Beauharnais would never begrudge teammate Khaseem Greene for his winning the Big East Co-Defensive Player of the Year award in 2011, but the fact he didn't earn all-conference accolades as a junior certainly fueled his fire. His 77 tackles were just over half the 141 put up by Greene, but he ranked among the conference's leaders in tackles for loss (16), had five sacks, and intercepted three passes -- all in big wins for the Scarlet Knights.
He only played one season at Montvale, New Jersey's St. Joseph's High School (where former Knights and current NFLers Devin and Jason McCourty also suited up), and thus received just one scholarship offer despite helping his team win a state title (99 tackles, 11.5 for loss). Beauharnais got onto the field as a true freshman in 2009, playing in every game and starting four at strong-side linebacker; his 36 tackles, seven for loss, and five sacks included a seven-tackle, two-sack performance in the St. Petersburg Bowl win over UCF. He started every game in the middle as a sophomore, racking up 79 tackles, six for loss, and 1.5 sacks. In his senior season, Beauharnais registered 82 tackles (six for loss), one sack, and one interception.
Solid, durable prospect with good strength in his upper and lower halves. Plays with good pad level and bend between the tackles, making him able to stone both running backs and approaching blockers in the hole. Also uses his hands to stay clean and tackle backs trying to get into the open field, has the strength can bring down ballcarriers with one arm. Athletic enough to angle into medium drops over the middle, potentially giving him a chance to play some strong side linebacker. Has proven capable of making an interception. Puts his hand down as a rush end at times, showing some quickness off the snap and the strength to work through blocks to the quarterback.
None of Beauharnais' physical attributes fall into the elite category. Average size allows linemen to wash him out of plays too easily at times. Doesn't have enough agility or quickness to stick with tight ends and backs in man coverage. Lacks the flexibility and pure speed to be a consistent pass rush threat off the edge or as a blitzer.
Beauharnais won't get the hype of teammate Khaseem Greene, but scouts he is a solid interior presence against the run, who can find ways of getting into the backfield. While Beauharnais didn't produce as well this year as he did as a senior, he could still find himself as a late round pick to a team needing a run stuffer.
Future Hall of Famer
A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.