2015 NFL DRAFT
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Josh Beekman

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 313 | College: Boston College
 
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Overview

One of the most decorated offensive linemen to wear a Boston College uniform in recent years, Beekman established himself as one of the most explosive drive blockers in the collegiate ranks. Many experts felt that the Eagles would need a few years to rebuild their front wall after Jeremy Trueblood and Patrick Ross graduated after the 2005 season. But Beekman led a unit that provided solid protection for a backfield that averaged 354.15 yards per game in 2006, the second-best figure among Atlantic Coast Conference teams.

Beekman was an All-American selection by Prep Star and an All-Northeast choice by Super Prep as a senior at Amsterdam High School. He was named Albany Times-Union Co-Player of the Year as a senior offensive lineman, becoming the first-ever four-time member of the Albany Times-Union All-Area team.

Beekman registered 98 tackles, three sacks and one fumble recovery on defense during his senior season. The two-way lineman led the Rugged Rams to an 11-1 record in 2001 and the team advanced to the state Class A semifinal round. Beekman was also a four-year member of Amsterdam's track and field team, competing in the shot put.

The talented lineman enrolled at Boston College in 2002, spending the season as a redshirt competing on the scout team. He was the team's top offensive line reserve in 2003, starting at left guard against Ball State and Virginia Tech.

In 2004, Beekman took over at right guard, starting 12 games. The front wall allowed only 23 quarterback sacks, as the offense averaged 385.4 yards per game.

He was a second-team All-ACC pick in 2005, starting all 12 games at right guard. He graded out at 84.7 percent in blocking consistency, and was part of an offensive line that allowed just 15 sacks on the season.

Beekman stepped his game up another notch as a senior, earning first-team All-American honors. He started nine games at guard and three at center, and was named to the Walter Camp Football Foundation All-America second team.

Beekman started 39 career games for the Eagles.

Analysis

Positives: Has a stout, compact frame with very good upper body muscle thickness, broad shoulders, thick neck, thighs and calves, good bubble and tree-trunk like legs … Has the loose hips to change direction and flow down the line, showing classic knee bend and plant-and-drive agility to redirect … Shows good balance and a strong base to neutralize the bull rush … When stationary at the point of attack, he does an excellent job of using his hands to defeat counter moves … Naturally strong player who has demonstrated an exceptional hand punch to shock and jolt the defender … Moves athletically retreating to protect the pocket and shows good explosion on contact … Type who will immediately break down game films of the opponents once those tapes arrive at the football office … Plays with a high motor and wears his emotions on his sleeve … Mauler type who works hard to finish and will never back down from a fight … Few drive blockers show the initial quickness that Beekman possesses … Comes out of his stance with good urgency, getting into his blocks with hands properly extended, legs wide in his base and his pad level low … Especially effective at gaining advantage on scoop and reach blocks … Excels sliding from side-to-side when working in the short area … Has the loose hips to redirect quickly and is a master at staying on his blocks and riding his man out … In his last three years as a full-time starter, he never allowed a quarterback sack … You will never see him bend at the waist or lean to make contact … Quick getting his hands into the opponent's jersey to lock on and jerk down … Comes off the snap with his hands on the rise, and is very effective at locking on and walling off the defender … Hits with tremendous force and is very good at clubbing the defender in the head or chop blocking to take the opponents off their feet … Road grader who consistently plays with leverage … Keeps his feet moving upon initial contact and is very good at using his hands to move the pile … Has the brute strength to overpower and controls the action with his quick first step and low pad level to maintain position with a strong base … With his quick kick slide, he does a very good job of neutralizing pocket pressure … Has the strength and wide base to hold ground firmly at the point of attack and keeps his hands active to defeat counter moves … Demonstrates keen vision to quickly locate and pick up stunts and flashes good pass set, knee bend and anchor to beat even the quicker defensive tackles … Explodes with force when he hits a defender with his hands … Hits the defender with good force in pass protection and keeps his feet under him to beat the bull rush … Consistent at getting proper hand placement in attempts to lock on and sustain.

Negatives: Shorter than ideal for an offensive guard and might be a better fit at center, but compensates for a lack of height with a very strong base and lower body strength to consistently move the pile … Meticulous sort who tends to overanalyze things and will let bad plays linger in his thoughts … Will struggle a bit to maintain balance working in space (gets narrow with his base and crosses his feet on the move) … Does not have the speed to neutralize second-level defenders and will try to compensate by overextending and lunging, but this is not a problem when working along the line … Adjusts to backside movement, but lacks the ideal speed to stay on the play long once it gets into the second level … Needs to keep his feet underneath him better when working in space and is better served working in the short area, as he does struggle to locate and land on defenders in space.

Compares To: JASON BROWN-Baltimore … Like Brown, Beekman generates an explosive punch to shock and jolt the defender. He has very good initial quickness off the snap and the lower body strength to push the pile, but lacks the timed speed and balance to be consistent attacking second-level defenders. He does a very good job of driving the defender off the line and his low center of gravity and quick hands could see him eventually slide to center at the pro level.

