It's no secret the Seahawks will likely look at the guard position in April's NFL Draft to, at the very least, add more depth to the interior of their offensive line. Today, .NET's Ryan Rigmaiden takes a look at one of the more decorated lineman to come out this year in Boston College G Josh Beekman, who he has also slated for Seattle to select late in the second round.
2. Josh Beekman, G Boston College 6-2, 315 (5.4)
NFL Comparison - David Baas, San Francisco
Very experienced, starting 36 games and was named AP First Team All-America in 2006. Co-Captain that’s a high character guy and comes from a school that turns out solid offensive lineman. Has a low base and does well in the running game. Always hustles and plays until the whistle. Isn’t a great athlete, but competes and plays with passion. Didn’t have a great Senior Bowl, but did ok. Has started a few games at center, giving him even more versatility.
Beekman’s strength is his ability vs. the run. He plays with leverage and tenacity. Always keeps working and finishes the opposition off. Smart, always using the kind of solid fundamentals you’d expect from a player with his experience. Gets solid push on the pile by keeping his legs moving. Has solid overall strength.
Pass Protection -
Isn’t athletic enough to handle elite pass rushers on an island, and he shouldn’t have to. Sets up quickly in pass protection and uses his hands well. Can get beat off the line, but usually can rebound from it and force his defender out of the pocket. Holds his ground, but needs to bend better at the knees.
Roster Impact for Seattle -
Has the potential to start immediately either guard position. I think he’s a pure guard, but he has played some games at center, giving him some much-needed versatility for the Seahawks.
Draft Projection -
Guards are always hard to predict because beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder for NFL teams. Some love mammoth players who can drive block while other like smaller, more agile guards who can pull and trap. Beekman is a nice hybrid of both; neither huge nor small and can do it all. Right now I have him as a borderline Round 3 or 4 pick.
Beekman’s a very attractive prospect because of his experience, toughness and ability. He’s a player that leads by example and has been extremely productive. He has so many awards that I’m not going to put them all on here, but he’s highly regarded. Despite an up and down Senior Bowl, Beekman possesses the size, skill and tenacity that you want from a guard. Expect him to be a solid starter for a decade.
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