Saturday, February 07, 2009

Getting draft ready: A look at William Beatty

The Yahoo! mock draft we alerted you to recently has the Steelers choosing William Beatty, an offensive tackle out of Connecticut.

Now the Sporting News Today has a brief assessment of Mr. Beatty's skills. According to this assessment Mr. Beatty is 6'6" tall and weighs 291 pounds ~ rather light for NFL competition. The author's of the profile go on to say that he demonstrates good footwork and quickness but is "unable to physically dominate [a] defender to drive him out of [a] play."

With the draft combine less than two weeks away it will be interesting to see if Mr. Beatty has been able to bulk up at all since the end of the Huskies' season; but we must admit that the Sporting News assessment has left us somewhat underwhelmed by Mr. Beatty.

However, Scott Wright at NFL Draft Countdown has come out with his first two round mock draft, and while he has the Steelers selecting Max Unger (our preference) at #32, he projects Mr. Beatty as going to the Detroit Lions at the thirty-third spot. So, at least for now, Mr. Beatty appears to be a realistic option for Pittsburgh at the end of round one.

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