His workout in Indianapolis was so good that some people compared it to that of former Boston College pass rusher Mike Mamula, who was a combine warrior in 1995 and was the No. 7 overall pick before failing to live up to expectations in the NFL.
Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan said he could see the comparison, but had one caveat: This year's workout wonder can play.
"The Mamula one jumps out at you, but the difference is, Vic Beasley's a baller," Ryan told ESPN.com. "I knew Beasley would blow it away, but he also led the nation in sacks and everything else. The guy is a great football player. It's not like it's a fluke, any of Beasley's numbers. The kid is a phenomenal athlete."
At the 1995 combine, Mamula ran a 4.58 in the 40, put up 28 reps in the bench press, and had a 38.5-inch vertical leap. Beasley ran a 4.53 in the 40, put up 35 reps, and had a 42-inch vertical.
It's no surprise that Ryan would have such lofty praise for Beasley, considering he's probably watched as much of him as any NFL coach; Ryan's son Seth is a wide receiver at Clemson.
Since the Bills do not have a first-round pick this year, they probably don't have a shot at Beasley, whom some analysts believe can be the first defensive player taken in the draft.
"I think that he's an instant-impact player in the NFL," former Clemson QB Tajh Boyd told reporters during Clemson's pro day. "People talk about Florida's] Dante Fowler and how he could be the No. 1 defensive player taken. But I think it would be a mistake not to take Vic first. Somebody asked me who you could compare him to. You can't do it with [J.J. Watt, because J.J. Watt is not as explosive as Vic, and J.J. Watt is the best defensive player in the league."