The Chargers were one of many teams looking to steal some time from Beatty, whose athleticism and quick feet have created quite a buzz amongst scouts. The whole process turned into quite an ordeal for the soft-spoken big man.
"Normally, I don't have a bunch of people looking at me unless I make a bad block or something goes wrong," Beatty said. "I'm taking it in now as best as I can. I'm enjoying myself. … I know after you make it, they're going to forget about you again."
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Where Beatty really stands out is in pass protection. He has outstanding lateral agility and can mirror even the most explosive of defensive ends. He is a student of the game who knows what defenders and trying to do and how to take it away from them.
"I bring my speed, my athletic ability and my agility. I will be stronger when I get to the NFL, so I'll bring some strength with me also. I think I'll bring a pretty nice package."
Beatty's strength is a concern for the Chargers, who are desperate for a way to jump-start their running game. Beatty can struggle to unseat bigger defensive linemen, a flaw that will only be magnified on the pro level.
For his part, Beatty is doing everything in his power to make sure a lack of strength does not prevent him from becoming a Charger.
"Strength is something that -- you could say it's natural -- but you've got to work at it. If you're not on the bench, if you're not on the squats, if you're not power lifting, you're not going to be able to put up the numbers," he said.
The numbers the Chargers are looking at are on the contracts of their in-house tackles. In addition to Clary, who clearly struggled down the stretch, the Chargers have to worry about Marcus McNeill and L.J. Shelton, both of whom are entering the final year of the contracts.
The Chargers have made trades during each of the last two drafts to target particular players. In 2007, the team moved up to select Eric Weddle. In 2008, the Chargers moved up again to tab Jacob Hester. In 2009, Beatty just might be in the crosshairs.
Michael Lombardo is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and a long-time contributor to the Scout.com network. His analysis has been published by the NFL Network, Fox Sports and MySpace Sports. He has followed the Chargers for more than 15 years and covered the team since 2003.