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Jon Beason
Height: 6-0 | Weight: 235 | Position:OLB | College: Miami (Fla.)
 
Overview

The team leader and a fiery competitor, the Dick Butkus Award candidate was bothered by several nagging injuries the second half of the 2006 season, but still went on to lead the team in tackles (76). The versatile and hard-hitting defender began his Miami career as a fullback, but shifted to strong-side outside linebacker as a redshirt freshman in 2004. He also played several games at middle linebacker that year before shifting to weak-side outside linebacker as a sophomore.

Beason could be in line for an other position shift in the National Football League, as his size and instincts might be better suited for middle linebacker in the pros. Former Miami head coach Larry Coker considered Beason in the mold of some former Hurricane linebackers that played during the Coker era -- Dan Morgan (Carolina) and Jonathan Vilma (New York Jets). Coker called Beason a tremendous competitor with the range to make plays from sideline-to-sideline.

Beason was a linebacker, strong safety and fullback at Chaminade-Madonna Prep. He earned All-American honors and was the 30th-ranked prospect in the state of Florida, according to Allen Wallace of Super Prep. He was rated the sixth-best linebacker in the country by Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report and was a member of the Orlando Sentinel's Florida Top 100 list. He also earned Fox Sports Net All-South third-team honors.

As a senior, Beason rushed for 811 yards and 12 touchdowns at fullback. He also was credited with 75 tackles and had five pass interceptions. He lettered in basketball, starting at small forward and helping lead his team to the finals of the state playoffs in 2002.

Beason enrolled at the University of Miami in 2003, choosing the school over Florida State, Florida, Tennessee, Louisiana State and Georgia. He only appeared in two games, gaining three yards on one rushing attempt before a shoulder injury would force the coaching staff to grant him a medical hardship.

In 2004, Beason shifted to defense. He saw reserve action as a middle and strong-side outside linebacker in 12 games, starting on the strong-side vs. Virginia, Wake Forest and Virginia Tech. He totaled 29 tackles (9 solos) with a sack and four stops for losses. He also competed on the special team coverage units.

The versatile athlete again shifted positions in 2005, taking over weak-side outside linebacker duties and starting 10 of 12 games. He produced 66 tackles (44 solos) with six stops behind the line of scrimmage and also collected four quarterback pressures.

Before the 2006 season, Beason joined the Miami track-and-field team. He competed on the indoor squad during the spring, finishing 18th at the ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships with a season best mark of 6.50 meters in the long jump.

Back on the football field, Beason earned second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors from The NFL Draft Report. He played in 12 games, starting nine times. A slight tear of the medial collateral ligament in his knee vs. Florida International forced him to sit out the Duke game and compete for only a handful of plays vs. Georgia Tech. He still led the team with 76 tackles (51 solos), adding 1.5 sacks and eight stops for losses. He played in the season finale vs. Boston College with a soft cast to protect a left thumb injury suffered the week before vs. Virginia.

In 38 games at Miami, Beason started 22 times. He collected 171 tackles (104 solos) with 2.5 sacks for minus-14 yards and 18 stops for losses totaling 45 yards. He posted four quarterback pressures, returned one interception 4 yards and deflected two passes. He caused and recovered a fumble and had one rushing attempt for a 3-yard gain.

