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2021 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Jared Beeksma, LB, University of Guelph

Jared Beeksma
Jared Beeksma the playmaking linebacker from the University of Guelph recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot. (Photo Credit: Kha Vo (Instagram: @KHATDVO)
  • Name: Jared Beeksma
  • Height: 6’2
  • Weight: 220
  • Position: LB
  • College: University of Guelph
  • Twitter: @beeksma_jared

What is the best restaurant in your hometown city?

  • You can always get a great meal at Fifty’s Grill. Breakfast there is a go-to.

When breaking down your film what will stick out?
  • I believe when breaking down my film you’ll see a player that always has his motor going and is relentless until the whistle blows.

If you won the lotto, what is the first thing you would do with the money?

  • The first thing I’m doing is paying off anything my parents need. That is the least I can do for all the years of endless love, support, and guidance they’ve given me.

What has been your biggest failure?

  • Not working as hard as I should have going into my second year. 

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

  • High energy and always positive

Who is the hardest working teammate on your team?

Tavius Robinson for sure.

Have you ever had a nickname? What is it?

My teammates usually just call me Beeks or Big Crunch.

What is your degree in, if you do not make it as a football player, what is your dream job?

My degree is a Bachelor of Commerce. I don’t think I have a dream job right now, but I do know that I want a job where I can be active and interacting with people. I don’t want to have a job where I’m sitting down all day.

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What is your coolest life moment?

Any of the championship teams I’ve been a part of is a blessing. I caught a 40” pike once which was pretty cool.

What song would you sing at Karaoke night?

Fallen Leaves by Billy Talent

If you could pick any actor to play you in a movie, who are you picking?

Christian Bale

Who is your favorite football team?

Cincinnati Bengals.

If you had a warning label, what would yours say?

High Voltage.

What is your biggest fear?

Losing family members and loved ones.

Who is the most underrated player in the NFL?

Fred Warner.

Take us through game day, How do you prepare?

Big breakfast, coffee run before getting to the stadium, head out to the field and throw around the football to get warm, then head back in to toss on the pads.

Do you have any hobbies?

Long bike rides and cooking.

If you had to compare yourself to someone in the NFL, who would that be?

Leighton Vander Esch.

Who has been the biggest influence on your life and explain why?

My parents are definitely my biggest influence. They’ve always told me to commit 100% to everything that I do. I’ve been taught my whole life if I don’t succeed at something the first time, to practice and work harder until I achieve it. 

What motivates you to work hard?

I’m a person that is constantly setting goals for myself and achieving these goals is my motivation.  

Damond Talbot

NFL Draft Diamonds was created to assist the underdogs playing the sport. We call them diamonds in the rough. My name is Damond Talbot, I have worked extremely hard to help hundreds of small school players over the past several years, and will continue my mission. We have several contributors on this site, and if they contribute their name and contact will be in the piece above. You can email me at

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