|Height: 6-3 | Weight: 233 | College: Cal Poly|
Beck plays hard, shows very good range and is a hit-and-wrap type of tackler who can generate enough pop on contact. He is a smart athlete who makes decent reads and is quick to react to blocking schemes and formations. He has the sudden burst to slip blocks on the move and is very active working down the line.
He made good strides in 2004 as a blitzer, as his rover time allowed him to be uncovered more often, giving him a free lane to make the play behind the line of scrimmage. He needs to do a better job of using his hands, as he lacks ideal size and strength to face up and disengage when taking blockers head on. His marginal change of direction skills are evident in pass coverage, as he gathers himself in transition, forcing him to take bad angles and miss tackles trying to recover.
Beck is better playing in the short zone, where he shows better awareness making plays in front of him. He is not an effective tackler in space, as he does not open his hips properly or show enough flexibility. He also struggles to use his hands effectively to prevent blockers from attacking his knees. Still, you notice that he has been highly productive making the clutch plays.
He will sometimes take on blockers with the wrong shoulder, which can result in getting stonewalled. He needs to improve his overall strength, as Beck can not be considered a knock-back tackler, especially since he tends to make too many low tackles working near the pile. Before 2003, he was not really an effective blitzer, but he developed better timing and anticipation skills to combine with his speed to create the lane needed to get to the quarterback in the pocket.
The thing you have to like about Beck is his quickness, high motor and burst on the blitz. However, he needs to show better anticipation skills in pass coverage and must improve his power base, as he lacks strength to stack and control. The level of competition he faced was marginal, but he has produced good numbers. For a team looking for a Cover-2 linebacker or one to play on the weak side, they could find a nice late round project in this player. He might be like Rodney Daingerfield (gets no respect) in some scouts' eyes, but based on his speed and production to date, I feel he is capable of contributing at the next level.
Named NCAA Division I-AA Independents Defensive Player of the Year. Second-team All-American selection by The Sports Network. Started the first 10 games at middle line-backer and played in the final game, but was slowed by a leg injury. Recorded a then school season-record 128 tackles (63 solo) with four sacks for minus-27 yards and 13 stops for losses of 43 yards. He topped the previous Cal Poly mark of 115 tackles by Brett Baker in 2000. Recovered a fumble and deflected four passes.
2003 GAME Analysis
Texas-El Paso: Opened the season with a 9-tackle performance.
Sacramento State: Had 15 tackles (8 solo) with four stops behind the line of scrimmage.
Montana State: Credited with 13 tackles (7 solo).
Northern Arizona: Collected 13 tackles with a stop behind the line of scrimmage and a pass deflection.
Montana: Set a school game-record with 13 tackles (10 solo), including a 7-yard sack of QB Craig Ochs, two stops for losses and a pass deflection. His 23 tackles topped the previous mark of 19, first set by Gary Swanson vs. Idaho State in 1983 and matched by Rich Bosselmann vs. Cal-Hayward in 1986.
Akron: Followed with 16 tackles (10 solo).
Southern Utah: Delivered 10 tackles with two stops for losses, including a 9-yard sack of QB Casey Rehrer.
Cal-Davis: Sacked QB Ryan Flanigan for a 5-yard loss, recovering a fumble that he returned 41 yards for a touchdown and made 15 tackles (9 solo) with three stops behind the line of scrimmage and a pass deflection.
Humboldt State: Closed out the season by sacking QB Chris Dixon for a 6-yard loss.
Earned All-Independent first-team honors: Started every game at middle linebacker. Recorded a team-high 113 tackles (62 solo) with 4.5 sacks for minus 24 yards and 13 stops for losses of 34 yards. Recovered a fumble and deflected two passes.
2002 GAME ANALYSIS
Toledo: Opened the season with 15 tackles and a pass break-up.
Northern Arizona: Had a pair of stops for losses and 13 hits.
Kent State: Registered 1.5 sacks for minus-4 yards and 8 tackles.
Sacramento State: Followed with 11 tackles (6 solo), a 5-yard sack and two stops behind the line of scrimmage.
Northern Iowa: Recovered a fumble and delivered 11 tackles (7 solo).
St. Mary's: Produced 13 tackles (10 solo) with a stop for a loss.
Cal-Davis: Had another 13 hits (8 solo).
Idaho State: Totaled 12 tackles with 1.5 sacks for minus-20 yards and three stops behind the line of scrimmage.
Weber State: Finished the year with two stops for losses, a pass deflection and 7 tackles (6 solo).
First-team All-Independent choice. Took over middle linebacker duties early in the season and led the team with 73 tackles (48 solo), including 2.5 sacks for minus 26 yards and seven stops for losses of 41 yards. Recovered a fumble and deflected a pass.
2001 GAME ANALYSIS
St. Mary's: Registered a season-high 13 tackles (12 solo).
Northern Iowa and Weber State: Posted 12 tackles in each game.
Alcorn State: Had 1.5 sacks, four stops for losses of 27 yards and returned a fumble recovery 20 yards for a touchdown.
Limited late in the 2003 season by an undisclosed leg injury, but did not miss any games.
Recreation Administration major. Son of Randy and Terry Beck. Father played football at UCLA and mother competed in swimming. Born 4/18/83 Resides in Mount Hermon, California.
4.56 in the 40-yard dash 340-pound bench press 495-pound squat 311-pound power clean 32-inch vertical jump 31 1/8-inch arm length 8 -inch hands 31/38 Wonderlic score.
Attended San Lorenzo Valley (Mount Hermon, Cal.) High School. Starting defensive back and wide receiver for coach Doug Morris. Team went 12-1 and won both the Santa Cruz County Athletic League championship and CIF-Central Coast Section title. All-League wide receiver, defensive back and punter. All-CCS defensive back and All-State honorable mention.