Analysis

Positives: An undersized weak-side linebacker, but has experience in the middle and is built more in the lines of that type of player -- stout, strong, with an athletic physique, very good straight-line closing speed, good lateral agility to work down the line and the strong legs to hold position firmly vs. the inside run … Football-smart athlete who gets his teammates lined up and shows good awareness to plays in front of him … Runs sideline to sideline and has a knack for locating the ball, showing good read and react skills … Does a nice job of pushing the tight end back at the line of scrimmage, using his hands properly to gain leverage and reroute … Uses his hands well to ward off smaller blockers and can't be tied up for long in one-on-one confrontations … Not afraid to engage the larger offensive linemen, displaying the hand quickness to shed, and works hard to hold his ground at the point of attack … Can run the field and hit, showing a smooth stride in his outside pursuit and sudden acceleration when closing … Doesn't have the size to play off blockers by the offensive linemen, but knows how to use his quickness and crisp spin and swim moves to avoid … Scrapes to the ball well, and when working in space he uses his hands well to keep separation … Shows the speed and effort to run long distances to make plays along the perimeter … Has fluid hips, getting a proper drop in pass coverage, but needs to do a better job of locating the ball in a crowd (height issues occur when the bigger receivers shield the ball) … Takes proper angles and gets good depth playing in the zone, as he is best when allowed to freelance and flow to the ball rather than step up and engage blocks at the line of scrimmage … Can shock a lethargic blocker by delivering a jolting hand punch and has good lower body flexibility flashing into the backfield off the edge … .Has an adequate feel on the blitz and is difficult to block when he sinks his pads, changes direction and shoots the clear gaps.

Negatives: Lack of size is a concern, but he plays stronger than his frame indicates … Will need to add more bulk to play on the outside at the next level, but his frame is at maximum growth potential … Scrapes to the ball well, but looks lost trying to stay on the hip of the receiver on longer routes, as he peeks into the backfield too long and doesn't have that second gear needed to recover (better speed moving laterally or straight ahead rather than moving backwards) … His lack of size also comes into play when trying to locate the ball in trash … Can be stacked at the line of scrimmage by the larger blockers due to the size difference … Needs to develop better rip moves as blockers generally lock on to his initial attempt … Good wrap-up tackler, but needs to go a little low in order to properly secure the opponent (not a hammer-type of tackler) … His frame may be better served at inside linebacker, but he will need time to develop because he has only limited reps at that position … Does not show natural hands for the interception and needs to time his leaps better competing for the ball at its high point.

Compares To … MIKE PETERSON-Jacksonville … Like Peterson, Beason has a good flow to the ball. He realizes that his size issues mean that he needs to avoid blockers rather than engaging them working in-line, but he has enough functional strength to make it difficult to contain him in one-on-one confrontations. Beason, like Peterson, might be better suited to play inside in a Cover-2 defense, so he will not be exposed or gobbled up by the bigger blockers. With his ability to flow from sideline-to-sideline, he will be better served playing in a scheme that will let him make plays in space rather than step up and try to fill.

Career Notes

Was the Hurricanes' only starter on defense to also compete in another sport during the 2006 season … Beason performed on the indoor track team in the spring, finishing 18th at the ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships with a season-best mark of 6.50 meters in the long jump.

2006 Season

All-Atlantic Coast Conference second-team selection by The NFL Draft Report … Played in twelve games, starting nine contests at weak-side outside linebacker … Voted defensive team captain … Sat out the Duke game and saw limited action the following week vs. Georgia Tech after suffering a slight ligament tear (medial collateral ligament) in his right knee (injury was first thought to be to the anterior cruciate ligament) … Wore a cast on his left hand to protect a sprained left thumb suffered vs. Virginia … Still managed to lead the team with a career-high 76 tackles (51 solos), with 1.5 sacks for minus 8 yards and eight stops for losses totaling 20 yards … Caused and recovered a fumble … Also had a 4-yard interception return and six quarterback pressures … 51 of his plays came vs. the run … Made 14 stops in third-down action (nine vs. the run, five vs. the pass) … Registered eight tackles of opposing ball carriers for no gain … Added seven tackles on the punt coverage unit.

2006 Game Analysis

Florida State … In 53 plays, Beason totaled nine tackles (5 solos) with 2.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage, two pressures and had two tackles on the punt coverage unit … He leveled Antone Smith for a 1-yard loss on a late first quarter rushing attempt … Tailback Lorenzo Booker almost fumbled the ball after Beason dropped him behind the line of scrimmage for a 2-yard loss on a third-&-15 run four minutes into the second quarter, forcing the Seminoles to punt … Bumped into QB Drew Weatherford, causing a fumble that Weatherford quickly recovered on a 3-yard run during the first drive of the second half.

