2018 NFL Draft

Dwayne Beckford, ILB

School: Purdue  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Irvington, NJ
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 235 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
Latest News
09/07/2012 - It was only a matter of time before linebacker Dwayne Beckford's days on the Purdue football team were over. That happened last week when coach Danny Hope said Beckford has been dismissed following his fourth arrest in the last 14 months. "It became official (Wednesday)," Hope said. Beckford, who ranked second on the team in tackles in 2011, was arrested Monday -- one week after officers from West Lafayette were called to Beckford's apartment over a verbal argument with a female acquaintance. Asked when he became aware of Beckford's latest incident, Hope said: "I don't have my calendar with me but as soon as it happened a week ago. Hours after it happened." Beckford has been charged with five separate incidents in Tippecanoe County since June 2011. - The Sports Xchange

08/30/2012 - Purdue dismissed its second-leading tackler from 2011, Dwayne Beckford before the start of the regular season. Beckford was suspended indefinitely after his fourth arrest since June 2011. He was charged with marijuana possession in December and on Monday was arrested and charged with possession of a synthetic drug and two counts of possession of paraphernalia. Police reportedly discovered bath salts in Beckford's apartment when responding to a call about a verbal confrontation with a female. - The Sports Xchange

08/12/2012 - Top-five Purdue prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 3. ILB Dwayne Beckford...Despite missing the bowl game, Beckford still finished second on the team in tackles last season with a career-best 91 stops. But he missed the final game of 2011 because of some off-field issues, creating some concern about his maturity. Beckford was originally just a two-star prep recruit out of New Jersey and served as a freshman back-up in 2009. He started 18 games the past two seasons and combined for 175 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks, adding his first career interception last year. Beckford has a leaner body type and has done a nice job filling out his frame in the weight room, but looks maxed-out physically. He flows well with the action with good athleticism and quickness for the position, showing the foot speed and movement skills to blitz and also drop in coverage. Beckford delivers a jolt on contact but needs to finish tackles, take better angles and clean up his read/react skills to improve his overall timing. He has an intense on-field temperament, but also comes with some maturity concerns after he was suspended and taken off scholarship prior to the bowl game last year for a DUI-related arrest. However, Beckford worked hard to regain his spot on the roster this spring and is expected to be one of Purdue's defensive leaders this fall. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

05/22/2012 - Receiver O.J. Ross and linebacker Dwayne Beckford are back on scholarship and are expected to be part of Purdue's football team during the 2012 season, coach Danny Hope said Friday. Both players were suspended from the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl victory over Western Michigan. Ross was reinstated after the start of spring practice but Hope took away his scholarship after the junior missed classes. Beckford was dismissed from the university, but Hope said the team's second leading tackler in 2011 has returned to Purdue and is eligible. "He had to get a job, take out loans, pay for his education, work hard and pass the classes," Hope said. "He's passed the classes that he needs to stay on track for eligibility and from a graduation standpoint. He's on the team, back on scholarship and we don't anticipate any further incidents with Dwayne. "As long as he does well in school and takes care of business and there aren't any type of legal repercussions we'll proceed on." Beckford is scheduled to stand trial June 21 for operating a vehicle while intoxicated near the Purdue campus. He also is scheduled to be sentenced June 25 for violating probation in a 2011 conviction for leaving the scene of a property damage crash. - Mike Carmin, Sophia Voravong, The West Lafayette Courier & Journal