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Vic Beasley | Defensive End

Team: Clemson Tigers
Age / DOB:  (23) / 7/8/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 235

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Rotoworld's Evan Silva graded the Falcons' draft as a "B+" effort.
"One of my favorite moves of draft weekend was a day-three trade with Minnesota that netted Atlanta disruptive and versatile interior presence [Grady] Jarrett and only cost the Falcons a sixth-round pick," Silva wrote. Vic Beasley was worth a top-10 pick, and Atlanta got value or better on their next four selections in LSU CB Jalen Collins, Indiana RB Tevin Coleman, East Carolina WR Justin Hardy and Jarrett. ESPN's Mel Kiper gave Atlanta a "B" grade. "If there's a question mark here, it's the offensive line, where they didn't get any help at guard," he wrote. "I like this draft, especially with the curveball they dealt with regarding the class of pass-rushers." May 4 - 9:49 PM
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Falcons selected Clemson DE Vic Beasley with the No. 8 overall pick in the 2015 draft.

Beasley (6'3/246) was a two-time first-team All American at Clemson, finishing his career as the school's all-time leader in sacks (33) while piling up 52.5 tackles for loss as a 25-game starter. Beasley's stock got a jolt at the Combine, where he shredded every test, including the Wonderlic (29). With 4.53 speed, a 41-inch vertical, and an absurd 10-foot-10 broad jump, Beasley is an explosive, quick-twitch athlete with an elite get-off and rare edge speed. Beasley should threaten for eight-plus sacks as a rookie and eventually be an annual double-digit-sack producer. He'll man the LEO spot from day one in coach Dan Quinn's defense.
Apr 30 - 9:02 PM

Referring to Clemson edge rusher Vic Beasley's struggles with the run, ESPN NFL Insider Jon Gruden points out that "Jared Allen and DeMarcus Ware ... know you have to stop the run to set up situations to be able to rush the passer."

Beasley had 33 sacks with the Tigers, but Gruden mentions that he needs space to excel. Beasley can bench press with some of the top edge rushers in the class, but Gruden sees another issue when evaluating his run defense. "When I watch Beasley, I don't feel like he wants to get into the bottom of that pile," he said. "I want to see him retrace and be a part of the tackle, be a part of the pile. Opposing coaches will shift a tackle and a tight end into an unbalanced line and find Beasley if they think they can overpower him -- he won't just be allowed to play in space." Todd McShay is another vocal critic of Beasley's.
Apr 29 - 5:35 PM

One NFL scout believes Clemson edge rusher Vic Beasley is a one year wonder.

The comment came up when discussing Dante Fowler, as the scout said the Florida edge rusher is "not a one-year wonder like (Clemson's Vic) Beasley." We do not know how Beasley can be termed this - by any definition. In fact, Beasley was even more productive, in terms of sacks, in 2013 (13) compared to 2014 (12). We consider Beasley a top 10 prospect in this class.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 27 - 1:55 PM

An anonymous NFL executive expects Clemson edge rusher Vic Beasley to go between Nos. 7 and 13.

The Chicago Bears pick No. 7 and the New Orleans Saints select No. 13. Interestingly, TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline is reporting that New Orleans would "consider trading up" for Beasley. "Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan loves Beasley’s pass rushing ability and potential in a 3-4," Pauline wrote. Beasley could also fit as a 4-3 end. The 6-foot-3, 246-pound Beasley is Mel Kiper's No. 16 prospect.
Apr 23 - 11:28 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that the Saints will "consider trading up if they feel they are in striking distance" of Clemson edge rusher Vic Beasley.

"Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan loves Beasley’s pass rushing ability and potential in a 3-4," Pauline wrote. The Saints sit at No. 13, but are one of two teams that own two first-round picks (the Browns are the other). ESPN's Kevin Weidl noted the great fit between Beasley and the Saints last month. New Orleans finished 25th in the league with 34 sacks last year and desperately needs a gifted rusher. Beasley ran 4.53 seconds in the 40-yard dash at 246 pounds at the combine.
Apr 23 - 11:15 PM

Football Outsider's SackSEER ranked Clemson edge rusher Vic Beasley as the best prospect it analyzed.

The projection metric compared Beasley to Von Miller and Andre Carter, taking a shine to both Beasley's otherworldly production (33 career sacks) and his jaw-dropping combine performance, which some put up there with the best test showings of all time. Not everyone is on board with Beasley as a top-10 pick, though. ESPN's Todd McShay wrote recently that he's "not as high on" Beasley as others because he "didn't see any power element to his game on tape." The 6-foot-3, 246-pound Beasley is Mel Kiper's No. 16 prospect.
Apr 22 - 6:09 PM

Clemson edge rusher Vic Beasley is visiting with the Redskins on Tuesday, according to Walter Football.

