Detroit Lions Draft: An Offensive Lineman for Every Round
By Jeff Risdon
Sixth Round: Willie Beavers, tackle, Western Michigan
The hefty Broncos tackle is a bit of a project. He doesn’t move all that well in the run game and his hand placement can be wide, which leads to both holds and a loss of leverage.
Still, Beavers has proven he is worth a shot. Go back to Western Michigan’s game against Michigan State and Shilique Calhoun, a game I watched from the press box with several NFL scouts. Beavers shut down Calhoun without help.
The Detroit native received a Senior Bowl invite, a chance to prove his skills against a higher level of competition than he saw in the weekly #MACtion. I’m not sold he will ever be more than a backup tackle in the NFL, but the sixth and seventh rounds are about finding a little luck. There are some impressive physical traits to work with in Beavers.
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