2011 NFL Draft Player Profile | Jeremy Beal
Jeremy Beal will be leaving the University of Oklahoma as one of the more decorated players in recent memory.
After coming out of Carrollton, Texas, as a four-star linebacker, the team moved Beal to defensive end, where he was subsequently named to three-consecutive All Big 12 First Teams (2008-2010).
For his four-year career, Beal amassed 213 tackles, 29 sacks and five forced fumbles. As a senior, he was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year after finishing with career-high 72 tackles to go along with nine sacks.
Player Name: Jeremy Beal
Arm: 33 1/8
Beal primarily lined up on the defensive line in college, but likely projects to the NFL as a linebacker, where he gained a little bit of experience towards the end of his career. He’s an excellent pass rusher, and is quick enough to get around the outside and strong enough to bull-rush. He gets a good jump off the snap, allowing him to push opposing linemen backwards. Beal has solid lateral quickness and can change directions very well, which will help him when dropping into coverage. He’s a sure tackler, and developed a reputation as a hard-hitter in college. He has the ability to read and react to plays very quickly; a major reason for his 53.5 tackles for loss between his sophomore and senior seasons. Beal is very durable, as evidenced by having never missed a game at Oklahoma. He was a team captain during his final two seasons, and has developed a reputation as a great leader and a “blue collar” worker. He watches lots of film, and has great instincts. Beal will be able to play OLB in a 3-4 scheme, and will also likely be able to contribute as a down lineman in a 4-3, if necessary.
While Beal is solid rushing the passer, he could stand to develop a few more moves to add to his arsenal. He also doesn’t excel when defending the run, as run blockers have an easier time holding their blocks against him. Learning those moves will help him to shed blocks more quickly. He sometimes gets too upright against linemen, which makes it easier to push him backwards. He’s decent in coverage, but struggles in pursuit of the ball carrier. He’ll give up on a play going in the opposite direction from time to time, and has a tough time dealing with double teams. Beal will likely need to drop some weight in order to be more effective as a full-time linebacker.
Beal will likely be taken somewhere between the late first and early second round of the draft. He’s a high character player, which obviously shows well in interviews and with scouts. He has all the physical tools necessary to succeed as a pro, and teams will love his leadership and intangibles, as well. Assuming nothing goes wrong during his workouts and the combine, there’s no reason to believe Beal won’t become a quality, starting outside linebacker in the NFL.
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