2015 NFL DRAFT

Vic Beasley, OLB

School: Clemson  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Adairsville, GA
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 246 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
621

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
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Mock Draft Expert Analysis

  • Atlanta Falcons | #8
    The Falcons hired former Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn as head coach to bring some intensity and pass rush to Atlanta. Pound for pound, Beasley is the most explosive edge rusher in the draft.
  • Atlanta Falcons | #8
    The Falcons have addressed the pass rush in free agency, but Beasley would be another great add, giving new head coach Dan Quinn that athlete to disrupt the pocket.
  • Washington Redskins | #5
    They need somebody who can come off the edge with speed. Beasley excels at that. He might have issues against the run, but he will be explosive as a rusher.
  • New York Jets | #6
    Perfect fit for Beasley. He won't need to anchor the Jets run defense and they have enough defensive line pieces to move him in on pass-rushing downs. Just cut him loose at the quarterback and keep him fresh. Add a piece like Beasley and this defense is scary next year.
 

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STRENGTHS: Beasley might have the best first step in the draft. His burst off the ball frequently catches tackles off-balance and he's able to cross their face. Beasley has the flexibility to be able to duck their reach and turn the corner, showing excellent speed to close. Beasley complements his speed rush with a balanced and tight spin back to the inside and a surprisingly effective bull rush. Beasley is certainly smaller than scouts would prefer but he is more powerful than he looks, sporting broad shoulders, long arms and well-developed upper body. He's able to sneak his hands under the tackle's reach and can walk unbalanced pass-blockers into the pocket. Beasley has excellent pursuit speed, showing the fluidity to stalk unsuspecting ball-carriers from behind and the explosive closing burst that jar the ball loose. Beasley shows good awareness of the ball, ripping at it when he sees the opportunity and has seven career forced fumbles. Graduated prior to the 2014 season with a degree in Sociology.

WEAKNESSES: Despite his natural ability as a pass rusher, Beasley does struggle against the run as he seems to lose track of the play at times and will take bad angles or even appear unmotivated when the play flows to the opposite side of the line, and when he takes on blockers too high, he's easily swept out of the play. He offers little in terms of ability to anchor or set the edge with power against the run, as he simply lacks the girth to hold position against tackles and even tight ends at times.

COMPARES TO: Von Miller, Denver Broncos: Like the 6-3, 246-pound Miller, Beasley does not possess the size and strength to set the edge consistently but few are better off it on their way to the quarterback.

--Rob Rang, Derek Stephens

Player Overview

Beasley might have been considered an undersized 'tweener and a fringe top 100 pick just a few years ago.

But new levels of desperation for teams trying to affect quarterbacks in today's pass-happy NFL will likely contribute to a demand for Beasley, who is likely to be drafted in the Top 40.

Beasley reportedly received a second-round grade from the NFL Advisory Committee last year after leading the ACC with 13 sacks (along with 23 tackles for loss). He followed that up this season with similar production (11.5 sacks, 18.5 tackles for loss through the regular season), proving his success was no fluke. He passed Michael Dean Perry and Gaines Adams (among others) this season to become Clemson's all-time sack king, with 32 QB takedowns (through the 2014 regular season) over his career.

Though Beasley's lean frame has led some to question his legitimacy as an every-down end prospect for the next level, his electric first step, long arms and active hands have enabled him to routinely create and maintain space against bigger blockers, and he has consistently shown a knack for keeping opponents on their heels with quick change-of-direction ability. Beasley will run himself out of plays occasionally and he may be a bit of a one-trick-pony. But his specialty - creating big plays for loss -- is one that every team in the league is looking for.

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05/05/2015 - Falcons show need for speed - and character - with Beasley...It was no secret the Atlanta Falcons were looking for pass-rush help in the 2015 NFL Draft. But with the No. 8 overall pick Thursday night they elected to pass on Nebraska defensive Randy Gregory and Missouri defensive end Shane Ray, both of whom were rated higher than Clemson's Vic Beasley by most NFL scouts at the outset of the pre-draft process. While Gregory and Ray were answering to off-field issues related to marijuana, Beasley impressed during the interview process. Gregory failed a drug test at the Scouting Combine in February and Ray was arrested on Monday on a possession charge just before 6 a.m. Ray was selected 23rd by the Denver Broncos. Beasley registered 33 career sacks at Clemson and was among a group of pass rushers NFL teams were split on entering the draft.

"I'm a double-digit sack guy," Beasley said. "I'm going to bring a great pass rush and just put a lot of pressure on the quarterback." Since 2008, when Dimitroff and former coach Mike Smith were hired for one of the NFL's biggest renovation projects, the Falcons' defense has ranked 24th, 21st, 16th, 12th, 24th, 27th and 32nd. The pass defense has ranked 21st, 28th, 22nd, 20th, 23rd, 22nd and 32nd. Since ranking 11th in sacks in 2008 - John Abraham had 16.5, nobody else had more than 4.0 - the Falcons have ranked 26th, 20th, 19th, 28th, 29th and 30th in total sacks. - The Sports Xchange

 

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