Florida A&M … Only had two solo tackles, but one stopped Anthony Edwards for no gain on a third-&-1 run late in the first quarter.

Louisville … Posted seven tackles (6 solos), including one that stopped Kolby Smith for a 2-yard loss on a third-&-9 run late in the third quarter, forcing the Cardinals to punt … Also took down George Stripling for no gain on a run over right guard with 6:30 left in the game.

Houston … Credited with just two tackles, but one stopped Roshawn Pope for no gain on a rushing attempt midway through the third quarter.

North Carolina … Added three assisted tackles with two stops on special teams … Had his first career interception, returning the ball 4 yards to the Miami 44, setting uop a scoring drive that was capped by a 1-yard touchdown run by Charlie Jones with 0:08 left in the first half.

Florida International … Collected eight tackles (6 solos), including one stop on the punt coverage unit, as he assisted on a hit behind the line of scrimmage … Took down Josh Padrick for no gain on a third-&-1 run midway through the first quarter … Leveled Julian Reams for a 1-yard loss on a second-&-5 run with 1:56 left in the first quarter … Caused a fumble when he stripped the ball from Reams at the FIU 46, but Florida International recovered the ball at the start of the third quarter … After a brawl broke out that delayed the game 24 minutes, Beason tackled Reams for no gain on the first play after play resumed at the start of the fourth quarter … On the next drive, Beason leveled Reams on a third-&-3 run that netted no yardage … After the game, it was discovered that Beason played the second half with a slight tear to the MCL in his right knee.

Duke … Did not play (knee).

Georgia Tech … Came off the bench, making one solo tackle in limited action, but was penalized for an illegal substitution the first time he entered the contest.

Virginia Tech … Beason made all seven of his tackles (5 solos) vs. the run, including one that stopped tailback Brandon Ore for just a 2-yard gain on a first-&-goal run with 3:33 left to play.

Maryland … Credited with four tackles (3 solos).

Virginia … Followed with a career-high 125 tackles (11 solos), including an assisted sack and 1.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage … Stopped tailback Jason Snelling for a 1-yard loss on a second-&-4 run and two plays later, Beason took down Snelling for no gain on a screen pass three minutes into the game … Sacked QB Jameel Sewell for a 4-yard loss on a third-&-7 play, forcing the Cavaliers to try a 44-yard field goal that was wide right with ten minutes left in the third quarter … Sniffed out a third-&-6 screen pass, tackling Jonathan Stuper for no gain, forcing Virginia to punt at the start of the fourth quarter.

Boston College … Followed with eight tackles (5 solos), including one hit on the punt coverage unit … Had a 6-yard sack, 2.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage and a fumble recovery … On the game's first play from scrimmage, Beason tackled tailback L.V. Whitworth for a 3-yard loss … Early in the second quarter, Beason stripped the ball from QB Matt Ryan, as the linebacker recovered it at the BC 29 … Sacked Ryan for a 6-yard loss on a third-&-8 play early in the third quarter … Later in that frame, Beason took down Whitworth for a 1-yard loss on a run over right tackle.

Nevada (MPC Computers Bowl) … Closed out his career with ten tackles (7 solos), stopping a potential touchdown on a third-&-goal play, where Adam Bishop gained 7 yards on a screen pass before Beason took him down at the Miami 14. Nevada would then settle for a 31-yard field goal that tied the game, 14-14, early in the second half.

2005 Season

Played in all twelve games at weak-side outside linebacker, starting ten contests … Made 66 tackles (44 solos) with six tackles for losses totaling 11 yards … Deflected one pass and registered four quarterback pressures … Added eleven tackles (8 solos) on the special teams coverage units.

