Gerhard de Beer came to The University of Arizona from South Africa as a discus thrower.
He’ll leave with an invite to an NFL rookie camp.
Gerhard de Beer (OT, Arizona) will be signing with the Buffalo Bills. South African native is a physical freak with tremendous upside who came to Arizona on a track scholarship.— Brett Tessler (@TesslerSports) April 28, 2018
Currently measuring in at 6-foot-7 and 312 pounds, the South African certainly has the body type and body control to at least have a chance at making an NFL training camp, if not scout team or actual roster.
The thing that’s most intriguing about de Beer is his background. He had never played football before heading to Tucson (he played rugby), and would often get teased by coaches and teammates about how he didn’t have any idea how to simply wear football pads at the beginning.
But he came a long way, starting 18 games over the past two seasons at right tackle, and earned 22 starts total in his collegiate career. De Beer was part of an offensive line that helped lead Arizona to the Pac-12’s best rushing offense in 2017.
.@ArizonaFBall OT Gerhard De Beer has great story. National U-16 and U-18 discus record-holder in South Africa, track scholarship at AZ, football walk-on even though he never played sport. Now draftable. Only 2 South Africans have played in NFL: PK Gary Anderson, WR Jerome Pathon— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) April 16, 2018
It will be interesting to see if de Beer is able to make it beyond a rookie camp with the Bills or any other team in the league. And who knows, if this whole offensive lineman thing doesn’t work out, maybe he can become the game’s biggest punter.