Career Notes

Beekman has never allowed a quarterback sack in his three years as a full-time starter, earning 36 assignments in his last 38 games … Became the first Boston College player to earn the Atlantic Coast Conference's Jacobs Blocking Trophy in 2006. The award is given to the ACC's top lineman … Recipient of the 2006 Scanlan Trophy, the highest honor bestowed upon a Boston College football player. The Scanlan Award is given to a senior football player who best exemplifies the ideals of scholar, athlete, gentleman and friend.

2006 Season

All-American first-team selection by The NFL Draft Report and the Associated Press, adding second-team honors from the Walter Camp Foundation … First-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference choice and recipient of the Jacobs Blocking Trophy … Also won the Scanlan Trophy, the highest honor a BC player can earn … Named ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week vs. Virginia Tech and Duke … Served as team co-captain, starting ten contests at right guard and the Maine, Maryland and Miami clashes at center for an injured Kevin Sheridan … Helped pave the way for a unit that led the ACC in passing (241.15 ypg), ranked second in the conference in total offense (354.15 ypg) and third in scoring (26.0 ppg) … Did not allow any quarterback sacks or pressures, as Beekman led the nation's offensive guards with an 88.5% grade for blocking consistency … Graded 83% or better in every contest … Registered 92 knockdowns/key blocks with nineteen touchdown-resulting blocks and added eleven more blocks down field … Was penalized once (holding), but also made one assisted tackle and recovered two fumbles, advancing one for 16 yards.

2006 Game Analysis

Central Michigan … Got the season off to an explosive start, grading 93% with nine knockdowns to help the team total 408 yards in a 31-24 decision … Cleared a rush lane used by fullback Brian Toal that capped an 80-yard, 10-play drive in the second quarter … Josh also upended rush end Daniel Bazuin on QB Matt Ryan's fourth quarter 19-yard touchdown toss to Tony Gonzalez that proved to be the team's game-winning points …

Head to Head Competition-DT#92-Ronnie Ekdahl-One solo tackle.

Clemson … The BC right guard added six knockdowns with two touchdown-resulting blocks, including one that cleared a rush lane used by Matt Ryan for a 1-yard scoring run on a QB option with 4:59 left in regulation, as the Eagles rallied for a 34-33 overtime win … Head to Head Competition-DT#97-Dorell Scott-Four tackles (one solo).

Brigham Young … Beekman registered a season-high 95% grade with six knockdowns as the offense generated 471 yards … Josh led the way on Brian Toal's 1-yard scoring run that finished a 4-play, 85-yard first quarter drive … Josh later flattened defensive end Gaines Adams while leading the sweep on QB Matt Ryan's 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter … Also tackled McKay Jacobson on a fourth quarter 14-yard kickoff return … Head to Head Competition-DT#77-Ian Dulan-No tackles.

North Carolina State … The Eagles managed only 321 yards, but Josh collected seven knockdowns, as he leveled linebacker Philip Lowery on fullback Brian Toal's 2-yard scoring burst early in the fourth quarter … Head to Head Competition-DT#91-Teddy Larsen-No tackles.

Maine … Beekman started at center for the first time in his career, recovering one fumble while posting eight knockdowns … He shoved nose guard Mike DeVito to the ground to spring Andre Callender for a 25-yard scoring scamper midway through the second quarter … Head to Head Competition-NG#Mike DeVito-One solo tackle.

Virginia Tech … Josh added another eight knockdowns and took down linebacker Vince Hall to keep QB Matt Ryan from getting sacked before he fired a 15-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Challenger in the first quarter … Head to Head Competition-DT#99-Carlton Powell-Three solo tackles.

Florida State … Graded 91% as he delivered six knockdowns for an offense that produced 322 yards … Josh cleared a path for a 1-yard touchdown run by Brian Toal in the second quarter and tailback L.V. Whitworth followed Beekman on a 6-yard scoring burst that ended a 73-yard, 8-play drive with 0:51 left in the first half … Head to Head Competition-DT#95-Kevin McNeil-No tackles.

Buffalo … The Eagles managed only 349 yards, but produced a 41-0 victory, as Josh graded 89%, opening a hole used by QB Chris Crane for a 4-yard touchdown run in the first quarter … Crane hid behind his right guard, as Beekman took down linebacker Ollice Ervin on an 8-yard scoring strike to fullback Mark Palmer that capped a 9-play, 83-yard drive with 5:13 remaining in the first half … Head to Head Competition-DT#95-Ronald Hilaire-Four tackles (2 solos).

Wake Forest … For the first time in 2006, Beekman did not register a touchdown-resulting block, but did post seven knockdowns for a unit that totaled 430 yards … Head to Head Competition-DT#95-Zach Dukes-Two assisted tackles.

