Starting his career at Troy University, Marquell Beckwith didn’t see the field too much early on in his career. After redshirting, he came back the next two years but saw limited playing time. When his time finally came to prove himself in his junior year, he suffered a devastating ACL tear prior to the season which forced him to miss the whole year. Beckwith then went on to transfer to Alabama State. A decision which he described to be, “a lesson in the beginning but it will be a blessing in the end”.
At Alabama State, Beckwith was poised to take over the feature back role. Injury would strike again as he suffered a high ankle sprain in the 2nd game of the year which forced him out of a handful of games. Beckwith still managed to finish the season strong and was even invited to play in the FCS All Star Game and the Tropical Bowl as he flashed his ability in both venues.
Poor timely injuries when he was given the opportunities to prove himself didn’t allow him to do that. It kind of leaves you sitting there thinking “what could have been”? Beckwith is a speed back who matches that with ability as both a receiver and a returner. A deep sleeper in this year’s NFL Draft, he’s just looking for a shot to prove himself.
Pro Day Results
Size: 5’9”/198 lbs
40-Yard Dash: 4.45
Bench Press: 19 reps
Vertical Jump: 33.5”
Broad Jump: 113”
20-Yard Shuttle: 4.25
Q: Your cousins Darry and Kendell were both standout linebackers at LSU, are you close with them? Growing up, did you all know you had a serious shot at the NFL?
A: No, I’m not close to them. I found out we were related when I was in high school when I asked my dad. I grew up in Montgomery, AL. I think they grew up in New Orleans. Playing in the NFL always been a huge dream of mine, I always told myself I will play in the NFL after obtaining my degree from college .
Q: Do you keep in touch with Kendell during this process? How would you describe the fact that you have someone going through the same process as you?
A: No, I actually never had a conversation with him. I would say it’s a blessing to have someone who’s going through this with me. I wish him the best though.
Q: Injuries have severely hampered your ability to stay on the field for most of your college career. With a small sample size on film compared to other prospects, how do you sell yourself to teams?
A: Yeah, I had to deal with certain injuries here & there but I feel like all of that is God’s plan. I haven’t taken many hits in college or been banged up a lot. So I don’t have a lot of miles on my body. But I just tell the teams to let me go out and show them that I can make plays and be an awesome player for their team. I really don’t worry about other prospects, I just focus on myself because I know what I can do when I’m on the field .
Q: You were invited to both the FCS All Star game and Tropical Bowl, how would you rate those experiences? Did you form any relationships with other players/coaches?
A: Both of those games were great. I had a fantastic time there, I did great and I talked to a few teams there. It was really a blessing to be among the selected few to play in those games. Yes, I built a relationship with players and coaches. We talk on social media networks from time to time.
Q: After starting your career at Troy, you went on to transfer to Alabama State. Was making that transition difficult?
A: Yes, it was. I suffered a season ending injury right before we started fall camp at Troy my junior year. I got healthy, graduated and transferred to Alabama State. It was tough leaving Troy and going there. I questioned the decision after I made it. I feel like it was a lesson in the beginning but it will be a blessing in the end.
Q: How would you describe your running style?
A: I would say I’m a speed running back who has power to use it when needed. I can run outside or inside, I won’t shy away from contact and I will fight for the extra yards. I know I can be a three down running back in the league and I can fit in with any team.
Q: The majority of running backs in today’s NFL offer some type of pass catching ability. Can you excel in that facet of the game?
A: Of course, I have great hands . I can catch well out of the backfield. I have a history of playing slot receiver in high school, so I have the ability to split out in the slot and catch the ball from out there. If I’m 1 on 1 with a linebacker, I will win every time.
Q: What would you consider to be your biggest strength?
A: I would say my football IQ is one of my biggest strengths, I watch a lot of film so I have the ability to recognize a defense and determine many of the things they’re trying to do. I have good vision, I’m able to make cuts at full speed, I can also protect my quarterback when I’m not out on a route.
Q: What is something you feel you need to work on?
A: I feel like I need to work on my pad level, sometimes I tend to raise up to get to full speed but I’ve been working on that the entire time I’ve been training.
Q: Is there an NFL player who you model your game after?
A: I watch two players. Le’Veon Bell and LeSean Mccoy, I love how patient Bell is and I’ve been getting comparisons to LeSean since high school. I tend to take whatever I need from both of those guys and add it to my game.
Q: When you’re not focused on football, what do you enjoy doing in your free time?
A: I’m always focused on football, it’s my life. But I spend time with my sons (La’dell and La’trell) in my free time. Those guys keep me going.
Q: Who you got winning the NCAA Tournament?
A: I really don’t care for basketball but I’m rolling with the underdogs. South Carolina.