Discussion in 'Draft Day Zone' started by Hostile, Apr 21, 2005.
Cowboys select...Justin Beriault
S | (6'2", 204, 4.56) | BALL STATE
Justin Beriault, Safety. Good pick.
Strengths: Is a hard-nosed, tough, aggressive and powerful SS type. Has a great frame to continue to add bulk. He decent range in zone coverage and adequate straight-line speed. Shows excellent instincts and diagnostic skills. Makes his reads quickly. Is aggressive but disciplined. Won't take a lot of false steps and takes good angles in pursuit. Has adequate ball skills in coverage. Is at his best, however, defending the run. He diagnoses the run quickly, takes solid angles, fills hard and plays with reckless abandon. He is a powerful tackler who also is solid in terms of his open-field tackling skills. Rarely misses a tackle he should make.
Weaknesses: Has adequate but not good speed. Has the frame to get bigger but needs to add the bulk and prove that he can play with the same quickness with extra mass. He is just a decent athlete. Is better coming forward than he is when forced to turn and run. Has adequate range in zone coverage for a SS, but lacks the catch up speed to make up for a mistake and doesn't show great closing burst when chasing down the ball in the air. Also has limitations in man-coverage because of somewhat stiff hips and lack of ideal top-end speed.
Overall: Beriault is a fifth-year senior that redshirted in 2000 and has been a fulltime starter since his redshirt freshman season in 2001. As a junior in 2003, he led the Cardinals in total tackles with 145, including six TFL, one INT and six PBU. He continued to be extremely productive as a senior in 2004, as he finished with 125 tackles, five TFL, one INT, one PBU and one fumble recovery. Beriault is a classic blue-collar strong safety prospect. He is lean but has the frame to get bigger. He has decent speed and lacks ideal athleticism, but he is as tough, instinctive and active as it gets. Beriault likely will never develop into a fulltime contributor on defense in the NFL but he has the potential to be an adequate reserve that can keep a roster spot by making a big contribution on special teams. After an impressive combine workout, Beriault's stock is on the rise and it wouldn't surprise us if he came off the board somewhere in the fifth-through-sixth round range of the upcoming draft.
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That's about as solid a pick as can be at this late stage of the draft. The guy is tall and fast. If nothing else, he's someone at a position of need. Who knows - maybe we'll hit on a late round gem?
Mel just said he thought this guy could have been a legit 3rd rounder. Wow! That's great. He added that Beriault had a game with 21 tackles - that's pretty amazing right there.
Great - 32nd ranked safety and his Bio has SS in it....
Its going to take a while to shake Lacewell out of the dept.
Well Kiper said it was a great pick and he could have gone in the 3rd round and not be a reach.
I recognize that Kiper is an idiot, but he just said he thought he could have been picked in the 3rd round and people wouldn't have thought it was a reach, so that sounds pretty good.
Justin Beriault, SS, Ball State
Height: 6:02.2 Weight: 199
Overview: A criminal justice major, Justin Beriault has been "policing" the secondary for the Cardinals ever since arriving on campus as a freshman. A model of consistency, Beriault started 45 of the 46 games he played in at Ball State. He is one of just a handful of players in the history of college football to register at least 100 tackles in each season played. Beriault earned three letters in football, three in basketball and one in baseball at Warren Central High (Indianapolis). The All-State and two-time The Indianapolis Star Marion County Player of the Year and two-time Warren Central Most Valuable Player had 102 tackles (91 solo), four interceptions and one fumble recovery as a senior. He tallied 242 tackles (213 solo), seven interceptions and four fumble recoveries in his career. He also had 21 catches for 468 yards with five touchdowns as a senior (35 catches for 710 yards and seven scores in his career). Beriault redshirted in 2000 at Ball State, then started every game in 2001. He led the team with 117 tackles (77 solo) that year, adding two stops for losses, three pass deflections and an interception. He earned a spot on the Football Writers Association and The Sporting News' Freshman All-American squads. In 2002, Beriault ranked second on the team with 121 tackles (55 solo), including six stops behind the line of scrimmage, an interception and two pass breakups. He outdid those figures as a junior, recording a career-high 145 tackles (71 solo) with six stops for losses, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, an interception and six pass deflections to earn All-Mid-American Conference first-team accolades in 2003. Beriault ranked 10th in the nation with 125 tackles (64 solo) in 2004, again picking up All-MAC first-team recognition. He added five stops behind the line of scrimmage, an interception and fumble recovery. The two-time winner of the team's Mark Hays Inspirational Award, Beriault closed out his career with 508 tackles (267 solo), 19 stops for losses of 63 yards, four interceptions for 24 yards in returns, twelve pass break-ups, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and a blocked field goal.
