Connecticut’s William Beatty is considered one of the draft’s best senior offensive lineman, but his weight has been an issue.
Unlike Herman Johnson, Beatty’s problem has been keeping on weight. He acknowledged that the biggest knock against him has been his slender frame (for an offensive lineman), and he blamed extensive travel for his weight loss. Beatty checked in at a respectable 291 pounds at Connecticut, but he said he lost several pounds because of a hectic 2009 schedule.
Beatty said going back and forth between both coasts, playing in the International Bowl in Canada and participating in the East-West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl eventually wore him down. He pointed out that his weight is rebounding, however, and he will participate in all drills at the combine in an effort to show scouts he is rejuvenated and that his recent strength-training regimen and diet have paid off.