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Steve Beauharnais: ‘I’m actually doing classwork’

04.28.13 at 9:58 am ET

FOXBORO — Maybe he got it from being around Bill Belichick‘s son all the time. Maybe he is just that conscientious about his studies. Or maybe he just didn’t want to sit in front of a TV all day hoping his name would be called.

Whatever the reason, when Steve Beauharnais was drafted by the Patriots on Saturday with the team’s second and final seventh round pick, he wasn’t paying attention to the draft.

“I’€™m actually doing classwork, I’€™m still in school so I’€™m doing classwork right now,” Beauharnais said in a conference call with reporters after being selected.

So he wasn’t watching the draft?

“No, I wasn’€™t watching but I had it on the speaker in the other room,” he said. “I was aware of everything that was going on.”

His initial reaction?

“I was excited, but I had work to do and I always focus on the task at hand,” Beauharnais said. “I was excited though.”

Certainly, Belichick was more than aware fo Beauharnais’ work habits before Saturday. Steve Belichick now works for his dad on the coaching staff. Before the Patriots, the younger Belichick played with the run-stopping Beauharnais at Rutgers on special teams as the long snapper.

“I knew him very well,” Beauharnais said of Belichick’s son Steve. “We were actually good friends. His locker was right next to mine, with the ‘€˜B’€™ letter of our last names.”

Beauharnais became the third Rutgers product to be selected in the draft, joining defensive backs Logan Ryan and Duron Harmon. Of course, the Patriots roster is already decorated with Scarlet Knights in Devin McCourty and Justin Francis.

Here is the rest of Saturday’s conference call with reporters.

Q: Did you Rutgers guys all get together and have a huge party?

SB: No, but it is a great opportunity to be drafted by the Patriots.

Q: Have you had a chance to talk to Logan Ryan or Duron Harmon yet?

SB: No, I have not.

Q: Did you go to St. Joseph’€™s High School at the same time as the McCourty twins?

SB: No, I didn’€™t. I was at Saddle Brook for three years and transferred over to St. Joe’€™s for one year in 2008, but they were long gone by then.

Q: Do you know Justin Francis and talk to him at all?

SB: I know Justin Francis. I played with him for three years, three good years and I haven’€™t spoken to him yet.

Q: What do you think has made you Rutgers teammates so appealing to the Patriots?

SB: I don’€™t know. You’€™d have to ask the Patriots for that reason but obviously there’€™s something they see in us that they do like.

Q: Give us a capsule feel for what your game is like.

SB: I’€™m a great run stopper. I always have a good presence in the middle and that’€™s the way I like to play ‘€“ hard-nosed football.

Q: I’€™ve seen some different things out there. What’€™s your height and weight?

SB: I think they were pretty accurate on TV: 6-1, 240.

Q: What’€™s your background on special teams?

SB: My background on special teams? Well, I do punt, punt block, kickoff, kickoff return. I touch base on every special team there is.

Q: I got the impression that you’re kind of a student of the game. Would you agree with that?

SB: Yes, I do.

Q: How are you with film study? Is it take charge on the field? How would you describe that aspect?

SB: Well, it’€™s film study. I put a lot of hard work and dedication into my craft and just by being a sponge around everybody and putting extra time in, I became pretty [good] at that.

Q: What is it like seeing so many of your teammates go ahead of you in the draft?

SB: It was a great feeling. When Duron Harmon got picked, it was great, when Logan Ryan got picked. Kasheem Greene got picked earlier today. It was great. They all deserve it. They’re hard working players.

Q: Were you concerned at all that your name wasn’€™t going to be called?

SB: At first, yeah I was. But I knew whenever I’€™m going to go that I’€™m going to do my best and I know I’€™m going to be presented an opportunity and every time I’€™m going to take advantage of it. That’€™s how I got this far in this process, so it’€™s the reason I went where I went.

Q: Did you get any indication that the Patriots were going to select you?

SB: I really honestly didn’€™t know; I didn’t know if they were. I knew they have very good linebackers up there, so it was I guess a decision they wanted to make. I’€™m not sure.

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