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NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah says the Falcons will select a pass rusher with pick No. 8.

Jeremiah mentions the likes of Vic Beasley, Shane Ray, Dante Fowler Jr. and Randy Gregory all as options at No. 8. In fact, Jeremiah believes the team should double dip with one of those four and Nate Orchard in the third round. It seems like the talent at the top of the draft matches up with the Falcons' biggest need.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 4 - 11:26 AM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein spoke with one NFC North scout who said a number of positive things about Clemson DT Grady Jarrett.

"Grady will take you on a ride when he gets into you," the scout says, adding grades among teams will vary at a high rate due to scheme fit and height/weight minimums. "Someone is going to get a good football player with him." Our own Josh Norris agrees, ranking Jarrett as a top 30 prospect in the class. Jarrett did add 16 pounds between the Senior Bowl and the Combine.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 3 - 12:35 PM

Clemson edge rusher Vic Beasley compares himself to Denver Broncos LB Von Miller.

"A lot of teams saw me with my hand in the ground, comparing me to guys like Cameron Wake," Beasley said. "But I like to compare myself to Von Miller. He's able to drop in coverage, and we have the same body size, so I try to compare myself after him." As with regular human beings, it's extremely difficult for prospects to perceive themselves accurately. That said, Beasley might be on to something here. Miller measured 6-foot-3, 246 pounds at the 2011 combine, identical to Beasley's measurements, and both ran 4.53 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Miller is a bit quicker and more agile, beating Beasley in the 3-cone (6.70 to 6.91) and 20-yard shuttle (4.06 to 4.15), while Beasley is stronger (35 reps to Miller's 21) and more explosive (41 inch vertical to 37).
Source: NFL.com
Mar 1 - 3:48 PM

Clemson edge rusher Vic Beasley is "top 10" in the draft and "could be the first pass rusher taken," notes NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt.

Prior to the combine, Beasley was considered a late first-rounder, a possible slide candidate into Round 2. After his dominant showing in Indy -- he showed up weighing a jacked 246 pounds, then posted an incredible 41-inch vertical leap and a 4.53 40-yard dash -- analysts now believe he could go in the top 10.
Feb 28 - 4:54 PM

The NFL will consider making changes to the drills prospects go through at the NFL Combine, according to Matt Birk.

"Once we look at the data that was gathered in-game this year, it may be important to know how fast a wide receiver or defensive back can go 60 yards. Maybe for an offensive lineman it's only 20 yards," Birk said. "We run the 40-yard dash in Indianapolis. Why? The only reason anyone can ever give you is, that's how it's always been done." That is the point though, Mr. Birk, to compare the trends in results across years and even decades. Each prospect is a blip, and data is added each year. These Combine results have been effectively used by the Seahawks and many other teams. This might punish those teams even though the goal is to help create a better experience. As Zach Whitman put it, continuing to run the 40 would preserve past data.
Source: ESPN
Feb 27 - 3:14 PM

One AFC scout noted "in theory" Clemson LB Stephone Anthony Combine performance "changes his scouting report from a two-down guy to a possible three-down linebacker."

Anthony recorded a 4.56 forty, 1.57 10 yard split, 37" vertical, 10'2" broad jump, 7.07 3-cone and 4.03 20 yard short shuttle. That is outstanding. Our issue, Anthony does not play even close to that speed due to the angles he takes when facing lineman and trash at the second level. He makes himself look like a much lesser athlete.
Source: The MMQB
Feb 27 - 11:06 AM

An AFC defensive coordinator said Clemson edge rusher Vic Beasley and ILB Stephone Anthony "really put on a show" at the combine.

"Between the two Clemson linebackers (Vic Beasley and Stephone Anthony), they really put on a show. Beasley is going high," the defensive coordinator said. Beasley's combine showing was a bit ridiculous. He showed up weighing a jacked 246 pounds, and then posted an incredible 41-inch vertical leap and a 4.53 40-yard dash. "Teams were even more impressed with how fluid he was in space and with his ability to change directions with ease," wrote NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein. As far as Anthony goes, the analyst added: "Anthony generated pre-combine buzz at the Senior Bowl practices, and then followed that up with a strong combine highlighted by a 4.56 40-yard dash with a 4.03 20-yard shuttle showing off outstanding lateral movement and change-of-direction ability."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 25 - 10:08 PM

Clemson edge rusher Vic Beasley "went through defensive back drills in preparation for the combine to help his footwork," according to NFL Media analyst Charles Davis.

