With the 235th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots have selected linebacker Steve Beauharnais out of Rutgers.
Yes, you read this correctly—yet another Rutgers player.
Beauharnais recorded a 4.84 in the 40-yard-dash while posting a 33-inch vertical jump, 9’10″ broad jump, 4.20 shuttle time and a 6.99 cone time.
At the 2013 Rutgers Pro Day, Beauharnais measured in at 6’1″ and 234 pounds and ran a solid 4.67 and 4.71 in the 40 while recording a 36-inch vertical.
All in all, Beauharnais is a durable and reliable linebacker—so basically he’s not going to “wow” anyone, he’s just going to get the job done. He’s very athletic for a linebacker but is lacking strength—he comes across as being lanky. The biggest knock on Beauharnais is that he needs to improve his technique when engaging with opposing blockers as well as his tackling technique—which is average, at best.
For his size, Beauharnais showed some ability blitzing -six hurries in 2012 – and might be a decent option inside on passing downs. I think he’ll have some competition for making the roster, but could be a practice squad candidate. With Tracy White not on the roster currently, that could be a role that he is envisioned for.
Beauharnais totaled 82 tackles in 2012, adding one sack, one interception and one pass deflection.