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Vic Beasley | Defensive End

Team: Clemson Tigers
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 235

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NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah compared Clemson senior edge rusher to former first-round pick Jerry Hughes.
A couple of years ago this might have read like a criticism, but Hughes is now a very good player after landing in a scheme that fits his strengths. Beasley took criticism earlier in the season, mainly from those focused on production, but when watching the tape he is able to work through his man in pass protection and frequently faced a second blocker. Beasley could be more consistent, however, a rotation in the NFL will help that. Oct 23 - 11:40 AM

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NFL Media's Mike Mayock believes Clemson senior edge rusher Vic Beasley has rare athletic traits.

Mayock notes teams will question Beasley's size and strength, but he loves how the edge rusher runs the arc with acceleration. "It is the outside speed that sets everything else up," Mayock said. "The problems he sometimes has is at the point of attack. If that big tackle gets on him, both in the run or the pass game, he doesn't have the length or the strength to get off of him." The longtime evaluator takes soft approach when projecting Beasley's first-round draft slot, which makes sense since it is only October. Beasley is still generating disruption this year despite what the numbers say.
Source: NFL.com
Oct 3 - 8:40 AM

Clemson senior edge rusher Vic Beasley has dominated the college game this season with "remarkable speed, quickness and athleticism off the edge," writes NFL.com's Bucky Brooks.

Beasley has collected six sacks, seven tackles for loss and a quarterback hurry in four games. "Beasley obliterated Florida State OT Cameron Erving with his explosive athleticism in a Sept. 20 game, and Beasley wore out young North Carolina OT John Ferranto with his speed, agility and burst on Saturday night," Brooks wrote. "Beasley finished the night with two sacks and he completely changed the way the Tar Heels' offensive coaches called the game due to his persistent pressure off the edge. North Carolina was forced to attack the Tigers with quick throws and bubble screens as Clemson's defense was able to dictate the pace of play and impose its will for most of the night." The 6-foot-3, 235-pounder still has work to do, however. "Now, I must point out that Beasley's skills against the run still need work," Brooks wrote. "He gets knocked off the ball by big, physical offensive tackles at the point of attack."
Source: NFL.com
Sep 30 - 7:56 PM

Clemson senior edge rusher Vic Beasley's "performance was brilliant compared to a year ago" in Saturday's loss to Florida State, according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Beasley, who was "handled all game by Seminoles left tackle Cameron Erving" in 2013, according to Pauline, held to two tackles and no sacks, bounced back with two sacks in the first half on Saturday. "The senior terrorized Florida State all night," Pauline wrote. "It was obvious Florida State focused on Beasley as two blockers were assigned to him most of the night. The end result was Beasley breaking through blocks to make plays or the creation of opportunities for teammates. Most impressive was his ability rushing the passer out of a three point stance as well as standing up over tackle. This time around Erving looked intimidated and confused through much of the game."
Sep 22 - 7:52 PM

Clemson senior edge rusher Vic Beasley won Saturday's matchup against Florida State senior LT Cameron Erving, according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Erving was the superior player early in the game, but "Beasley's rare burst and underrated combination of hand play and upper body strength began to take over," Rang wrote. Beasley, who was held to two tackles and no sacks in this game last year, had two sacks in the first half on Saturday. "At 6-foot-2, 235 pounds, Beasley is often characterized as just a pass rusher," Rang wrote. "As such, he's been projected by many, including NFLDraftScout.com, as a potential outside linebacker convert. Due to his size, Beasley is likely to be one of the more hotly debated prospects inside NFL scouting circles. Given today's pass-happy offenses, clubs are increasingly willing to trade explosiveness for size among pass rushers, as top 15 selections over the past four years of Von Miller (6-3, 250), Bruce Irvin (6-3, 248), Barkevious Mingo (6-4, 240) and Khalil Mack (6-3, 247) suggest."
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 22 - 12:07 AM

Clemson senior edge rusher Vic Beasley's matchup this weekend against Florida State (and stud senior LT Cameron Erving) is key to his draft stock, writes NFL.com's Charles Davis.

In last year's ugly loss to the Seminoles, Beasley had merely two tackles, zero sacks and no quarterback hits. "He has something to prove vs. the defending champs, and he'll face a tough test rushing off the edge against the Seminoles' offensive tackle tandem of Cameron Erving (left) and Bobby Hart (right)," Davis wrote. "Erving is considered one of the top left tackle prospects in college football, and Hart is a very solid player in his own right (All-ACC honorable mention last season). Beasley said recently that he thinks he's a better player than 2014 No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney. We love the confidence, but Beasley needs to show he's a better player than the Clowney of 2012 (13 sacks), not '13 (three sacks)." In his last two games, Beasley has only six tackles, including three for a loss.
Source: NFL.com
Sep 19 - 5:42 PM

Clemson senior edge rusher Vic Beasley vs. FSU senior LT Cameron Erving "will once again be one of the keys of this year's Clemson vs. FSU matchup, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Against the Seminoles last season, he was shut down with only two tackles as senior LT Cameron Erving (6-5 | 304 | 5.16 | #75) and the Florida State offensive line kept him out of the backfield. Beasley vs. Erving will once again be one of the keys of this year's matchup," Brugler wrote. In the last two games, Beasley has only six tackles, with three for a loss for a combined minus-24 yards. While Brugler notes that Beasley's "lack of size and strength are question marks for his transition to the NFL," he believes that Tigers prospect's first step burst and explosive pursuit are excellent."
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 18 - 2:17 PM

Clemson senior edge rusher Vic Beasley believes he is better than Jadeveon Clowney.

