It's easy to be overlooked when playing across the way from All-American defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah, but NFL scouts liked what they saw in Bean throughout the last three years. His 2013 effort (34 tackles, 9.5 for loss, 4.5 sacks) was especially impressive coming off a redshirt season for a dislocated knee. In 2014, he again started all 13 games, racking up 42 tackles, six for loss, 3.5 sacks, and three forced fumbles. Bean was on the way to his best year as a senior, making 25 stops, 10.5 for loss, and 5.5 sacks in just the first eight games of 2015, but unfortunately, he missed the rest of the year with a torn ACL. Adding injury to the insult of being overlooked will probably hurt his draft status, but a patient team could find a real deal a year down the road.
Long, angular frame. Very reliable, rangy tackler. Has decent lateral quickness to chase perimeter runs. Bodies up and wraps up and can launch into successful finish while on the move. Allowed no broken tackles over the last three years. Uses spin move to disengage from blockers and as his inside rush move counter. Played with adequate quickness for T/E twists. Finished with 5.5 sacks in 2015.
Lacks the twitch and get off to climb the edge as pass rusher. Showed no consistent transition of speed-to-power from the edge. Below average awareness. Eyes don't see beyond line of scrimmage and failed to see play development quickly enough. Gave in too easily against smaller blockers. Tries to take on with lead shoulder rather than powerful hand usage. Lacking pass rush plan and consistent play speed.
Undrafted free agent
Looks the part on the hoof, but tape is a much different story. Bean is unable to count on edge speed or power as a traits-based pass rush attack and his hands are simply not skilled enough. He is an average athlete lacking plus power at the point of attack so his call might not come until very late or after the draft.