2005 Game Analysis

Florida State … Opened the season with eight tackles (5 solos) and two stops behind the line of scrimmage … Teamed with defensive end Bryan Pata to stop tailback Lorenzo Booker for a 2-yard loss on a late first quarter run … Stopped Leon Washington for no gain on a second quarter rushing attempt, assisted in taking Washington down for a 1-yard loss on a third-&-goal run in the third quarter and tackled Washington for minus 3 yards on a fourth quarter carry.

Clemson and Colorado … Totaled four tackles in each of the team's next two games.

Duke … Deflected two passes and posted two assisted tackles … Also registered a pair of pressures.

Temple … Added three hits, including one that stopped tailback Umar Ferguson for a 1-yard loss on a rushing attempt early in the fourth quarter.

Wake Forest … Collected a season-high 12 tackles (6 solos) and 1.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage … Took down tailback Cris Barclay for a 1-yard loss on the game's opening drive.

Virginia … Recorded four solo tackles and leveled fullback Jason Snelling for a 1-yard loss on a late first quarter carry.

Louisiana State (Peach Bowl) … Finished the season with eight tackles (6 solos) and two stops for losses of 4 yards … Stopped tailback Joseph Addai for a 3-yard loss on a rushing attempt at the start of the second quarter … Took down Addai again for a 1-yard loss with 3:22 left in the first half.

2004 Season

Played in all twelve games, starting vs. Virginia, Wake Forest and Virginia Tech at strong-side outside linebacker … Was used as a reserve middle linebacker earlier in the season … Recorded 29 tackles (9 solos), a 6-yard sack and four stops for losses of 14 yards … Also deflected one pass.

2004 Game Analysis

In the season opener vs. Florida State, Jon played on special teams and made one solo tackle … The next week vs. Louisiana Tech, he did not start but played extensively at middle linebacker in place of an injured Leon Williams, making seven tackles … In a game at Houston, he posted five tackles, including two for loss … Saw limited action the next four games (Georgia Tech, Louisville, North Carolina State and North Carolina) … Did not start in a nickel defense vs. Clemson but played as primary strong-side linebacker, posting one tackle … Made his first collegiate start at Virginia and recorded a then-career-high nine tackles, two tackles for loss, one sack and one pass break-up … Started vs. Wake Forest, but did not make any tackles … Started at strong-side linebacker vs. Virginia Tech and delivered one tackle … In the Peach Bowl vs. Florida, Beason played as a reserve, making one assist.

2003 Season

Played two games at fullback (Louisiana Tech and Florida) before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury … Carried one time for three yards … Received a medical redshirt after the season.

Injury Report

2003: Granted a medical redshirt after playing in two games after suffering a shoulder separation vs. Florida.

2006: Suffered a right knee medial collateral ligament slight tear vs. Florida International (10/14), missing the next game vs. Duke and saw just two plays of action in the Georgia Tech game (10/28) … Sprain his left thumb vs. Virginia (11/18) and was forced to wear a cast the following week vs. Boston College (11/23) to protect his hand.

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.63 seconds in the 40-yard dash.

High School

Attended Chaminade-Madonna (Miramar, Fla.) Prep, playing football for head coach Mark Guandola … Competed as a linebacker, strong safety and fullback … Earned All-American honors and was the 30th-ranked prospect in the state of Florida, according to Allen Wallace of Super Prep … Rated the sixth best linebacker in the country by Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report and was a member of the Orlando Sentinel's Florida Top 100 list … Also earned Fox Sports Net All-South third-team honors … As a senior, Beason rushed for 811 yards and 12 touchdowns at fullback … Also credited with 75 tackles and had five pass interceptions … Lettered in basketball, starting at small forward, helping lead his team to the finals of the state playoffs in 2002.

Personal

Business Management major … Son of Teraceda Beason … Born 1/14/85 … Resides in Miramar, Florida.