Seventh Round: Terry Beckner Jr., DT, Missouri
It would appear Gerald McCoy is safe in Tampa Bay after the Buccaneers opted to wait on drafting a defensive tackle until the seventh round of the draft. With their last pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Buccaneers brought Missouri defensive tackle Terry Beckner Jr. to Tampa Bay.
Beckner may have a long road ahead of him to make the final roster, but fulfilling the dream of getting a phone call on draft day from the Buccaneers in the seventh round could be enough motivation to fuel him. Throughout his four years at Missouri, Beckner has had serious injury concerns, and has hurt both of his knees during his collegiate career.
At the combine, Beckner did not have the best of showings either, graded as a poor athlete. Measuring in at 6’3½ and 296 pounds, Beckner managed to run only a 5.19 second 40 yard dash, hit a 24.5 inch vertical jump, a 8’4 foot broad jump, and mustered only a 7.97 second 3-cone drill. He did however hit 28 reps on the bench press.
Beckner’s saving grace may be the lack of depth in the defensive trenches for the Buccaneers and the amount of money tied to unproductive veterans. Beckner has fought back before, and he may just do it again as he attempts to make the final roster in Tampa Bay.