This last week, during the days leading up to the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama teams interviewed prospective 2012 NFL draft candidates. One of those potential Dallas Cowboys draft candidates is Arkansas Razorbacks defensive lineman Jake Bequette.
We are all familiar with Jerry Jones’ propensity for everything Arkansas and the University of Arkansas for that matter. Therefore drafting the Little Rock, Arkansas native, who has good NFL size at 6’5” and 271 pounds, would not be surprising at all. Bequette has been clocked as fast as 4.54 during his forty yard dash time. Bequette is a quick defensive end and is fundamentally sound at finishing the job when he gets to the quarterback.
Many feel as if Bequette is better suited making a transition to an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense, which is where the Senior Bowl South coaches had the former defensive end lining up during practice and on game day.
A couple knocks against Bequette is that the former defensive end is not physically imposing nor do many consider him a natural athlete.
What Jake Bequette lacks when struggling to overpower the best offensive linemen the athlete makes up with a high motor and elite pass-rushing skills.
Look for the newly positioned linebacker to go off the board in the mid-rounds of the 2012 NFL draft unless of course Bequette stands out amongst his peers at the upcoming NFL combine.
Bequette brings experience to the table while entering into the 2012 NFL Draft class. TheArkansasdefensive end finished his career atArkansasas a redshirt senior and played in all 12 games with 11 starts as a freshman. Bequette started eight games as a sophomore, all 13 as a junior. In 2010 he tallied 8.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks. In just nine games of his 2011 campaign Bequette still managed to record 8.5 tackles for loss, eight sacks, and four forced fumbles while missing a few games due to a minor hamstring injury.
Other than Bequette’s minor hamstring injury during the 2011 Arkansas Razorback campaign the defensive end has almost no injury history throughout his lengthy career as a Razorback.
For his career, Bequette led all active SEC players and ranked third on Arkansas’ all-time career sacks list with 21.5 sacks.
3 tackles, 1 QB hurry, 2 sacks & 2 tackles for loses along with a forced fumble was good enough to earn Bequette a 2012 Cotton Bowl Defensive MVP against Kansas State.
With questions such as depth at the linebacking position it makes sense for the Dallas Cowboys to add another elite pure pass-rusher who could possibly develop into an NFL starter. Jake Bequette, although not likely to make the draft day two cut, will likely end up being drafted on day three of the 2012 NFL draft and the Dallas Cowboys could be the team taking him off the board.
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