Year: Junior Height: 6’00 Weight: 237 40 Time: 4.72 College Stats: NCAA
BSMW GAME DAY BOARD (as of 4/15/07) Round: 1st Rank: 20 Median Draft Position: 20.0 (9 drafts)Lo: 14 Hi: 32 Most Frequent Mock Selection: 18 (Bengals – 2 mocks)
BSMW SUMMARY (as of 4/15/07)
First of all, I am unable to explain the inscription on the picture above, so let’s not dwell on it. Dwell instead on Beason, the prolific Hurricane. He is said to have the athleticism, speed, strength and instincts to be a long-term NFL starter; a player with the range to make plays all over the field, and the power to take on and defeat blocks at the point of attack – a potential three-down player. Called short but not small, he played in a 4-3 at Miami but some scouts claim that he projects equally well into the middle of a 3-4 defense like the Patriots. He’s called an intense, committed kid that was a natural leader among his teammates. Just a junior, he had the productivity and intangibles that the Pats look for – he led the Hurricanes in tackles despite missing one game and most of another. Those nagging injuries (shoulder, knee) are part of Beason’s downside, along with concerns that due to his height, he may get swallowed up inside. I’m ignoring that for the time being, reminding myself that they would have been saying the same thing about Tedy Bruschi not too long ago. If we can believe the profiles, Beason combines athleticism and tools with a productive track record – compared often to former Hurricane Jonathan Vilma (I’ll take that), he could infuse the Pats inside linebacker group with much needed youth and energy, as well as the versatility to play outside too. The Pats seemingly agree – they’ve been linked to Beason at the Combine as well as a personal workout (with head coach Bill Belichick) in March. They later invited him for a pre-draft visit to Foxboro. Two mocks (including guru Rick Gosselin) see him going to the Pats at pick 24, but several others think he could be picked in the teens. Overall, the mocks say there’s a 40% chance he’ll be there for the Pats. Given the team’s needs, and Beason’s skill set, it’s hard to believe he wouldn’t be a good first-round value for New England.
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Yahoo Sports’ John Murphy rates Beason as the 2nd best OLB prospect.