In this series, he produces his all-Senior Bowl mock Packers draft. Opinions are based on his observations and conversations with Scout.com draft analyst Chris Steuber and league scouts who were in Mobile.
Fifth round: Zane Beadles
For a team that scored more points than any in the 90-year history of the franchise, the Packers have one as-plain-as-the-nose-on-your face need: offensive linemen.
For the Packers, they covet versatility. They covet intelligence. They covet athleticism. They covet character.
They might covet Beadles.
Versatility? The four-year starter opened his career at left guard before replacing All-Pro Jordan Gross at left tackle beginning his sophomore season.
Intelligence? The mechanical engineering major and second-team academic all-America boasted a 3.535 grade point average. His senior project was designing a wheelchair lift that safely transports handicapped people using no electric grid power and is affordable for low-income families. It will be primarily designed for use by people in New Orleans who reside in flood areas. If football doesn't work out, defense weapons, robotics or joining the FBI as an engineering expert are all possible career paths.
Athleticism? That he played left tackle for a top-tier college program speaks volumes. His father played college baseball and his mom college basketball.
Character? He got his degree in December and elected to stay in school for his redshirt senior season, even though he received an early-round grade from the NFL advisory panel last year.
Oh, and he can play football. A two-time all-Mountain West first-team selection, Beadles was voted onto several all-American teams following this season. While he played left tackle for the Utes, he struggled with athletic pass rushers during Senior Bowl practices. Because he's a little limited athletically and has short arms (32 1/4 inches compared to 35 for Mike Iupati and 34 for Vladimir Ducasse, for instance), he'll probably move back to guard, though right tackle and even center are possibilities, too.
"Beadles has been a durable, reliable performer who offers versatility to a team at the next level," Steuber said. "He started his career at left guard and was moved to left tackle prior to his sophomore year. While he can play right tackle in the NFL, he's best suited to play guard. Teams love his versatility and attitude."
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