As Missouri gets ready to play in the competitive SEC it lands a talented, perhaps underrated, linebacker who can help the Tigers in their transition. Eric Beisel (Fenton, Mo./Rockwood Summit) is a throw-back type linebacker who plays the game hard with a blue-collar feel often showing more of a Big Ten style than SEC speed and flash.
He may have fell under the Big Ten radar due to his tweener status as he’s built more like a defensive end and lacks great speed and fluidity of an upper-tier linebacker. However, we see a potentially versatile front-seven defender with the range and effort to make plays sideline-to-sideline and the quickness, proper angles and nose for the ball through traffic to mask some lateral tightness. He certainly has the strength to shed and stalemate as a downhill run stopper and he can hold up in zone coverage. We would like to see this strong tackling linebacker continue to work on his pass rush skills as a senior which could give the Tigers coaching staff the option to slide him up on the line with his hand down if he continues to grow and there is more of need up front upon Beisel's arrival.
A really good pickup as this young man may not develop into a difference-maker but is a very solid football player with a high probability of success.