There seems to be some connection with Rutgers as this is getting odd. LB Steve Beauharnais is the 3rd Rutgers player to be drafted by the New England Patriots in the 2013 NFL Draft. He’s an inside linebacker and a solid one at that who will make his mark on special teams. He’s 6-1, 240 Ibs and racked up 77 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, five sacks, and 3 interceptions. He’s a very Solid, durable prospect who is lacking in physical tools, but he makes up for it with his ability to read and react to the offense. He won’t make many highlight-reel plays too often, but he will consistently put himself in the best position to impact the play.
He may have solid fundamentals, but his upside is very limited due to his physical talent. He lacks the type of elite athleticism that many teams covet in linebackers these days which is why he will be used in special teams. Due to his limited athleticism, he is a big time liability in coverage. His football intelligence and awareness on the field allows him to be serviceable in zone coverage but he will be exposed if asked to play man coverage against most tight ends in the NFL.
Beauharnais may lack in a lot of key areas, but being a leader is not one of those. Last season, he was THE leader on the Rutgers football team as his team relied on his leadership skills quite often. He may not be a fan favorite, but he’s a hard worker and is a solid option for special teams. I would have gone with another wide receiver, but this a solid selection for the 7th round.
A reminder is that the UDFA signing period is about to start very soon and expect the New England Patriots to be very active during that period.