Round 5: Ben Burr-Kirven, Washington
Ben Burr-Kirven is a bit undersized at just 6’0 and 230 pounds, but he tested off the charts at the combine. If the Buccaneers somehow have still not landed a linebacker or are looking for a second backer in case Beckwith cannot return in 2019, then Burr-Kirven would be worth the look.
At the combine, Burr-Kirven ran a 4.56 40 yard dash and posted a sub-seven second 3-cone drill, proving to have elite speed and agility for a linebacker. He also managed 21 reps on the bench press, and a 34.5 inch vertical jump.
In 2018, Burr-Kirven managed to somehow tally 176 total tackles for the Washington Huskies, five and a half of which came behind the line of scrimmage. In addition he recorded two sacks, two interceptions, six passes defended, and four forced from his linebacker position.
It seems as though Burr-Kirven could also fit the bill as the backup to Bucannon in the hybrid linebacker role given his speed and agility. He could also seek to replace Bucannon after 2019 if the Buccaneers do not choose to re-sign the former Cardinal past this season.