Photo of Vic Beasley
Grade
6.08 ?
  • 4.53 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 35 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 41.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 130.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.91 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.15 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Top Performer
  • 6'3" Height
  • 32 1/2" Arm Length
  • 246LBS. Weight
  • 9 3/8" Hands

Overview

Excelled in track, basketball and football while at Adairsville High School in Georgia. Beasley was recruited as a defensive athlete after playing running back, tight end and defensive end in high school. Redshirted in 2010 and played just 16 snaps in 2011. Burst onto the scene in 2012 as a redshirt sophomore with 18 tackles, eight tackles for loss and a team-high 8 sacks. Consensus All-American in 2013 and finished with 44 tackles, 23 tackles for loss (third in the nation), 13 sacks (tied for third in the nation), 12 quarterback pressures, four forced fumbles and one fumble recovered. Began 2014 on the watch lists for Bednarik, Lombardi, Nagurski and Walter Camp Awards. Has averaged a sack every 42 snaps over his last two seasons. Beasley is the all-time sack leader in Clemson history with 29 and graduated with a degree in Sociology in August 2014. Beasley?s father played collegiately at Auburn.

Analysis

Strengths

Explosive athlete who's always first off the snap. True edge bender who can torque hips and shoulders to turn corner. Has ankle flexion to dip and slalom around corner at difficult angles to block. Former running back with quick feet and fluid hips. Able to change directions and burst to target. Possesses potentially lethal spin move, but doesn't use it enough. Primarily a hand-in-dirt rusher but has played standing, too. Able to drop into space. Solid instincts and outstanding closing burst. Quick hands to swat initial punch. Hands will get even better and could become a major weapon with more coaching. Can embarrass tackles who lunge and miss.

Weaknesses

High cut with narrow waist and thin legs. Needs to add more bulk. Unlikely to convert speed to power against NFL tackles. Wins with athleticism on majority of his sacks. Rarely transitions from speed rush to spin as an instinctual pass-rush counter. Lacks ideal arm length. Too often content to stay blocked if pass rush stalls out. Needs to shed blocks more consistently against run. Good football character, but scouts are concerned about a lack of alpha-dog tenacity.

Sources Tell Us

"I know everyone will have him pegged as a 3-4 edge guy, but I think 4-3 defenses would be crazy not to consider him as a WILL or SAM who can bump down as an edge rusher in third downs. Denver does it with Von Miller, so why not consider it?" -- NFC East scout

NFL Comparison

Bruce Irvin

Bottom Line

Projects as 3-4 outside linebacker. Considered one of the best pure edge rushers in the draft, but needs more sophistication to his approach. Has speed and explosion to become an absolute menace for a creative defensive coordinator. High-impact talent but needs to crank up competitive nature in order to reach his potential.
-Lance Zierlein
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.