The New York Giants will host Steve Beauharnais during a local Pro Day on Wednesday, according to reports.
The former Rutgers linebacker and Saddle Brook, N.J. product was an All-State player while at St. Joseph High School (Metuchen, N.J.), and has quickly climbed draft boards after a strong outing during the Scarlet Knights Pro Day in March.
Starting in all 13 contests during his senior campaign at Rutgers, Beauharnais notched the third-highest totals in tackles (83), and ranked among the Big East leaders in tackles for loss (16), sacks (5) and interceptions (3).
He was a semifinalist for the Butkus Award, given to the nation’s top linebacker.
Beauharnais earned a 60.3 grade from NFL.com, earning positive reviews for his strength, durability and as a defender in between the tackles. His weaknesses included average size, mediocre coverage skills and a lack of speed to rush the passer off the edge or as a blitzer.
Scouts compare Beauharnais to NFL backer Desmond Bishop and believe he may go under the radar as he sits in the shadow of teammate and fellow draft prospect Khaseem Greene.
New York is looking to revamp its linebacking corps following the departure of Chase Blackburn and Michael Boley. The team signed former Cowboy Dan Connor to compete with incumbent Mark Herzlich for the middle linebacker job, though depth is obviously a concern.
Draft prognosticators have linked the Giants to former Georgia linebacker Alec Ogletree and former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o, both of whom are expected to be gone after the first round.
Beauharnais may be an option should Big Blue opt to take a lineman with the No. 19 pick.
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