|Kelvin Beachum already has a bunch of connections to the Patriots||02.25.12 at 9:51 am ET|
INDIANAPOLIS — Kelvin Beachum is a guy who already knows more about the Patriots than your average college prospect.
First, the offensive lineman out of SMU had Adrian Klemm as his positional coach with the Mustangs the last three years. Klemm was New England’s second-round pick in 2000 and spent five injury-plagued seasons with the Patriots. Second, current SMU defensive coordinator Tom Mason was at Fresno State when current Pats’ offensive lineman Logan Mankins was there, and talked up Mankins’ to Beachum on a consistent basis. And third, Beachum was a college teammate of current Patriots defensive back Sterling Moore.
All this makes Beachum eminently qualified to discuss the possibility of playing in New England. He loved the opportunity to play for Klemm, who has since moved on to become the offensive line coach and running game coordinator at UCLA
“It was wonderful. He brought the intensity,” Beachum said of Klemm. “The calm, cool and collected side of things that you need to have in the game, but he also talked about seven seconds of violence, which was our motto for our offensive line. Being able to establish a violent nature for seven seconds and then be able to regain your composure then go out and do it again.”
Beachum is a 6-foot-3, 306-pound offensive lineman who played left tackle all four seasons at SMU, but figures to move to guard in the NFL. It was a move made by Mankins out of college, who became one of the best interior linemen in the league relatively quickly. While at SMU, Mason certainly gave him an idea of Mankins’ journey.
“He talked about [Mankins] a lot. He just talked about how massive he was, how he was just a big mauler for them when he was still in college,” Beachum said of Mason. “He didn’t have any tape on him, but [he talked about] the type of work ethic, the type of man he was, the type of character he had both on and off the field. He just talked about the qualities he had and what made him a good player.”
Beachum, who projects to be a late-round pick in April, can lean on his former college teammate Moore to provide him with some idea of what it takes to survive in the league as a relatively unheralded player coming out of college. Moore, who was an undrafted free agent coming out of SMU who cut by the Raiders in September, became a key member of the New England secondary over the second half of the season.
Beachum talked about some of the good times the two had as teammates.
“Man, he was a funny guy. He always had some jokes to go along with whoever he was locking down in practice,” Beachum said of Moore. “We used to call him 210. He was about 210 pounds and we called him a fat corner. But he dropped the weight. He’s done a wonderful job adapting to the NFL and is becoming a real good corner.”
Beachum said he tried his best to remain close to Moore during this past season but wasn’t always easy.
“We stayed in contact,” Beachum said. “Any time I was able to see him play — sometimes in Texas, you don’t get all the New England games — any time I was able to see him play, just shoot him a text and say, ‘Good game, bro.’ He’ll text me back and say, ‘Appreciate it, just keeping grinding.’“
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