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.
521

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.532.651.5935 4110'10"4.156.91
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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Mock Draft Expert Analysis

  • Atlanta Falcons | #8
    The Falcons have the firepower on offense to compete, but lack difference-makers on the defensive front. At just 6-3, 246 pounds, Beasley lacks the bulk most clubs prefer at defensive end and therefore is being projected to outside linebacker by many. New Atlanta head coach Dan Quinn helped the Seahawks win with similarly built defensive ends in Cliff Avril (6-3, 260) and Chris Clemons (6-3, 254) in the past and will likely push for a pass rusher with this pick.
  • Atlanta Falcons | #8
    The Falcons have been active adding front-seven defenders via free agency, but that won't stop Atlanta from targeting a "Leo" pass rusher at this pick. A former tight end, Beasley has the athleticism to run circles around offensive tackles.
  • Atlanta Falcons | #8
    When you look at their defense, where's the great rusher? New coach Dan Quinn needs help.
  • New York Jets | #6
    This might be an ideal landing spot for the combine freak. The Jets don't need a pass rusher like Beasley, but they've got to think about replacing Quinton Coples and given Beasley's strength ? speed, so much scary speed ? Todd Bowles could uncork him on defenses out of the gate.
 

Strengths Weaknesses

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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03/05/2015 - Clemson All-American defensive end Vic Beasley put on another stellar show for NFL personnel. The school's all-time sacks leader worked out at his familiar defensive line spot, and then with linebackers during the Tigers pro day. Beasley was a NFL combine headliner last month, running a 4.53-second time in the 40-yard dash and lifting the 225-pound weight 35 times - both top showings among defensive linemen and linebackers in Indianapolis. While Beasley didn't run or lift at Clemson's indoor practice facility, he went through extended drill sessions at both positions in front of 72 evaluators from all 32 NFL teams, including New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick. "I came out here with the right mind set and I wanted to show these teams that I can play in space and drop back as a linebacker," Beasley said.

The lightning quick Beasley, at 6-foot-3 and 246 pounds, was always looked at as too small to play a down line spot in the NFL. He was more than up to that challenge with the Tigers, going from an out of position running back when recruited to the Tigers career leader with 33 sacks. Beasley's stock has risen since the combine, from being projected as a late first-rounder to possibly being a top-10 pick in several mock NFL drafts. But most outlooks have him as an outside linebacker who teams can turn loose on passing downs. Beasley wants to prove he belongs in games for more than just third-and-long. "I felt like I've elevated my level as a linebacker," he said. - AP Sports

 

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