By: Ian Logue
In 2010 the Patriots used three picks on three players from the University of Florida when they selected Aaron Hernandez, Brandon Spikes, and Jermaine Cunningham.
Steve Beauharnais became the third player selected out of Rutgers on Saturday. (FILE:USPresswire)
Three years later it seems as though they may have decided that Rutgers was where they’d grab their talent, grabbing cornerback Logan Ryan and safety Duran Harmon in the 3rd round on Friday, and finally linebacker Steve Beauharnais in the 7th round on Saturday.
Beauharnais seems to fit the mold that Bill Belichick tends to appreciate as he’s a guy who is a hard worker and a guy who was spotted frequently watching film after hours of an opposing team.
He’s worked hard despite being overshadowed by teammate Khaseem Greene, who was a guy who grabbed much of the spotlight during his tenure at the University. Greene went to the Bears in the fourth round, but Beauharnais seems to be a guy who is hungry and now has a chance to make a name for himself here in New England.
Interestingly enough Beauharnais was also a captain, which is a characteristic that Belichick appreciates. His work ethic was also something he tried to instill in his teamates as according to the Star Ledger he also set up private meetings during the offseason helping younger linebackers learn the defense.
“He had the unique ability to lead his peers. That’s a quality that’s rare in most people, especially young people,” his head coach Kyle Flood told the newspaper. “He was willing to hold everybody else to the same high standards that he held himself to, and that was at all times.”
According to the newspaper Beauharnais worked out for Belichick and his son Stephen a couple of weeks ago and it appears he liked him enough to select him on Saturday.
Needless to say he should be an interesting player to watch in the coming months.