(via Tampa Bay Buccaneers Communications) - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that the team has signed three selections from the 2017 NFL Draft: linebacker Kendell Beckwith, running back Jeremy McNichols and defensive tackle Stevie Tu’ikolovatu (TOO-ee-koe-loe-VAH-too).
Beckwith (6-3, 247) was the second of Tampa Bay’s two third round picks, chosen 107th overall out of Louisiana State. He played in 47 career games, with 29 starts, totaling 263 tackles, 24.5 tackles for loss, eight passes defensed, 7.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one interception. As a senior (2016), Beckwith earned third-team All-America honors from the Associated Press and was named first-team All-SEC by the conference’s coaches after leading the Tigers and ranking second in the SEC with 9.1 tackles per game. A native of Clinton, Louisiana, Beckwith attended East Feliciana High School.
McNichols (5-9, 214) was selected in the fifth round (162nd overall) out of Boise State, where he played in 34 career games, starting the final 25, totaling 3,205 rushing yards on 571 carries (5.6 avg.), with 44 rushing touchdowns, while catching 103 passes for 1,089 yards and 11 touchdowns. McNichols finished his career with the seventh-most rushing yards in school history and the fourth-most rushing touchdowns. A two-time second-team All-Mountain West selection (2015-16), McNichols was named to the Maxwell Award watch list and was a semifinalist for the Doak Walker Award in 2016, when he rushed for 1,709 yards (third-most in a single season in school history) and 23 touchdowns (fourth-most). A native of Long Beach, California, McNichols attended Santa Margarita High School.
Tu’ikolovatu (6-1, 320) was selected 223rd overall out of USC, where he played the 2016 season after transferring from Utah. In his collegiate career, the Salt Lake City, Utah native played in 38 games, with 14 starts, totaling 89 tackles (nine for loss), four fumble recoveries, three passes defensed and two tackles for loss. In his lone season with the Trojans, Tu’ikolovatu was named second-team All-Pac-12 and earned Rose Bowl defensive player of the game honors after leading the team with eight tackles in a win over Penn State.