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Vic Beasley | Defensive End

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

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Clemson senior edge rusher Vic Beasley named to The Associated Press All-American first team.
The 6-foot-3, 235-pound Beasley leads the ACC in sacks with 11 and in tackles for loss with 18.5. Beasley leaves Clemson as its all-time sack leader and has 32 entering the Russell Athletic Bowl, tied for fifth in ACC history in that category. The Clemson prospect is a natural pass rusher with good instincts and an ability to potentially become a sideline-to-sideline terror. NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah compares Beasley to former first-round pick Jerry Hughes. Dec 16 - 4:07 PM

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NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah believes Clemson senior edge rusher Vic Beasley will have to play OLB in the NFL after weighing in at 220 pounds last spring.

Beasley "wins with burst off edge and has a quick inside counter move," Jeremiah tweeted. "Wish he was bigger/stronger... stalls on power." Beasley has an obvious area where he wins, and teams will be able to utilize his edge speed and lateral movement even in just a sub-package role. However, most teams will want to draft a full-time player in the first-round. Jeremiah places Beasley in the second-round "in a good draft."
Dec 15 - 9:54 AM

ESPN's Mel Kiper labeled Clemson senior edge rusher Vic Beasley as a "prospect on the rise" and called him a "certain first-round pick in 2015."

"[Clemson coaches] rave about him as the best athlete in the program, and he has exceptional take-off quickness to go along with strong hands and counter moves," Kiper wrote. "What I love about Beasley: He won't just go around you; the guy will flat-out bull rush and push a tackle into a QB using his speed-to-power leverage." The Clemson prospect is a natural pass rusher with good instincts and an ability to potentially become a sideline-to-sideline terror. NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah compares Beasley to former first-round pick Jerry Hughes.
Dec 10 - 11:07 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that Clemson senior edge rusher Vic Beasley "gave [South Carolina left tackle Corey Robinson] fits" and showed off "explosive burst off the edge and near unblockable quickness in space."

Beasley finished with three tackles for loss, two sacks and a forced fumble in the game. "Beasley is simply a terror for blockers to handle in space and also has the speed in pursuit to chase down the quarterback or ballcarrier as well," Brugler wrote. "If Beasley can better control the momentum with his angles to consistently break down and not let average athletes like Dylan Thompson evade him, his draft stock will continue to rise." The main concern for NFL teams is Beasley's size, as he goes 6-foot-2, 220 pounds.
Source: CBS Sports
Dec 3 - 1:35 AM

ESPN's Kevin Weidl notes that Clemson senior edge rusher Vic Beasley "has some serious juice off the edge when cut loose."

"Vic Beasley has some serious juice off the edge when cut loose. Twitched up explosiveness, natural bend and a good inside change up," Weidl tweeted. The main concern for NFL teams might be Beasley's size. The senior is 6-foot-2, but only weighs 220 pounds. The Clemson prospect is a natural pass rusher who shows good instincts, and has the ability to generate disruption.
Nov 7 - 2:45 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay noted that Clemson senior edge rusher Vic Beasley has been "active and productive nearly every game this season."

McShay cited Beasley's 11.5 tackles for loss and eight sacks. McShay wrote that "Beasley's first-step quickness and closing speed are notches below elite, but he displays good speed-to-power potential as a pass-rusher." In McShay's eyes, Beasley "is at his best when shooting gaps, and shows good instincts and the ability to quickly locate the ball as a run defender." The main concern for NFL teams might be Beasley's size. The senior is 6-foot-2, but weighs in at just 220 pounds. Still, McShay believes Beasley "has the potential to develop into a sideline-to-sideline tackler."
Nov 5 - 6:17 PM

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

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