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William Beatty (OT)
Height: 6'6"
Weight: 307
College: Connecticut
Conference: AAC
Hometown: York, PA
High School: William Penn HS
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Selected by: New York Giants
Round: 2
Pick (Overall): 28 (60)
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Pick Analysis: The former Husky surprisingly falls to the Giants in the second round. Though the team doesn't have an immediate need at the position, Beatty gives the Giants a young, athletic offensive tackle prospect to develop for the future.
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Overview

The Huskies' anchor at the demanding left tackle position for the past two years, Beatty started four games at the position during his freshman campaign and took over those duties for the first five games in 2006 before a lower right leg fracture vs. South Florida sidelined him for the rest of the season.


His injury in 2006 underlined his importance to the offense. The Huskies averaged 205.8 yards rushing and 355.8 yards in total offense per game with the sophomore manning the left tackle position that year. With Beatty out of action, the team managed to average only 166.57 yards rushing and 301.14 yards in total offense.


At William Penn High School, Beatty earned first-team All-County gridiron honors on both offense and defense. The team captain competed as a defensive end, defensive tackle, offensive tackle and tight end during his career. He earned seven varsity letters, participating in football, basketball and track. The center on the school's basketball team, he was an Honor Roll student and member of the Future Leaders of America.


Beatty enrolled at Connecticut as a 265-pound offensive tackle in 2004, spending that season performing on the scout team. He appeared in eight of the team's 11 games in 2005, starting the Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh, South Florida and Louisville contests at left tackle. He collected 27 knockdown blocks and also recorded a solo tackle, taking down a defensive back after a Connecticut interception vs. Pittsburgh.


In 2006, Beatty opened the season with a flourish, registering 38 knockdowns and four touchdown-resulting blocks in the team's first five games. He also made a tackle after an interception in the Indiana game. However, his sophomore campaign came to an end when he suffered a lower right leg bone fracture vs. South Florida, undergoing surgery four days later that forced him to sit out the rest of the schedule.


As a junior, Beatty returned to the lineup at left tackle. He struggled vs. the pass rush, along with his fellow line mates, as the Huskies ranked 77th in the nation in quarterback sacks allowed (30, with Beatty accounting for 5.5). He produced 10 touchdown-resulting blocks while delivering 85 knockdowns.


Beatty's final campaign saw him emerge as one of the elite blockers in the East. The first-team All-Big East Conference choice and recipient of the team's Joseph M. Giannelli Unsung Hero Award, the Huskies left tackle helped the team lead the league and rank 13th in the nation in rushing, averaging 216.38 yards per game, with tailback Donald Brown capturing the major college rushing title. He was credited with 88 knockdowns and 13 touchdown-resulting blocks while allowing just two assisted sacks on 329 pass plays.


High School

Attended William Penn (York, Pa.) High School, earning first-team All-County gridiron honors on both offense and defense...The team captain competed as a defensive end, defensive tackle, offensive tackle and tight end during his career...Earned a combined seven varsity letters in football, basketball and track...The center on the school's basketball team, he was also an Honor Roll student and member of the Future Leaders of America.


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Analysis

Positives: Intriguing athleticism. Gets to the second level quickly. Good agility and straight-line speed to pull. Explosive initial pop. Flashes upper-body strength to lift and pancake defenders. Flashes an effective initial punch and has the body control to recoil and ease into his set. Good lateral quickness in pass protection. Good balance. Ascending talent despite starting four years. Characterized by UConn staff as having greatly matured in 2008. Could be just scratching the surface of his potential.


Negatives: Doesn't always sustain blocks long enough. Good straight-line speed, but loses his feet in the trash. Potential one-year wonder. Really stepped up his level of play as a senior, sparking some debate whether his level of play will diminish once he cashes his first NFL check. Had no postseason accolades over his first three seasons, but earned first-team All-Big East honors as a senior. Broken leg ended his sophomore season after only seven games.


Injury Report

2007: Missed the final seven games of the season after suffering a lower right leg bone fracture vs. South Florida (10/07), undergoing surgery on October 10th to repair.


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