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Clemson DE Vic Beasley says he's leaning toward entering draft

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Clemson junior defensive end Vic Beasley, who is tied for third nationally with 12 sacks, told reporters he is leaning toward going pro.

"I'm leaning toward coming out," Beasley told reporters after a practice Saturday, per greenvilleonline.com. "I haven't made a decision yet whether I'll come back or leave."

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He said he will announce his decision after the Jan. 3 Orange Bowl matchup with Ohio State. He'll spend most of that game going against Buckeyes star offensive tackle Jack Mewhort, an All-Big Ten selection.

The undersized Beasley (6-foot-2, 235 pounds), who has submitted paperwork to the NFL Draft Advisory Board, has 20 sacks and 27 tackles for loss in the past two seasons. He has said he knows there is a good possibility he will move to outside linebacker in the NFL.

Beasley's production tailed off as the season progressed; he had three sacks in the final six regular-season games.

He strictly was a pass rusher as a sophomore in 2012 but generally held up well against the run this season.

While Clemson coach Dabo Swinney is on board with junior wide receiver Sammy Watkins leaving early, he told reporters that Beasley and other Tigers underclassmen considering leaving need to do their due diligence when coming to a decision.

"I wouldn't go at a discount," Swinney said, according to postandcourier.com. "I think we've got a few guys that if they came out now, they're not going to get what I think they're worth."

Mike Huguenin can be reached at mike.huguenin@nfl.com. You also can follow him on Twitter @MikeHuguenin.

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