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Willie Beavers
OG #64
Height:
6-5
Weight:
322
College:
Western Michigan
Hometown:
Southfield, MI
Experience:
2
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TOTAL 2 0
2016 MIN 2 0

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BIOGRAPHY

• Originally committed to Illinois as a defensive lineman but eventually signed with WMU as an offensive lineman under current Gophers Head Coach P.J. Fleck.

OFF THE FIELD Majored in business...Grew up a Lions fan in Southfield, Michigan.

PRO Saw his 1st NFL action on Thanksgiving Day at Detroit (11/24/16)...The lone offensive lineman the Vikings drafted in 2016...2nd Western Michigan player the Vikings have selected in the history of the franchise, joining DE Bill Slater in the 7th round of 1972...Was 1 of 2 Western Michigan players drafted in 2016, joining WR Daniel Braverman (Chicago Bears)...Taken with 4th-round draft pick (#121 overall).

• Originally committed to Illinois as a defensive lineman but eventually signed with WMU as an offensive lineman under current Gophers Head Coach P.J. Fleck.

OFF THE FIELD Majored in business...Grew up a Lions fan in Southfield, Michigan.

PRO Saw his 1st NFL action on Thanksgiving Day at Detroit (11/24/16)...The lone offensive lineman the Vikings drafted in 2016...2nd Western Michigan player the Vikings have selected in the history of the franchise, joining DE Bill Slater in the 7th round of 1972...Was 1 of 2 Western Michigan players drafted in 2016, joining WR Daniel Braverman (Chicago Bears)...Taken with 4th-round draft pick (#121 overall).

2016 Inactive vs. Chicago (1/1/17), at Green Bay (12/24) and vs. Indianapolis (12/18)...Competed on 3 offensive snaps at Jacksonville (12/11)...Active but did not play vs. Dallas (12/1)...Made his NFL debut at RT for an injured Jeremiah Sirles and played 8 offensive snaps at Detroit (11/24)...Active but did not play vs. Arizona (11/20)...Inactive at Washington (11/13)...Active but did not play vs. Detroit (11/6), at Chicago (10/31) and vs. Houston (10/9)...Inactive at Philadelphia (10/23) and vs. NY Giants (10/3)...Elevated to the Vikings active roster on 9/27...Joined the Vikings practice squad on 9/4.

COLLEGE Full-time starter in his final 3 seasons at Western Michigan, started 40 consecutive games from the end of his redshirt freshman season through his final game...Did not miss a start once he moved into the lineup...Selected to participate in Senior Bowl...Started all 13 games as a senior at LT en route to 1st-Team All-MAC honors...Keyed Broncos to an 8-5 mark and a win over Middle Tennessee State in the Bahamas Bowl, the 1st bowl win in Western Michigan program history...Helped pave the way for rushing attack that averaged 204.6 yards per game, 2nd-best mark in the MAC in 2015...Started all 13 games in 2014 as a junior at LT and earned 2nd-Team All-MAC honors...Helped Broncos post an 8-5 mark as a junior and play in Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, falling to Boise State...WMU had the top RB in the MAC with Jarvion Franklin...As a sophomore, started all 12 games...As a redshirt freshman in 2012, played in 8 games and earned 2 starts...Made 1st career start vs. Northern Illinois in 2012...Redshirted in 2011 as a freshman.

PREP Standout at Southfield-Lathrop High School in suburban Detroit...Earned Honorable Mention All-Conference as sophomore, junior and senior...Ranked as #30 recruit in the state by Rivals.com...Consensus 3-star recruit.