"I feel like I’m the better player," Beasley said. The 6-foot-3, 235-pound Beasley acknowledged Clowney's size advantage at 6-foot-5, 266 pounds. The senior has collected 23 sacks the last three years, which means he'll likely top Clowney’s career total of 24 career sacks over the next few months, though he'll obviously have needed more games to do it. "I feel like I’ve got the best first step in college football," Beasley said.
Sep 15 - 9:42 PM

CBS Sports's Rob Rang believes Clemson senior edge rusher Vic Beasley will be helped by the NFL's new paradigm of sacrificing size for speed on the outside.

Rang ranks Beasley as the No. 9 overall preseason prospect. "With pressure on the quarterback priority No. 1 on defense, teams are more willing than ever to trade size for speed off the edge," Rang wrote. "Like recent 'undersized' but first round rushers Von Miller, Bruce Irvin, Barkevious Mingo and Dee Ford, Beasley boasts a lightning-quick first-step and the agility to stalk mobile quarterbacks." The 6-foot-2, 235-pounder, who had 23 tackles for a loss in addition to 13 sacks in 2013, plans to drop into coverage more often in 2014.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 25 - 9:29 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline says many were surprised when he didn't rate Clemson senior edge rusher Vic Beasley as the ACC's best prospect.

"I like Beasley as a player but have my concerns as where he’ll fit at the next level; is he a 3-4 outside linebacker? One-gap defensive end? The history of smallish defensive ends who received huge grades from scouts, as Beasley did in spring meetings, is not good," Pauline wrote. The 6-foot-2, 235-pounder, who had 23 tackles for a loss in addition to 13 sacks in 2013, plans to drop into coverage more often in 2014. "The other day during a twitter conversation I mentioned the names Quentin Moses and Quentin Groves from the past, similar players who were ranked by some scouting services prior to their senior seasons as the top prospects in the nation," Pauline wrote. "That doesn’t pigeon hole Beasley as all prospects should be graded individually but I think he’s as scheme-specific prospect that may not appeal to every team. On film Beasley shows great pass rush skill and the ability to easily change direction then catch ball handlers in backside pursuit."
Aug 17 - 1:54 PM

NFL.com grades Clemson senior edge rusher Vic Beasley as the 14th-best player in college football.

"Exceptional pass rusher with cat-like quickness and burst off the edge," said Bucky Brooks. Beasley received three top-10 votes from the panel. "Stand next to him, and you'd think you're next to a mild-mannered college student. But watch him on the field. He's an explosive pass rusher who is a heck of a lot stronger than he looks, and he's not bad against the run, either," said Mike Huguenin. The 6-foot-2, 235-pounder plans to drop into coverage more often in 2014. He returned for his senior year after receiving a 2nd-round grade from the NFL Advisory Committee. Beasley had 23 tackles for a loss in addition to 13 sacks in 2013. "Preseason defensive POY in the ACC," Charles Davis said.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 13 - 3:43 PM

Clemson senior edge rusher Vic Beasley spent the offseason preparing for the NFL and plans to drop into coverage more often in 2014.

The 6-foot-2, 235-pounder said Sunday at the ACC Kickoff media event he would like to play at 240 this fall. "Any size I put on will be beneficial," he said. When asked what he had worked on the most this offseason, Beasley said "dropping back into coverage." He'll transition to 3-4 outside linebacker at the next level. NFL.com's Bucky Brooks wrote that Beasley could "thrive in a Von Miller-like role" in the NFL, adding that Beasley is a more natural pass rusher than former top 10 picks Dion Jordan and Barkevious Mingo. The Clemson prospect returned for his senior year after receiving a 2nd-round grade from the NFL Advisory Committee. Beasley had 23 tackles for a loss in addition to 13 sacks in 2013.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 20 - 11:30 PM

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks believes Clemson senior edge rusher Vic Bealsey is a more natural pass rusher than former top 10 picks Dion Jordan and Barkevious Mingo.

Brooks adds Beasley shows better instincts than the other two previously mentioned. "Every NFL evaluator would love to find a finished product, but the best decision makers are capable of identifying the developmental potential of dynamic athletes and forecasting their impact as disruptive players," Brooks writes. "Beasley is an intriguing developmental prospect with immense talent and potential."
Source: NFL.com
Jul 8 - 1:00 PM

CBS Sports' Derek Stephens believes "with some added bulk and a better showing against the run" in 2014, Clemson senior edge rusher Vic Beasley could be "considered a top-15 prospect"

"Beasley may be a one-trick pony, but he's positioned to be considered the best in the '15 draft class at that one trick, and with some added bulk and a better showing against the run this season, look for him to be considered a top-15 prospect," Stephens wrote. The Clemson prospect returned for his senior year after receiving a 2nd-round grade from the NFL Advisory Committee. Beasley had 23 tackles for a loss in addition to 13 sacks in 2013. The 6-foot-3, 225 pound Beasley needs to add size and continue to improve as a dominant edge rusher, to have his name called in the top-half of the first-round in 2015.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 2 - 11:20 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks Clemson senior edge rusher Vic Beasley as his No. 1 senior outside linebacker.

"An explosive pass-rusher who clears with speed, Beasley is also pretty good with his hands, even with his lack of experience after converting from running back. He could have factored into Round 1 in 2014, given the dearth of pass-rushers, but he comes back looking for refinement," Kiper wrote. Instead of Beasley leaving early for the NFL, the Tigers got an added bonus with Beasley coming back for his senior year. The Clemson prospect has a chance to maximize his opportunity as a player, by working on his technique and also earning his degree. Beasley has 21 career sacks and 31 tackles for loss. He ranked third nationally and led the ACC with 13 sacks in 2013 and added 23 tackles for loss. If he continues off of last year's success, he'll have an opportunity to improve his draft stock and perhaps go higher in the first round of the draft.
Jun 13 - 5:47 PM