Photo courtesy of Frank Beltre
Frank Beltre is a yolked-up 6’1, 240 pound LB prospect from Towson University. Recently running a sub-4.6 40 yard dash at Pro Day, Beltre is not lacking in speed or athleticism. Beltre was a starting defensive end for the Tigers, registering 5 sacks and 7.5 tackle for loss as a senior. He would a worthy candidate to be brought onto a team and compete on special teams, if not defense right away. It was my pleasure to speak to Frank for NFL Draft Zone.
Shaun DePasquale: Thank you for taking the time to speak with me today Frank. Can you tell me where you’re training for the NFL Draft?
Frank Beltre: I started training on January first at Athletic Edge in Brandenton, Florida.
SD: What do you feel are your strengths and things you may need to work on?
FB: My biggest strengths would be my love for the game, my speed, my game preparation and the way I influence and lead others around me. I need to work on dropping into coverage since I didn’t do much of that in college.
SD: How do you feel your time at Towson helped you prepare for the NFL?
FB: Towson helped me prepare for the NFL by teaching me to get through adverse situations. It also taught me the difference between being hurt and being injured.
SD: What do you feel you bring to an NFL team?
FB: I feel that I bring leadership, a never give up attitude and someone who just wants to play football regardless of the position.
SD: Have you received any feedback from NFL scouts?
FB: Yes, a few scouts were concerned about my ability to become an outside linebacker and on my Pro Day and at the Regional Combine, I showed that I could easily adapt.
SD: Were you invited to any All-Star games or Combines?
FB: No, I wasn’t invited to any All-Star games, but I participated in the Tampa Regional Combine and was selected to participate at the Super Regional Combine this past weekend in Dallas.
SD: What has been your greatest accomplishment, athletically or personally ?
FB: Being able to be a part of a program that went from being the worst to number one in its conference while winning two CAA titles. Personally, my biggest accomplishment was earning a degree in Sports Management at Towson.
SD: If you could have dinner with any 3 people, living or otherwise, who would they be and why?
FB: Muhammad Ali, Eric Thomas, and my mother because in moments of difficulty I turn to them for motivation.
SD: Give me the name of a teammate that doesn’t get nearly enough recognition.
FB: Romale Tucker, because he’s a dedicated and hardworking kid who loves the game.
SD: What message would you like to send to NFL teams about Frank Beltre?
FB: The message that I would like to send to NFL teams is that I am a responsible and reliable person with an inspiring work ethic who loves the game.
SD: Last question, what would be your first purchase with an NFL paycheck?
FB: A plane ticket from Spain for my mother so she can come to the United States.
SD: Thank you so much for your time Frank. Good luck in your journey!
FB: Thank you for having me.