Analysis: Positives... Team leader who works hard in his offseason conditioning program. ... Has good hip flexibility and quick feet, showing the ability to change direction smoothly. ... Smart and instinctive player who reacts quickly and makes proper reads, especially in run support. ... Shows adequate vision in the passing game, doing a decent job of sniffing the ball out in front of him. ... Makes plays on the ball in the air and while not an explosive tackler, he is reliable to wrap and secure. ... Tough and aggressive in run support, squeezing through trash to quickly plug the rushing lanes. ... Stays low in his pads and drives hard with his legs to push the fullback back through the hole. ... Shows good field smarts in zone coverage, flowing quickly to the ball. ... Has good strength for his position, but could use additional bulk and power to compete effectively at the next level. ... His instincts and ability to break down plays allows him to take good angles in order to compensate for a lack of top-end speed.
Negatives... Little stiff in his hips and does not have the short area explosion to be relied too much in man coverage. ... Has good range, but needs to build up to top speed. ... Struggles to adjust to the ball with his back to it and is better making plays in front of him. ... Will not usually bit on a receiver's double moves, but if they get by him, he does not have the recovery speed to make the play. ... Effective with his hands to keep blockers off his body, but they are not natural enough to get good production on the interception. ... Not a quick-twitch type, but is reliable getting to the ball.
Agility tests: 4.59 in the 40-yard dash...Bench presses 225 pounds 11 times...38.5-inch vertical jump...4.15 20-yard shuttle...30 -inch arm length...8 1/8-inch hands...Right-handed... Wears contact lenses...22/29 Wonderlic score.
High school: Attended Warren Central High (Indianapolis), playing football for coach Dave Shelbourne. ... Earned three letters in football, three in basketball and one in baseball. ... 2000 Biomet Indiana North-South All-Star, 1999 Indiana Football Coaches Association-Reebok Top-50, 1998 IFCA Junior All-State, 1999 Associated Press All-State, 1999 The Indianapolis Star Super Team, 1999 & 2000 The Indianapolis Star Marion County Player of the Year. ... Two-time All-Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference, All-County and Warren Central Most Valuable Player. ... Recorded 112 tackles, four interceptions and one fumble recovery as a senior. ... Tallied 242 tackles, seven interceptions and four fumble recoveries during his career. ... Also had 21 catches for 468 yards with five touchdowns as a senior and 35 catches for 710 yards and seven scores during his career.
Personal: Criminal Justice major. ... Son of Greg Beriault and Teresa Clark. ... Born Arthur Justin Beriault on 8/23/81. ... Resides in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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Why another SS? Also Butler is still out there right? So we took a SS over Butler who FS?
I'm not at all familiar with the guy but there are many players who change positions from LB to DE or even Safety so a possible switch from SS to FS doesn't concern me with a pick at 208. At least they didn't draft another d-lineman.
I'm disappointed we didn't draft a WR. Key and Glenn are both around 33 and we WILL have to bring in new WR's soon. That will have to be a focus either through FA or at the 2006 draft.
I love this guy. In fact I think I like this pick better than Burnett at #42 in terms of value.
This guy is very durable, solid tackler, good enforcer to go along w/Williams and has great range. If he can improve his anticipation, which should come with reps, he could be this year's Jason Whitten.
Dallas has GOT to be hoping Brandon Browner goes undrafted. They could bring him in and I'd have to think he could make the team.
S, Ball State
War Room analysis
Beriault lacks ideal speed, bulk and agility for the NFL. He will struggle in coverage against the league's faster receivers and tight ends. He has trouble making smooth turns on the run and is much more effective when coming forward.
He is a decent zone defender but does not have a great closing burst. While he must bulk up to ensure that he can be an effective run stopper in the NFL, he performed exceptionally in that role at Ball State.
He has top-notch instincts and plays with controlled fury. A sound tackler, Beriault's toughness and college production should earn him a middle-to-late round selection.
Dan Pompei analysis
Is a downhill safety who plays with reckless abandon. Is active and tough. Has a nice build with long arms. Shows subpar ball skills. Is good enough in zone coverage, but is limited in man-to-man. Offers solid intangibles.
Height: 6-2 Weight: 204
40-yard dash: 4.44< as seen in the combine...
NFL comparison:Roodney Harrison, Patriots
Sounds like a project at safety and a ST player nonow. Not a bad pick here for someone with a chance to make the squad or more likey PS and could develop into a solid player in time.
From the Ball State Message Board:
The last difference with Hoke’s new defense is the position shifting of 2001 freshman All-American Justin Beriault (6-3, 198). Beriault is quick, has a good nose for the ball, and is just and outstanding football player. Hoke elaborated by saying “that Justin Beriault has had and outstand fall camp.” Hoke continued with saying that having a player like Beriault in the backfield opens up the defensive scheme possibilities. Beriault has been a great fit with the Cardinals. In just two seasons, he has tallied 238 total tackles, with 8 for a loss, and 2 picks. Beriault is also one of the fastest guys on the team. If you lose where the ball is on the field, just look for Beriault as he will be no to far away from the football.