarding Jackson’s draft stock, but for several other Tigers there will be some anxious moments this Saturday such as the case with linebacker Darry Beckwith.


Some NFL draft experts had Beckwith rated amongst the top linebackers in the country, and a possible first round pick if he had a grand finale to what was already an illustrious career with the Tigers.


However, a knee injury in the second game of the season against North Texas put a damper on the Baton Rouge native’s money year.


“Coming into the year I know I was ranked pretty high, but it’s one of those things I wish I could take back and redo,” he said. “Unfortunately, I got hurt but its part of the game. I look back and I think I played well when I was healthy. I’m healthy now so I’m just hoping for the best situation.”


Beckwith missed only two games and still started in 11 contests for the Tigers which gave him 34 starts for his career. His production was off from the 65 tackles he recorded in both his sophomore and junior season, and his 51 stops ranked fifth on LSU's defense.


Beckwith, who took part in the Senior Bowl, put the season behind him after the Chick-fil-A Bowl win and turned his focus to the NFL Combine in February where he could show NFL general managers and other personnel that the injury was only a minor setback.


Checking in at the combine at 6-feet and 242 pounds, Beckwith tested out in the middle of the pack for linebackers. His 23 reps on the bench press tied him for seventh amongst others at his position, and he ran his 40-yard dash in 4.79 seconds which was good for ninth in the linebacker group. In other areas, Beckwith tested near the bottom of his group when it came to the 3-cone drill (7.39), vertical jump (26-5) and broad jump (9-2).


Then LSU had its pro day three weeks later and Beckwith had one more opportunity to show the scouts that he had what it took to play on the next level. He showed up eight pounds lighter than where he was at for the combine at 234 pounds, and the lighter weight helped as he brought his 40-time down to a 4.65.

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That was the only event that Beckwith participated in at pro day and between his showing at the Senior Bowl, to go with the combine and pro day, he felt that he did all he could do to lay any concerns that coaches had to rest.


“I felt like I did alright at the combine and then performed well at pro day, so after that there wasn’t much else I could do,” he said.


Beckwith had one private workout for the Atlanta Falcons and said that he has spoken with several teams over his draft availability including Chicago, Green Bay, Carolina, New Orleans, and San Diego to name a few.’s team of NFL draft experts has Beckwith ranked as the No. 4 middle linebacker in the draft behind USC’s Rey Maualuga, Ohio State’s James Laurinaitis, and Southern MissGerald McRath.


If the experts at are on cue then that could equate to Beckwith hearing his name called in the second round. That just so happens to be what he’s heard recently from those involved with the draft process, but he knows that nothing is official until he gets the call.


“I try not to get caught up in it because you hear good stuff, but you try to remain humble and just hope for the best situation,” he said. “Coaches and others that have called are saying first day, anywhere in the second round. It’s one of those things where it’s hearsay to me because you never know.”


No one knows when Beckwith will get the call. It could be on Saturday or it could even be on Sunday.


Plenty of players get their hopes up only to have to deal with the harsh reality that the experts were wrong.


Beckwith doesn’t know who will draft him or when he will get selected, but he does know one thing.


“There’s no science to the draft and you never know where you will go,” he said. “You just hope for the best situation. Someone may think you’re going to go a team then they pick someone else. So you just never know.”

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