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William Beatty OT 6'6 291 Connecticut

By: Robert Davis

Beatty started the first five games of his sophomore year until a broken foot ended his season. He was a mainstay at left tackle his final two seasons for the Huskies.

Strengths

Beatty may be the best athlete among all offensive lineman this year. He is a tremendous athlete and that gives him big time upside at left tackle. He easily mirrors defenders moves and is real fluid when changing directions. His mobility and ability in pass protection is arguably tops among all tackles. Beatty also uses his athleticism to help in the running game by getting out and picking up defenders down the field.

Weaknesses

Bulk is a pressing concern with Beatty. He is extremely thin, and barely topped the 290 pound mark at the Senior Bowl. He can be overmatched with stronger lineman and must bulk up and get stronger to live up to his potential. At this point he only fits zone blocking schemes because he will have trouble run blocking in most offenses.

Future

The main issue separating William Beatty from someone like Jason Smith is the amount of weight on their frames. Beatty’s athleticism rivals anyone at the left tackle position this year, but he is way too light in the pants to carry a premium grade. His impressive week at the Senior Bowl moved him up into potential late first consideration but he will need to pack on more weight before he sees the field in the NFL. If Beatty can add 20lbs and maintain his agility, someone is going to have a pro bowl caliber tackle on their hands.


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