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Published on 05/22/2012 at Tue May 22 17:00.
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Zane Beadles

Zane Beadles

Name: Zane Beadles
Pos: Guard
Ht, Wt: 6’4″, 305
Age: 25
Exp: 3
College: Utah

Zane Beadles has started in 30 of 32 possible games in his NFL career — six games at right tackle, and the rest at left guard. A versatile, promising prospect drafted by the Denver Broncos in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft, Beadles and C J.D. Walton formed the first rookie tandem to make their regular season debut as starters on the offensive line in franchise history.

2011 Analysis: After being named to The Sporting News‘ All-Rookie Team in 2010, 2011 was a step back for Beadles. Of course, there’s the built-in excuse of the dramatic scheme change the Broncos underwent last year, but Beadles didn’t really improve from Weeks 1-5 under Orton and the rest of the year behind Tebow. He struggled in both the run and pass game and was one of the lowest graded starting guards by in 2011.

Contract Status: Signed through 2013 ($490,000 in 2012).

2012 Outlook: Starting left guard. Beadles will compete with the likes of undrafted rookies Austin Wuebbels and Wayne Tribue, with fourth round pick Philip Blake also potentially pushing Beadles. Beadles has decent speed and is able to get his blocks to the next level, but a decent bull rush can cause him problems. He needs to bulk up and get stronger this offseason since there really isn’t anyone ready to knock him out of his starting position.

As always, we invite you, the readers, to participate. Has Beadles left you wanting more, or are you still on board with this promising 2010 draft prospect?

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  • Anonymous

    I like how Beadles looks like a comic book dork in his stock NFL photo but looks like a man beast in real life

  • Anonymous

    Here’s the problem: I haven’t taken a poll or anything, but I’d bet most people would consider both Franklin and Harris better linemen than Beadles. That means, if Beadles starts at LG, then there will be a better lineman than he sitting on the bench because only one of them can play RT at a time.

    Now, Franklin not only could play guard, but he would be a devastating blocker there. And Harris, who is a better pass blocker than Franklin, would be at RT. Beadles, then, would be terrific at providing depth in the line. So, along with Blake, the depth problem would be solved.

    That is the only way I see of getting the best players on the OL on the field at the same time. IMHO.

  • Monty

    The same thought crossed my mind AZ. Though we can’t be certain Franklin would be better than Beadles at LG.

    If Harris is healthy and back to form it could have a domino effect like you said though. Thanks for commenting.