If you’re not already familiar with the name Gerhard de Beer, it’s time to rectify that problem
De Beer, who is originally from South Africa, did not attend the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine, but had a stellar workout at the Wildcats’ Pro Day. Take a look at the numbers below, punched into the Relative Athletic Score database that is maintained by Pride of Detroit contributor Kent Lee Platte:
Gerhard de Beer posted one of the highest #RAS of the draft class, 4th highest among OT ahead of Connor Williams. He posted above average scores in every metric, with great explosion, agility, and speed for his above average size. pic.twitter.com/2ZJJ0V6NHW— Kent Lee Platte (@MathBomb) April 2, 2018
Not surprisingly, de Beer meets the Packers’ traditional requirements for offensive linemen. Those include good times in the short shuttle and 3-cone, plus since he played left tackle at Arizona, that makes him an ideal Packers candidate.
Originally recruited to Arizona as a track and field athlete — specifically a discus thrower — de Beer tried out for the football team thanks to some experience playing rugby. He also was mentioned as a potential option at punter by Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez during the 2017 season.
De Beer’s stock has continued to increase since his Pro Day on March 12th, but his lack of experience appear likely to keep him on the draft board until late on day three of next week’s draft or into undrafted free agency. The Packers used some late-round draft picks last year on players who visited the team (WR DeAngelo Yancey, OL Kofi Amichia, and RB Devante Mays in particular), and it would not be a surprise to see them take a flier on de Beer late next Saturday.