Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the Cardinals' picks: Round 6/177 - Justin Bethel, CB/S, 6-0, 199, Presbyterian...The Cardinals have had success with corners from small schools (Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Greg Toler). Bethel joins a roster full of defensive backs. He blocked nine kicks in college. - The Sports Xchange
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09/07/12 - DB Justin Bethel was drafted as a safety but he's practicing at cornerback, too. Bethel has a long way to go as a defender but he should excel on special teams. He blocked three kicks in the preseason.
04/30/12 - A closer look at the Cardinals' picks: Round 6/177 - Justin Bethel, CB/S, 6-0, 199, Presbyterian...The Cardinals have had success with corners from small schools (Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Greg Toler). Bethel joins a roster full of defensive backs. He blocked nine kicks in college. - The Sports Xchange
02/26/12 - Justin Bethel of Presbyterian is the first player from the tiny Clinton, S.C., school to be invited to the Scouting Combine. A 5-11, 196-pound defensive back, he projects to cornerback but has the range to slide to safety. But bet your socks the Blue Hose star -- yes, that's the Presbyterian team name -- will find his way into a role on special teams. He blocked nine kicks in four seasons and said he was just as prolific in high school with his 76 3/4-inch wingspan. "My senior year I had four or five blocks," he said. "I don't know. It's just something I've had a knack … I get a real good start-off coming off the edge, two or three steps I'm jumping. Because of my kind of long body I can get there. So it's just a knack for it. It's something I've been doing." Football has almost always been secondary for Bethel. He was more interested in carving chicken than dissecting Xs and Os. "To tell you the truth, I got a half-scholarship (offer) from Charleston Southern. But I was like, I'll wait," he said. "It was funny, because I wasn't even planning on playing football after high school. I was going to go to Johnson & Wells for culinary arts. Because I had taken culinary classes for the past three years in high school. But I would have had to pay for it. Football was free. Football vs. having to pay for it. I said, I'll take the free." - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange
02/23/12 - Presbyterian College's football standout Justin Bethel (Blythewood, S.C.), who was invited to the 2012 NFL Combine, will head to Indianapolis this weekend to work out in front of NFL scouts. This year's combine, which started Wednesday, features hundreds of athletes looking to make a name for themselves before the draft. Bethel is part of the day four arrival group that will come in on Saturday, Feb. 25 and train until Tuesday, Feb. 28. During his time, he will run the gamut from medical examinations and physicals, to media interviews, to NFLPA meetings and finally to workouts in front of NFL scouts. Bethel, who played in the 87th East-West Shrine game Saturday, Jan. 21, has been training at the IMG Academy in Florida, while continuing the fulfill his degree requirements to graduate from Presbyterian College. Bethel, who is the first Presbyterian College athlete to be invited to the NFL Combine, racked up several post-season accolades. He was named to the Phil Steele FCS All-America Team, as well as the Sports Network/Fathead.com FCS All-America Team. He was a first-team and second-team selection, respectively. He also earned the College Football Performance FCS Elite Punt Returner Award. Recently he was also named to the College Sports Journal All-America team. - Presbyterian Football