Photo of Vic Beasley
Drafted By: Falcons
  • Round 1
  • Pick 8
  • Overall 8

Combine Results

Grade
6.64 ?
  • 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  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"Beasley's easily the best athlete among the edge rushers. On Day 1, I think he's going to be a situational pass rusher while he learns to set the edge." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'3" Height
  • 32 1/2" Arm Length
  • 246LBS. Weight
  • 9 3/8" Hands

Overview

During his four seasons at Clemson, Beasley totaled 52.5 tackles for loss, 33 sacks, 29 quarterback pressures, 11 pass breakups, seven forced fumbles, two recovered fumbles and two touchdowns in 1,421 snaps over 48 games (25 starts). He ranks first in school history in sacks, fourth in tackles for loss and tied for seventh in forced fumbles. He is a two-time first-team All-American and two-time first-team All-ACC selection. Was a finalist for the Bednarik, Lombardi and Hendricks Award in 2014. He was selected as ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 2014. His 33 career sacks came during the final 39 games of his career and pushed him past Michael Dean Perry, Gaines Adams and William Perry on the school's all-time sack list. As a junior in 2013, he had 23 tackles for loss, 13 sacks, 12 quarterback pressures, six pass breakups and four forced fumbles in 13 starts. In 2012, he had a team-high eight sacks. Played nine games during his freshman season in 2011, after redshirting in 2010. Was rated the No. 16 athlete in the nation by ESPN out of Adairsville High School (Ga.). He played high school and AAU basketball and his father, Victor, played football at Auburn. He graduated with a degree in sociology prior to his senior season.

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.

Draft Projection

Round 1

Sources Tell Us

"He's pretty much what you are looking for if you are a 3-4 team. I think he can play inside or outside because he moves so well. Out of the top-rated outside 'backers, he's the best, in my opinion." -- AFC defensive coordinator

"Between the two Clemson linebackers (Vic Beasley and Stephone Anthony), they really put on a show (at the NFL Scouting Combine). Beasley is going high." -- AFC defensive coordinator

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. Teams privately gushed about his ability to carry speed at the combine to go along with his additional weight.
-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.

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