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2015 NFL DRAFT

Vic Beasley, OLB

School: Clemson  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Adairsville, GA
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 235 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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1521

Player Lowdown

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STRENGTHS: Beasley may possess the country's best first step. His burst off the ball frequently catches tackles off-balance and he's able to cross their face.

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.

Excellent pursuit speed, showing the fluidity to stalk unsuspecting ballcarriers 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 before 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

Just a few years ago, Beasley might have been considered an undersized 'tweener and a fringe top 100 pick. Given the desperation to affect quarterbacks in today's pass-happy NFL, however, he is likely to hear his name called on the draft's first day.

Beasley reportedly received a second-round grade from the NFL Advisory Committee after leading the ACC with 13 sacks (along with 23 tackles for loss) as a junior. He followed that up in 2014 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) to become Clemson's all-time sack king, with 33 quarterback takedowns during 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 NFL is looking for.

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12/04/2014 - 2014 ACC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (MEDIA): The 6-foot-3, 235-pound native of Adairsville, Georgia, holds the Clemson school record and leads all active FBS players with 32 career sacks. A finalist for the Bednarik Award and Lombardi Trophy, Beasley's 52 career tackles for loss have accounted for 292 negative yards, also the most of any active FBS player. "He came back for his senior year to graduate, and to have a great season and improve as an all-around player," Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said of Beasley. "He has done that - he is a complete player. He is a big reason we currently rank number-one in the nation in total defense and many other areas. He is the best defensive player in the ACC, and I really feel he is the best defensive player in the nation." - ACC football
 

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