No. 247: DE Jeremy Beal, Oklahoma

Jeremy Beal

BEAL: ... productive in college, but saw stock drop.

Height: 6-02
Weight: 262 pounds
School: Oklahoma
40 Time: 5.16 seconds (Combine)
Bench Press Reps: 22 (Combine)

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Several months ago, it seemed inconceivable that Jeremy Beal would have to wait any longer than the second day to be selected.

He sat on the board until 246 picks had passed.

“It was a long day,” he said.

But after a productive college career, Beal was doomed by some struggles during Senior Bowl week and a Combine workout that saw him run the 40-yard dash in 5.16 seconds — more like what you’d expect from an interior offensive lineman than an edge rusher whose size indicates a fit as a 3-4 outside linebacker or a pass-rush specialist end in the 4-3.

“It was very interesting because Beal had very good grades in the fall, and he was a productive guy,” Broncos general manager Brian Xanders added after the draft ended. “This guy’s production was the same as (first-round pick) Ryan Kerrigan’s.”

The numbers were quite similar:

CAREER SACKS: Beal 29, Kerrigan 33.5
CAREER PRESSURES: Beal 42, Kerrigan 30
CAREER TACKLES FOR LOSSES: Beal 56.5, Kerrigan 57.0
2010 SACKS: Beal 8.5, Kerrigan 12.5
2010 PRESSURES: Beal 15, Kerrigan 9
2010 TACKLES FOR LOSSES: Beal 17.0, Kerrigan 26.0

Numbers aren’t everything, but they were enough to earn Beal a shot.

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About Andrew Mason

Andrew Mason has covered the NFL since 1999, when he worked as an editor on NFL.com when the site was managed by ESPN.com. He worked six seasons (2002-07) covering the Broncos on their official website and two (2008-09) on the Panthers' site. He began MaxDenver.com in 2010 and now contributes to CBSSports.com, The Sporting News and The New York Times.

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