With the NFL Combine this week in Indianapolis, former Florida defensive tackle Marcus Thomas has been very busy. Thomas feels he is ready for the scrutiny after spending six days a week working out in Jacksonville, Fla. Rivals.com's Bob McClellan caught up with Thomas and the two give us a...[details]
The good: Beekman is a mobile, wide-bodied lineman who projects inside for the pros and possibly at all three interior positions. He is a short blocker who comes in just under 6-foot-2 and is a short-armed trenchman who relies on technique, positioning and smarts to win individual battles. He has a strong base that, combined with his fine quickness, gives him good short-area explosiveness. He is very good on traps and short pulls with the ability to get on a defender with the leverage, power and toughness to bury a defender. In pass protection, he sets up quickly and usually gets his hands on an opponent early and uses his strength and sound technique to stop the bull rush consistently.
The bad: Beekman is effective on the inside but his marginal athleticism becomes apparent if asked to do too much from a footspeed standpoint. He can struggle against speed rushers and with secondary moves if he fails to stay square with an opponent. His short arms are a liability here and may limit his ability to start at the next level.
Outlook: Strong, durable guard with enough talent to compete for playing time at the next level. Marginal top 100 prospect and probably falls to the late first or early second day. Beekman is an overrated prospect with only marginal starting talent.
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