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Washington Redskins 2016 Draft Profiles: Willie Beavers, OT

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Hogs Haven takes a look at 2016 NFL Draft prospects that could contribute to the Redskins.

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Willie Beavers, OT
School: Western Michigan | Conference: Mid-American
College Experience: Senior | Age: 22
Height / Weight: 6-4 / 324 lbs
Projected Draft Status: 4th or 5th Round
NFL Comparison: Jamon Brown

College Statistics

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Player Overview

Willie Beavers is a Michigan native and he wouldn't mind being drafted by the Detroit Lions. He was a 3-star recruit coming out of high school but didn't get much interest from BIG-10 schools despite Michigan being a talent hub for those schools. Beavers initially committed to Illinois but the Illini overrecruited that incoming class and Beavers was one of the prospects that had to find another school to play for. He finally found a home at Western Michigan and has been a key part of their offensive line over the past 3 years. Beavers has started 40 straight games in his career.

What's most impressive about him is his athleticism for such a big man. It isn't elite by any means but few 324 lb OTs can move like Beavers. He has naturally quick feet, strength, and his long arms have helped him stonewall pass rushers and create lanes for his running back. Beavers is pretty raw as a prospect, struggles with speed rushers off the edge, and that is slightly concerning given his streak as a starter. However I am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt as Western Michigan isn't known for playing high-level competition, high-level coaching, or high-level offensive line coaching. Give Beavers a year or two with an NFL offensive line coach and he could be molded into starting OT material.

Strengths

  • Plays with a solid base, knee bend, and footwork help him maintain leverage.
  • Aggressive run blocker, best at down blocking opening lanes for the runner.
  • Athletic for his size can get in space and cause damage.
  • Has a good kick-slide and makes solid contact when he can mirror.
  • Good functional strength with decent adjustments to stunts and blitzes.

Weaknesses

  • Needs to be coached up quite a bit, can be beaten by speed rushers, susceptible to inside swim moves, waist bender, lunges and gets off balance, doesn't have recovery speed need to reset and shuffle. When beaten he will grab and that's holding.
  • Has the worst bail move to try and create space for himself on the edge I have ever seen. You have got to check out the :37 mark of the Ohio State game.
  • Lacks forceful punch and nastiness you want to see out of your LT.
  • Can be pushed back too easily compromising the pocket.


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How He Would Fit on the Redskins

Beavers is certainly a polarizing player. He just recently he fell out of Mayock's top 5 offensive tackle rankings. Some think he's a good prospect with tremendous upside and others think he's pure trash. My opinion falls somewhere in the middle. As it relates to the Redskins, you can't be sure we won't be looking at mid-round tackle prospects to compete with or replace Ty Nseke and Tom Compton. Beavers seems like a good developmental prospect for a zone blocking scheme because of his athleticism, but he certainly has the size and strength to play in a power scheme as well. If he is on our draft board he would have a shot at taking the swing tackle role over from free agent Tom Compton. In my view the 4th round would be too rich for a guy like him but I do believe he can get a lot of his deficiencies coached up. Ultimately I think we look elsewhere for a backup tackle, but it feels good knowing if we spend a draft pick on an OT he wouldn't be forced into heavy action because the Redskins have their bookends already.