Drew Boylhart   2/09

William Beatty   OT   Connecticut           

 

STRENGTHS

William has excellent size and athleticism to play his position.  He has those long arms and looks to be in very good shape.   He will have great workout numbers and might surprise some people.  William improved his play from one year to the next and there is something to be said about that.  He has strong lateral agility and can mirror a DE when pass blocking.

 

NEEDS TO IMPROVE

William is not close to being strong enough in his upper body and has lazy feet.  He is excellent at tackling a DE who beats him, but to tell you the truth, I'm not sure a LT is supposed to be tackling his opponents!!!  With Williams athletic talent, he should be considered a top ten talent in this draft, but he is not.  He lacks character and mental stamina.  I think that says it all.  

  

TALENT BOARD ROUND 4

I might look at William as a LG, but not as a LT.  With his athletic talent, that should be a insult to him.  I also might look to switch him to the other side of the ball because his choke-hold tackling techniques might be more useful and cause less penalties.  Personally, I find it hard to draft players who have the talent to play a position at a high level, but do not work hard enough to accomplish that.  But that's just me.  I don't look at film of a player and make excuses (because the kid has excellent talent) when he is playing poorly play after play after play.  I would not be the type of coach who would give a kid playing time if he made mistake after mistake unless I could see that he is learning from his mistakes.  But that's just me -- expecting people to work up to their potential even if they don't like the job.  If you don't like playing football, then say so and move on.  Don't just stick around for a paycheck.  Have some freaking pride.  I don't know of any off field character issues about this kid so I would draft him maybe later in the draft.  But I feel there has to be something lurking for this kid not to be better than he is right now.