by J.T. Toth
Photo courtesy of Kansas State Athletics.
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Today’s Spotlight - Kansas State, Guard, Cooper Beebe
Name- Cooper Beebe
Team- Kansas State
HT/WT- 6’4” 335 lbs.
Home – Kansas City, KS
Cooper Beebe lettered four years at Piper High School in Kansas City, Kansas. He was ranked the 79th best defensive tackle in his class by ESPN. He also competed at shot put and basketball in high school. He selected Kansas State over offers from Kansas and Minnesota.
Beebe played one game in 2019, retaining his redshirt for the season. In 2020, he played in 9 games, starting 8 of them, with 7 of those games at right tackle. In 2021, Beebe started 13 games at left tackle and was named a first team All-Big 12 performer. He did not allow a sack in 367 pass blocking snaps.
Beebe moved to left guard in 2022 and started all 14 games and was named a first team All-American by The Athletic, ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News. He is a first team All-American nominee by Draft 412.
Beebe started all 12 games in 2023 for Kansas State and continued laying the foundation as one of the best guards in the country.
First and foremost, Cooper Beebe’s versatility along the line will be of interest to all NFL GMs. He has played both tackle and guard positions and has played them well. He has strong, heavy hands and is almost impossible to move once he makes initial contact. He is a student of the game and has a tremendous football IQ.
Beebe is athletic enough to pull, and strong enough to pancake the defender. He has a good low base for power and prefers to fight in tight quarters using his upper body strength.
On the downside Beebe has shorter arms and does not have elite range to keep the defenders contained. Though he can pull, his speed is below average and his lateral movement needs to be improved. His balance at times is thrown off and he will lunge instead of hitting defenders square. He is a much better run blocker than he is a pass blocker and will need to work on his back pedal mechanics.
The first name that came to Draft 412 when doing his profile was 2021 first round draft pick Rashawn Slater. They have both played guard and tackle throughout their collegiate career and bring some versatility to the NFL.
Able to pull
Cooper Beebe’s versatility as both a guard and tackle will continue to help his draft stock. A player with his versatility and football IQ that can play at his level is hard to find. He is becoming one of the best guards in the country.
Draft 412 Draft Prediction- 2nd round or 3rd round