On the back of strong performances in the Brisbane Lions reserves side throughout 2010 and his selection in the Queensland state side, Beams was officially elevated at the 2010 AFL Draft and will commence the 2011 AFL season on the Brisbane Lions senior list. He was injured for a couple of games during the early part of the season
Beams made his debut against Fremantle in Round 1 at the Gabba, with 13 disposals. He played five of the first seven games of the season before breaking his foot and did not play for the remainder of the year.
Beams played in the round 1 victory against Melbourne and was rewarded the round 1 nomination for the 2012 AFL Rising Star for tagging Brent Moloney out of the game, whilst still collecting 25 possessions himself. He is the first Lion to be nominated since Jack Redden in 2010.