Darrian Beavers

Darrian Beavers

Measurements
  • Height
    6040
  • Hand
    9 5/8
  • VJ
    36.5
  • Weight
    252lbs
  • Arm
    32 5/8
  • Speed
    4.67
LB Combine Averages
  • Height
    6011
  • Hand
    9 1/2
  • VJ
    34
  • Weight
    238lbs
  • Arm
    32
  • Speed
    4.69
Sales Pinckney - Scout
Darrian Beavers
  • Overall Rank
    95
  • Position Rank
    9
  • Position
    LB
  • Team
    CINCINNATI

Stats

Year Games Played Tackles TFL Pressure% Yds/Cov Snap
2018 (UCONN) 12 23 4.5 6.6% 1.77
2019 14 36 1.5 16.7% 0.74
2020 10 58 7.5 15.3% 0.61
2021 14 99 12 16.7% 0.62

Build

Does he have prototype size? What is body type? What is growth potential?

Darrian Beavers has outstanding overall size and above the line length for the linebacker position. He has a high cut frame with long legs and a muscular upper body that leaves little room to add on up top. Has no prior injury concerns

  • Size
    8
  • Length
    7
  • Frame/Durability
    7
Grade 7.3

Mental

Is he instinctual? Does he play with urgency?

Showcases adequate motor in pursuit from their backside. Is not afraid of contact and plays with above the line toughness when taking on blockers in the hole and attacking ball carriers. He flashes the ability to recognize plays from the snap and shoot through the hole with speed, but would benefit from more consistency in this area. Can be seen communicating with teammates both before and after the snap.

  • Toughness
    7
  • Instincts
    6
  • Effort/Motor
    6
Grade 6.3

Athleticism

Does he have the athletic traits you want?

Can be a step slow off the snap from both the off-ball and edge alignments, but flashes quick twitch and processing on an inconsistent basis. Possesses adequate speed when scraping over the top to the edge and pursuing the ball carrier. Showcases adequate body control and maintains his balance, but his longer legs hinder his overall flexibility below the hips and ability to change direction swiftly. Exhibits above the line play strength when combatting lineman and blocking backs at the point of attack.

  • Explosiveness
    5
  • Speed
    6
  • Body Control
    6
  • Flexibility/Bend
    5
  • Change of Direction
    5
  • Play Strength
    7
Grade 5.7

Technical

Does he have a refined skill set? Is he a projection or is his game developed enough to contribute early?

Possesses average closing speed once he identifies the ball, and executes form tackles with wrap and drive through his hips upon contact. Flashes above the line block shedding ability and hand use in the run game, but requires fine tuning and consistency. Prone to taking bad angles in pursuit of the ball, and does not have the requisite long speed to make up for it. In coverage he keeps his eyes active while getting good depth in his zone drops, and closes to the receiver quickly once he has planted his foot to pivot. His average change of direction ability can be taken advantage of in man coverage against quicker opponents, but he has the size and physicality to match up with bulkier tight ends in man coverage. As a blitzer he flashes pressure production, but his merely average first step puts him at a disadvantage and he lacks a backup plan if his initial move is handled by opponents. His primary move is a club and rip through combo, and he also flashes a push/pull combo if he can get his hands inside early.

  • Hip Explosiveness
    6
  • Closing Speed
    5
  • Block Shed
    6
  • Pursuit Angles
    5
  • Physicality
    7
  • Cover Ability
    4
  • Productivity
    6
  • Leadership
    6
Grade 5.6

Grading Scale

  • 10
    Rare
  • 9
    Elite
  • 8
    Outstanding
  • 7
    Above the Line
  • 6
    Adequate
  • 5
    Average
  • 4
    Limited
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Deficient
  • 1
    Reject

Summary

What role does he play? What is his initial projection?
Darrian Beavers began his career at UConn where he appeared in 24 games with 6 starts. Transferred to Cincinnati in the spring of 2019 where he appeared in 38 games, starting 34 of them over his three seasons. Earned 2nd Team All-AAC in 2020, and followed with a 1st Team selection in 2021 along with being named a Butkus Award finalist. Projects as a versatile backup backer in a 3-4 scheme, where he can be further used on both the inside and outside depending on the team's needs. He will initially be a two-down run stopping player that gets removed in favor of coverage or pass rush specialists, but improving his consistency as a pass rusher will increase his ability to contribute at the next level by virtue of his positional versatility. He has the speed and toughness to be a core special teams contributor while he works on developing his technique.

Film Watched

  • iconBest Game
  • v Alabama
  • Dec - 31 - 2021
  • Showcased processing and closing speed, along with solid zone coverage
  • iconWorst Game
  • v SMU
  • Nov - 20 - 2021
  • Looked lost at times in coverage and took poor angles to the ball
Best Trait
Physicality/Toughness
Pro Comparison
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