The New England Patriots selected two Rutgers Scarlet Knights defensive backs in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft in cornerback Logan Ryan and safety Duron Harmon, and the Patriots decided to continue with the Rutgers pipeline by adding linebacker Steve Beauharnais with the 235th overall pick. Beauharnais is best as a middle linebacker, but he can also play at outside linebacker.
There isn’t much out there on Beauharnais, but he did run a 4.84 forty at the 2013 NFL Combine and made an impact as a blitzing MLB for Rutgers last season. The second best LB on the team, Beauharnais is athletic and was a solid player for Rutgers. You can criticize Bill Belichick all you want for the Harmon pick, but I don’t see any issues with taking this Rutgers player. Beauharnais doesn’t have a “wow” factor, but what seventh-rounder does? He is a reliable, “do your job” kind of player who should be able to make the practice squad, there is nothing wrong with taking a guy you like in the seventh round. Because, well, it’s the seventh round.
Beauharnais has a shot at replacing current free agent LB Tracy White on the roster as a core special teamer, so we’ll keep an eye on what goes down with those two. Last season, the Rutgers LB recorded 82 tackles and showed off good versatility. Like his teammates, Beauharnais is an intelligent player and a leader, and those are the traits that Belichick loves getting out of his Rutgers players.
Looking from a strict value perspective, I think Beauharnais was a pretty good pick for the Pats. He gives the team some versatility, and I would like to pull a quote from ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss on Beauharnais, “But in truth, Beauharnais was expected to be picked in the middle rounds and thus, in the eyes of some, represents a solid value in the seventh. He’s considered smart, physical and versatile.”
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