03-08-2008, 09:23 AM
In the Starting Line-up
Join Date: Mar 2006
Pats show interest in Div III RB...
...Justin Beaver, Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Obviously small school...and some here will say BB doesn't go small. Fact is -- Pats are scouting him. If he shows up as a 7th-rounder or undrafted -- we now know who he is.
Whitewater back dazzles at pro day
Ever since I was a little kid I dreamed about playing in the NFL." That dream, admittedly still a long shot, grew surprisingly closer to reality Wednesday when the gifted tailback fashioned an impressive workout for NFL scouts who attended the University of Wisconsin's pro timing day at the McClain Center.
Beaver, who last fall was named the Division III player of the year and led Whitewater to its first national title, was among a handful of Division III players who tested for the scouts after UW's players finished.
The Palmyra native put together the best all-around performance of all the players and spoke at length with scouts from the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots.
Officials from both teams told Beaver they expected delivery of any pertinent film sometime today, a message Beaver relayed to one of his agents.
Beaver was measured at 5-foot-8 and 192 pounds.
His best time in the 40-yard dash was 4.41 seconds. That would have put him among the top 10 running backs who performed at the NFL Scouting Combine last month in Indianapolis.
His time in the 20-yard shuttle was 3.96 seconds, better than any of the backs at the combine.
His time in the three-cone drill was 6.72 seconds, which would have put him in the top 10 among the backs at the combine.
Also, he bench-pressed 225 pounds 24 times. That would have been the 10th -best effort among the backs at the combine.
Beaver rushed 444 times for 2,455 yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior and finished with 6,584 yards and 44 touchdowns.
The Patriots and Colts appear intrigued by Beaver's speed and quickness and his ability to make plays in the open field.
Here are his Pro Day numbers courtesy of nfldraftscout.com:
HT/WT 5081 196
BJ 9' 8"
20 SHUTTLE 3.96
"What we want to try to do is maximize each spot on the roster; we want to be stronger at No. 1 than the opponent, stronger at No. 25 than they are, and stronger at No. 53 than they are, we're always looking to upgrade the talent level on the team, and play together to be functional."
- Bill Belichick -