2011 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Jeremy Beal



Strengths:
  • Experienced from an elite college program
  • Scheme versatility as 4-3 end or 3-4 linebacker
  • Quick off snap and plays with high motor
  • Leadership qualities and hard worker
  • Football intelligence and good character
  • Hustler who makes plays one way or another
  • Proven durable over college career
  • Solid tackler and plays the run well





    Weaknesses:
  • Lacks strength to knock tackles back at end
  • Speed concerns at outside linebacker
  • Not adept at shedding tacklers
  • Needs to add pass rushing moves
  • Limited athleticism

    Summary: Jeremy Beal is an interesting prospect in that while coming out of Oklahoma's hybrid defensive scheme can be a plus, where does he fit in the NFL on a team running either the 3-4 or 4-3? He was just good enough to be productive in a lot of areas at the collegiate level, but professionals are going to shut down a lot of what he was able to accomplish in Norman. For example, he is not really fast enough to make a smooth transition to outside linebacker and not really big enough to hold his down as a defensive end. His intangibles are his greatest asset because the team drafting him is going to do so because of his potential to overcome these obstacles.

    Player Comparison: LaMarr Woodley. I hate to saddle Beal with a comparison like this, but in a lot of ways it fits. Woodley was another "tweener" coming into the draft with question marks about his speed and ability to convert to a 3-4 outside linebacker. He also has a similar frame. Beal would obviously love it if his career took the same path.





    RELATED LINKS:


    2011 NFL Mock Draft: Greg's | Walt's


    2011 NFL Draft Prospect Rankings


    2011 NFL Draft Scouting Reports








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