40 time: 4.77
Overview: Despite being local to the Cincinnati area, Beavers went to UConn for his first two seasons of college. After only starting six games in those two years, he transferred home to play for the Bearcats. He earned all-conference honors twice between 2020 and 2021, while going from 235 pounds up to 255. His play took a major step forward in his senior year, and his combination of size, strength and awareness will be enticing for teams.
Strengths: Phenomenal frame is eye-catching for scouts. A "first off the bus" type of player. Good lateral mover who can slip off blocks and keep his chest clean. Competent blitzer who uses his size and strength effectively. Maintains his focus on runners when working through blocks. High-motor player who will race his way to gang tackles. Takes on contact well and maintains his balance against blockers. Smart info processor who is quick to read and react.
Weaknesses: Lacks ideal short-area quickness and initial burst. Will struggle to run down faster backs in the open field. Unable to make sharp changes of direction in pursuit. Athleticism limitations will hurt him in coverage. Likely an outside linebacker only at the next level.
Pro Comp: Josh Forrest, Free Agent -- Although Forrest's career was derailed by injuries, he was able to provide value in his two years on a roster. Beavers is a better athlete and processes information more effectively, but he will likely begin his career in a similar role as a special teams contributor with rotational opportunities. In time, he could become a starting strongside linebacker.