6-3 263 lbs Senior
2007- 21 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble
2008- 61 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles
2009- 69 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 1 INT
Jeremy Beal could be the next great Oklahoma defensive player in the NFL. He is a extremely hard worker and can always be found in the film and weight rooms putting in the extra work. He has been manning the Oklahoma defense since his freshman season and has 27 total starts to date. He has played in many pressure situations and has always delivered. On the field Beal has a non-stop motor and doesn’t stop until the whistle blows. He combines his exceptional intangibles with excellent athletic ability. Beal’s top attribute is his speed and using that to rush the passer. In three season he has totaled 20.5 sacks with nearly 40 tackles for loss. Those numbers show that he can get into the opponents backfield with ease. Beal is going to be looking at making a switch from defensive end to linebacker when moves on to the NFL. He has the athleticism and work ethic to make that transition. His best fit at the next level will be at the 3-4 rush linebacker position.
The biggest concern for Beal will be how he adjusts to the position change. He doesn’t have the necessary size and strength to play defensive end in the NFL. Even with making the transition to linebacker NFL scouts will worry about his ability to hold up against the run. He needs to get stronger at the point of attack because he can sometimes get washed out by bigger offensive linemen. He has also missed a few tackles when he finds himself in open space.
Beal is a tough and smart player that has a ton of experience. He works so hard that I find it impossible that he wouldn’t excel in the NFL. He has all the skills needed to be an impact outside linebacker in the 3-4 defensive scheme.
The NFL is big on end rushers and that’s what Beal brings to the table. I think that and his high character could land him in the 1st round.