New Patriots linebacker Steve Beauharnais, who was drafted No. 235 overall in the seventh round fo the NFL draft, spoke to the media via conference call Saturday. These are his full comments.
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.
What were you doing when you got the phone call?
SB: I’m actually doing class work, I’m still in school so I’m doing class work right now.
So you weren’t watching the draft?
SB: No, I wasn’t watching but I had it on the speaker in the other room. I was aware of everything that was going on.
What was your initial reaction?
SB: I was excited, but I had work to do and I always focus on the task at hand. I was excited though.
Have you had a chance to talk to Logan Ryan or Duron Harmon yet?
SB: No, I have not.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How well did you know Steve Belichick when you were teammates at Rutgers?
SB: I knew him very well. We were actually good friends. His locker was right next to mine, with the ‘B’ letter of our last names.
I got the impression that you’re kind of a student of the game. Would you agree with that?
SB: Yes, I do.
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.
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.
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.
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.