Duke … Named ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week, grading 90% with seven knockdowns and two touchdown-resulting blocks to help BC generate 501 yards … His chop block on linebacker Mike Tauiliili gave QB Matt Ryan time to find Kevin Challenger with a 24-yard scoring pass in the first quarter … In the third quarter, Beekman leveled defensive tackle Casey Camero on a 26-yard touchdown jaunt by Andre Callender that concluded a 12-play, 97-yard drive … Head to Head Competition-DT#51-Casey Camero-Two solo tackles.

Maryland … Moved back to center for the final two regular season games, registering four knockdowns as BC collected 373 yards … Head to Head Competition-NG#92-Dre Moore-One assisted tackle, one pass deflection.

Miami … Shoved linebacker Jon Beason out of the way on a 5-yard touchdown run by Andre Callender in the first quarter and finished the day with seven knockdowns … Head to Head Competition-DT#96-Antonio Dixon-Four tackles (one solo).

Navy (Meineke Car Care Bowl) … Closed out his career with nine knockdowns and a 94% grade in a 25-24 decision … Led the way on Matt Ryan's first quarter 2-yard touchdown run … Took down defensive end Tye Adams in the backfield to protect Ryan until the QB fired a 25-yard touchdown pass to tight end Ryan Purvis with 7:36 left in the game … Head to Head Competition-DE#43-Tye Adams-One solo tackle.

2005 Season

All-Atlantic Coast Conference second-team selection … Started every game (twelve) at right offensive guard, grading 84.7% for blocking consistency with 74 knockdowns and eleven touchdown-resulting blocks and ten more blocks down field … Part of a blocking unit that helped the Eagles led the conference in total offense (387.75 ypg) and ranked third in passing (242.75 ypg) … The offensive line ranked twelfth in the nation, allowing only fifteen sacks for losses totaling 91 yards.

2005 Game Analysis

Brigham Young … Made seven knockdowns, including one that crushed linebacker Paul Walkenhorst on QB Quinton Porter's 4-yard scoring lob to tight end Chris Miller that ended a 12-play, 80-yard drive in the fourth quarter … Head to Head Competition-DT#99-Manaia Brown-Five assisted tackles.

Clemson … Added another seven knockdowns and teamed with center Patrick Ross to clear a rush lane used by fullback Brian Toal for a game-winning 1-yard touchdown run that gave BC a 16-13 overtime decision … Head to Head Competition-DT#44-Donnell Clark-One assisted tackle.

Wake Forest … Shoved safety Josh Gattis to the ground to kill the blitz on Quinton Porter's third quarter 2-yard scoring pass to Chris Miller and tackled Riley Swanson with 6:33 left in the game after the cornerback picked off a Porter pass and returned it 7 yards … Head to Head Competition-DT#55-Jyles Tucker-No tackles.

North Carolina State … For the second time in 2005, Beekman did not allow any tackles, as the offense produced 335 yards … Shoved his way into the end zone with tailback L.V. Whitworth following on a 1-yard run that capped a 73-yard, 12-play first quarter drive … Head to Head Competition-DT#72-Tank Tyler-No tackles.

2004 Season

Started every game at right guard … Graded 83.1% for blocking consistency and produced 66 knockdowns with seven touchdown-resulting blocks … Paved the way for 100-yard rushing performances from L.V. Whitworth, Andre Callender and A.J. Brooks … The offense averaged 385.4 yards per game in total offense.

2003 Season

Proved he was to become a mainstay in the Eagles' offensive line for seasons to come with his outstanding redshirt freshman year … Josh earned two starts - in the Ball State game, for the injured Augie Hoffmann, and in the Virginia Tech game, for the injured Chris Snee, lining up at left guard both times … His performance earned him a spot on The Sporting News' Big East Conference All-Freshmen team … Was a key part of an offensive line that paved the way for Derrick Knight to become BC's all-time rushing leader … Also recorded two tackles … Registered one assist on special teams vs. Pittsburgh and had one solo stop vs. Virginia Tech.

2002 Season

Redshirted as a freshman.

Injury Report

No injuries reported, but could not lift during 2006 spring camp due to a wrist sprain.

Agility Tests

Campus: 5.37 in the 40-yard dash … 460-pound bench press … 530-pound squat … 300-pound power clean … 23.5-inch vertical jump … 4.52 20-yard shuttle … 31 3/4-inch arm length … 9 5/8-inch hands … 18/26 Wonderlic score.

High School

Attended Amsterdam (N.Y.) High School, playing football for head coach Pat Liverio … All-American selection by Prep Star and an All-Northeast choice by Super Prep as a senior …

Named Albany Times-Union Co-Player of the Year as a senior offensive lineman, becoming the first-ever four-time member of the Albany Times-Union All-Area team … Registered 98 tackles, three sacks and one fumble recovery on defense during his final season … The two-way lineman led the Rugged Rams to an 11-1 record in 2001 and the team advanced to the state Class A semifinal round … Was also a four-year member of Amsterdam's track and field team, competing in the shot put.

Personal

History major, enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences … Youngest of Valerie and Charles R. Beekman Sr.'s three children … Born Joshua Beekman on 6/30/83 … Resides in Amsterdam, New York.

 
 
 

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