BIOGRAPHY: Three-year starter who posted 25 tackles and 3.5 tackles for loss last season when he also broke up four passes. All-Conference
selection as a junior.
POSITIVES: Beard showed signs of life during his junior season, yet he could not capitalize on it as a senior. He possesses the underlying
skills to play outside linebacker in a three-four alignment if he gets his game back on track.
NEGATIVES: Easily controlled at the point by a single blocker. Not much of a factor as a senior.
ANALYSIS: Fairly athletic college defensive end who would be best standing up over tackle in the NFL. Plays with good pad level, fluid
moving laterally, and collapses from the outside making plays in pursuit. Rarely off his feet, can drop off the line and play
in space. Immediately alters his angle of attack or nicely redirects to the action. Shows speed off the edge as a pass rusher,
and catches ball carriers in backside pursuit.