2012 NFL Draft: Justin Bethel Scouting Report

Sam TastadCorrespondent IIIApril 25, 2012

Defensive back Justin Bethel from Presbyterian recently was seen jumping onto boxes five feet into the air, something San Jose State defensive end Jarron Gilbert did in 2008 when he jumped out of pool. 

Gilbert has only played in four NFL games and was drafted in third round by Buffalo. 

Bethel, who showed off a 60-inch vertical jump, is 6'0' and 200 pounds. He has 9 and 3/4 hands, to got with a 4.53 40-yard dash, a vertical of 39.5", a broad jump of 131", benched 19 reps, ran 4.3 seconds in the 20-yard shuffle and 6.79 seconds in the three cone drill. 

Bethel blocked nine kicks in four seasons, and in a game against Gardner-Webb, he recorded 12 total tackles, a forced fumble, a pass break-up, and a blocked field goal. That week, he was named the Big South Co-Defensive player of the week. (NFL Draft Scout) 

He had four interceptions in 2011, one of which went for a touchdown. He was named Big South Defensive Player of the Year, after recording 87 total tackles with 3.5 tackles for a loss, a sack, a forced fumble, and three blocked kicks. He also had a punt return for a touchdown. (Pro Sports Weekly). 

Athletic, competitive, versatile, unpolished FCS prospect. Could be a swing back-up or special teams contributor. Good size, covers ground with a smooth and gliding stride. Great tackler, special teams producer along with great character, motivated, hardworking and intelligent. (Pro Sports Weekly)