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2011 NFL Draft: Denver Broncos Select DE Jeremy Beal

The Denver Broncos received a Compensatory pick as a gift by the league and they used it on Jeremy Beal with the 247th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. The 6'2", 262 lb. Defensive End out of Oklahoma isn't the fastest player (5.14 in the 40), but he has terrific lateral agility, which may project him to a Linebacker spot. Still, even though he won't win any speed contests, Jeremy brings a steady and productive game. Just look at his numbers.

Beal was considered one of the top defensive end prospects in this years NFL Draft. A 3-year starter for the Sooners, Jeremy earned 2010 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year honors while finishing 2nd in OU history with 29 career Sacks, and 2nd in school history with 56.5 tackles for loss. He also caused 10 Fumbles and broke up 14 passes in his career, intercepting one.

It all starts with watching film," he said at the combine. "You have to know when they’re going to throw the ball short or make a quick pass. If a team does that a lot, you’re not going to get to the quarterback, so you have to get your hands up and get the pass."

Jeremy was a 1st-Team All-Big 12 selection in each of his 3 years as a starter and was the first player in Sooners history with at least 8.5 sacks in three different seasons. He is the first Sooner to accumulate more than 200 yards lost on sacks.

He is a solid tackler, stays low and gives full effort to grab ballcarriers. He has a tendency to cause turnovers with his hard hitting style and tries to strip the ball when the impact doesn't cause a fumble.

The final kicker is Beal's intangibles. He is well-liked by his teammates and is known for his good work ethic. Jeremy has good football instincts and intelligence as well. With this pick the Broncos get a player who brings an "attention to detail" reputation in the film room and also a durable player who lines up every week and gives full effort.

Go Broncos!