"He went through defensive back drills in preparation for the combine to help his footwork, and it paid off. Beasley no longer takes a backseat to the likes of Randy Gregory, Dante Fowler and Shane Ray. A top-10 selection is not out of the question for him now," Davis wrote. Even with his added weight, the Clemson edge rusher ran a 4.53 forty without looking sluggish. Beasley recorded the top time out of all front-seven defenders, while excelling in on-field drills.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 25 - 2:29 PM

Clemson EDGE Vic Beasley's trainer, Tony Villani of XPE Sports, revealed how much the prospect improved during pre-Combine preparation.

Per Bruce Feldman, Beasley improved his vertical eight inches (41), dropped his forty by .15 seconds (4.53) all while gaining 13 pounds. Clemson LB Stephone Anthony, who also worked with Villani, had a tremendous Combine that does not always stand out on tape. Some might think this is unfair or produces an unrealistic result, but all prospects now go through rigorous training so it is an even playing field.
Source: Fox Sports
Feb 25 - 10:42 AM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline notes that Clemson senior ILB Stephone Anthony "is a favorite of defensive coordinator Dom Capers."

"Staying with the Pack, I’m told they are very high on Stephone Anthony, who would fill a need at inside linebacker. Anthony had 16 official visits at the combine and the first team he met with was Green Bay. I was informed Anthony is a favorite of defensive coordinator Dom Capers," Pauline wrote. With inside linebacker being one of the biggest needs for the Packers, Anthony does make sense as a second-day option. The Clemson prospect improved his stock at the Senior Bowl, and showed that he has potential to be a three-down player.
Feb 23 - 2:42 PM

Clemson EDGE Vic Beasley is "a better football player right now than (Shaq) Thompson," according to an NFL scout.

"He's just running around being an athlete," a different scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "If you played him as a 4-3 'will' (weak-side LB) you'd take away what he does best. He can really run. He understands leverage. They don't crush him." Beasley recorded 33 sacks and 52.5 tackles for loss over the past two seasons. He destroyed combine testing, locking up a first-round call.
Feb 22 - 11:28 PM

Clemson's Stephone Anthony is "one of the best ILB prospects in the draft no one is paying attention to," noted TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

The analyst added that he was happy to see Anthony "tear it up" at Sunday's combine workouts. Anthony posted a sensational 4.56 forty. He chipped in 23 bench press reps, a 37-inch vertical, and a 122-inch broad jump. The 6-foot-2, 235-pound Anthony, a prototypical inside linebacker, has had his anticipation questioned in the past, but nobody will take issue with his athleticism after today. NFL.com compares him to Zach Orr.
Feb 22 - 4:10 PM

Clemson EDGE Vic Beasley recorded a 1.59 10 yard split on his 4.53 forty.

Beasley, who showed up at 6'3" 246 lbs with 32 1/2" arms, had quite a workout. Along with 35 bench press reps, Beasley has 41" vertical and 10'10" broad jump. He has cemented himself as a first-round selection.
Feb 22 - 1:11 PM

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock said Clemson edge rusher Vic Beasley's combine weigh-in will be closely monitored.

Beasley, a stud DE at Clemson, will move to outside linebacker in the NFL. "The concern around the league is whether he is underpowered," Mayock said. In the pros, Beasley will have to take on blocks and hold his ground in the run game. An NFC East scout recently told NFL.com that teams should think of Denver's use of Von Miller and consider Beasley as a 4-3 outside linebacker. "I know everyone will have him pegged as a 3-4 edge guy, but I think 4-3 defenses would be crazy not to consider him as a WILL or SAM who can bump down as an edge rusher in third downs. Denver does it with Von Miller, so why not consider it?" the scout said. The 6-foot-3, 235-pound Beasley finished with 11 sacks and 21.5 TFL in 2014.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 16 - 11:14 PM

An NFC East scout said teams should think of Denver's use of Von Miller and consider Clemson edge rusher Vic Beasley as a 4-3 outside linebacker.

"I know everyone will have him pegged as a 3-4 edge guy, but I think 4-3 defenses would be crazy not to consider him as a WILL or SAM who can bump down as an edge rusher in third downs. Denver does it with Von Miller, so why not consider it?" the scout said. The 6-foot-3, 235-pound Beasley finished with 11 sacks and 21.5 TFL in 2014. "Like Miller, who was perhaps the best linebacker prospect in 2010, Beasley projects as a 3-4 outside linebacker and is considered one of the best pure edge rushers in the 2015 draft," NFL.com's Lance Zierlein wrote. "He's an explosive athlete who is always first off the snap and has outstanding closing burst. The question is whether he has the size to be a three-down player. He needs to shed blocks more consistently against the run, and some scouts are concerned about his lack of an alpha-dog mentality. This NFC scout, however, believes Beasley has the elite talent to play in a 4-3 defense as well as a 3-4."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 13 - 2:59 AM


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