SMU Offensive Lineman Looks to Forrest Gregg as Model

NFL Draft prospect Kelvin Beachum felt Gregg's presence just about everywhere on the SMU campus.

INDIANAPOLIS––Coming from Southern Methodist University, NFL draft prospect Kelvin Beachum couldn't help feel the presence and impact former Packers great Forrest Gregg had on the school.

"He's on a lot of walls down there," said Beachum. "His picture is on the walls for winning Super Bowls and being an All-American and then also doing well in the National Football League."

Gregg, of course, is a Pro Football Hall of Fame tackle in from the Lombardi era, one of the most famous players to ever come out of SMU. He was head coach of the Packers from 1984 to 1987 and then at SMU during the 1988 and '89 seasons.

Beachum, an offensive lineman himself, is just looking to break into the ranks of the NFL and is currently going through the process known as the NFL Scouting Combine.

During the media availability portion of the event, Beachum talked about how the influence Gregg had on him and the college.

"Any time you see those names, you try to model yourself and get around people who knew him and can give you some advice on how to be great like him," said Beachum. "That's something I try to do and try to model myself after to be the player I am today."

Beachum––6-3, 307 pounds––is the 19th ranked offensive guard in this year's draft class, according to


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