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January 27, 2007

Beekman diary: A week-long interview

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Boston College offensive guard Josh Beekman just finished a senior season in which he earned second-team All-America honors from Rivals.com. He has agreed to write a diary for Rivals.com as he gets ready for the draft.

Beekman is playing for the North team Saturday in the Senior Bowl at Mobile, Ala. In this entry, Beekman discusses the week of preparations for the Senior Bowl.

"It's been educational, first of all. It's a challenging experience. You're getting thrown into a new system with many guys and you're using lingo that you normally don't use and have to get familiar with. I think it's just to test your ability of how you adapt and how you learn throughout the week. You're going to face opponents and have to erase your mind in college. The pros are the same way. You're going to have to do something totally different from week to week probably.

"This week has been fine. It's basically a job interview here. They want to see how hard you're going to work, what kind of character you have. It's a fun experience for college players because you get to meet some of the best of the best and work with some of the best. Some of them, I did know just because they were in my conference, so I'd met them and had chatted with them. Some of them from the Big Ten and Big 12, you normally wouldn't ever see. You get to meet them. It's nice to work with guys who respect the game as much as you do and have heart as much as you do.

"Besides practice, you've got team meetings where you watch the tape and go over what you did wrong and try to correct it. You're always trying to improve in this game. At least I am. After that, you're interviewing with potential organizations you may be working for, and it's basically a job interview. They ask you how your work ethic is and did you ever get in trouble, what's your social life like. They want to bring people in who are conducive to their organization. They have every right to ask whatever they want to ask you because they're the ones paying the bills.

"I think I'm getting better, just from being coached by an NFL team. I had a great coaching staff at Boston College, a great o-line coach in Don Horton, but this game is just a little bit different. You get coached by the NFL guys on how to sharpen things up.

The practices took place amid unusually cold and windy conditions in Mobile. The temperatures were in the 40s on Tuesday and Wednesday, but the wind made it seem much colder.

"I'm from Boston. It being cold or rainy, it doesn't really matter. That's Boston weather. For me, it's fine. If you're a football player, you're going to have to play in snow, rain, sun, sleet. Wherever you have to go, you're going to have to deal with weather."

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