The Washington Redskins hold the No.5 selection, and could look to replace Brian Orakpo's production via the draft. The Clemson prospect, has the raw talent and pure athleticism off the edge, that Washington's defense could utilize. The Redskins defense only notched 36 sacks in 2014, with 13.5 coming from Ryan Kerrigan. Washington would love to get after the quarterback, and Beasley, who had 33 career sacks during his time at Clemson, could be the pass rusher high on their list.
Apr 21 - 3:50 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay writes that he's "not as high on [Clemson edge rusher Vic Beasley] as some others are, because I didn't see any power element to his game on tape."

Indeed, McShay ranks Beasley No. 41 overall, while some others call him a top-10 talent. "I also have a hard time putting a top-15 type of grade on a defensive front-seven defender that turns down contact and likes to pile-inspect," McShay wrote. "Yes, his production at Clemson was off the charts. And yes, his workout numbers are rare. I also believe he is a hard worker with good football character. But I just don't see the value as a first-half-of-the-first-round draft pick. When it's all said and done, Beasley might be best suited to play off-the-line in a role somewhat similar to that of Von Miller (Broncos) or Anthony Barr (Vikings)." The 6-foot-3, 246-pound Beasley will visit the Redskins and Jets next week.
Apr 18 - 5:35 PM

NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport reports that Clemson edge rusher Vic Beasley will visit with the Titans on Wednesday, and visit the Redskins and Jets next week.

The 6-foot-3, 246-pound Beasley has earned his flying miles as of late, meeting with multiple teams in the top 10. The teams already on Beasley's visit list: Titans (No. 2), Jaguars (No. 3), Redskins(No. 5), Jets (No. 6), Falcons(No. 8), and the Rams (No. 10).
Apr 15 - 2:07 PM

Based on both game film and measurables by ESPN, Clemson edge rusher Vic Beasley compares to Bruce Irvin.

"The gap in power and size are too much for me to get on board with the comparisons to Watt and Williams, who were far better run defenders than Beasley coming out of college," wrote ESPN's Steve Muench. "Clay Matthews is another name worth mentioning, but you'd be hard-pressed to come up with a better comparison than Irvin considering his explosiveness rushing off the edge and his need to win with quickness to be effective against the run." In addition to Irvin, John Parolin of the Stats & Information Group sees in Beasley's numbers J.J. Watt and Mario Williams. "Both Beasley and Irvin are exactly 6-3 and within one pound of each other," he wrote. "Beasley's speed/quickness measurables fall just shy of Irvin's, but his 35 bench press reps at 246 pounds match Williams' (at 295) and beat Watt's (34 at 290). The sum of Beasley's height, arm length and vertical jump is actually higher than the sum of Watt's scores."
Apr 6 - 2:00 AM

Clemson EDGE Vic Beasley is working out for the Falcons on Monday, according to D. Orlando Ledbetter.

We aren't sure if Beasley makes it to pick No. 8. Dan Quinn seems to prioritize length more than his other peers in the Seattle defense tree and Beasley certainly would not match the criteria with 32.5" arms. Still, he offers ridiculous explosion and edge bend to disrupt the pocket.
Mar 30 - 11:08 AM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein believes Clemson edge rusher Vic Beasley is a "high-impact talent, but needs to crank up competitive nature in order to reach his potential."

"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," Zierlein wrote. The 6-foot-3, 246-pound Beasley lacks the ideal size at the next level to play DE, but should be a highly productive pass rusher as a 3-4 OLB. Beasley recorded 33 career sacks during his time at Clemson and was a natural, as a pass rusher. Zierlein calls Beasley "one of the best pure edge rushers in the draft, but needs more sophistication to his approach."
Mar 24 - 3:37 PM

Clemson edge rusher Vic Beasley's "rare combination of athletic abilities keep moving him up draft boards and, although he needs to work on shedding blockers, he can already avoid them well enough to be a consistent trouble-maker," noted's Frank Cooney.

"Beasley's freakish athleticism will be best displayed at outside linebacker in the NFL," Cooney wrote. "He leverages a blink-quick first step into an effective array of pass rush moves. If a blocker steps out to take on the up-field rush, Beasley darts inside. Or vice versa. Although he seems to have abilities to play sideline-to-sideline, Beasley appears lost doing something other than chasing down somebody in the backfield." The 6-foot-3-inch Beasley ran the 40-yard dash in 4.53 seconds at the combine and posted 44.5 TFL over the last two seasons. "Teams really just want to see me dropping in coverage," Beasley himself said. "They haven't seen me with my hand off the ground that much and obviously they want me to play the 3-4 outside linebacker position at the next level, so they want to see me drop."
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 22 - 5:11 PM

An AFC defensive coordinator said Clemson edge rusher Vic Beasley is the best outside linebacker in the draft.

"He's pretty much what you are looking for if you are a 3-4 team," the DC said. "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." The 6-foot-3-inch Beasley ran the 40-yard dash in 4.53 seconds at the combine and posted 44.5 TFL over the last two seasons. Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan compared Beasley's Indy workout to Mike Mamula's famous showing in 1995.
Mar 19 - 8:23 PM