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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

Clemson DT Grady Jarrett is "damn good" and "just might be worth a first-round pick" CBS Sports' Pete Prisco.

We agree. "I know [Vic] Beasley gets a lot of hype, and might be a top-10 pick, but [Grady] Jarrett was the better player in some of the games I watched," Prisco wrote. "He is quick off the ball, which helps him compensate for his lack of size. In the games I watched, the offensive linemen had a tough time handling him -- even when he was doubled. His penetration was a big problem for college offensive linemen." The analyst compares him to Geno Atkins. The 6-foot-1, 304-pound Jarrett is the son of former NFL linebacker Jessie Tuggle.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 19 - 9:50 PM

Clemson LB Stephone Anthony's "take-on technique and play recognition will need to continue to improve, but he has explosive power at the point of attack and he has rare straight-line speed for his size," observed ESPN's Todd McShay.

"His position fits are the same as Perryman's -- he can play either 4-3 MLB or 3-4 SILB," wrote McShay, who ranks Anthony as the No. 51 player in the draft. That grade is about in line with industry consensus, which posits that Anthony has moved himself into firm second-round territory.
Apr 18 - 9:09 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

Clemson DT Grady Jarrett "can get blown off the ball when he doesn't keep his pads down, and he will never be a guy who takes up a lot of space," wrote ESPN's Todd McShay.

"But he is quick enough to shoot through gaps and has the agility to finish plays in the backfield," McShay wrote. Jarrett compares his own game to undrafted Hall of Famer John Randle (6-foot-1, 287) and is fond of reminding evaluators that Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald (6-foot-1, 285) won the 2014 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. We love him. If Jarrett is available in the Round 2, we'd urge any team with an interior need to pull the trigger.
Apr 17 - 10:36 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

Clemson LB Stephone Anthony "is a sideline-to-sideline linebacker with the closing burst to chase down backs and the stopping power to limit production after contact," according to ESPN's Steve Muench.

"While he has limitations in coverage and he's just an average pass-rusher at this point, he doesn't have to leave the field on third down. He has the range and awareness to hold up in underneath zone, plus he flashes the ability to play the ball," Muench wrote. The analyst believes Anthony could be a Day 2 target of the 49ers, who lost ILBs Patrick Willis and Chris Borland to retirement. "It's also worth noting that the 49ers could move Ahmad Brooks inside and then target an outside linebacker like Utah's Nate Orchard on Day 2 or one of the more underrated players in this draft in North Dakota State's Kyle Emanuel on Day 3," Muench wrote. The 49ers have already "taken a close look" at Anthony, the Sacramento (Calif.) Bee reported earlier this month.
Mar 30 - 1:08 AM

Clemson LB Stephone Anthony "has the ability to be at least a consistent force at inside linebacker," writes NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

Anthony ranks as the No. 4 linebacker on the scribe's position rankings. "Anthony has the athleticism to be an NFL linebacker, but he's not an explosive talent," Zierlein wrote. "He tries to get downhill and make plays, but more often it feels like he's guessing rather than instinctive. He'll take high-risk chances that will turn some coaches off. Anthony can make it in the league but he might be more of a depth-chart player than a long-time starter." Zierlein compares Anthony to Zach Orr. At the combine, the 6-foot-2, 235-pound 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.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 29 - 11:07 PM

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."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 24 - 3:37 PM

Clemson LB Stephone Anthony "has the ability to be at least a consistent force at inside linebacker," writes NFLDraftScout.com's Frank Cooney.

"But based only on one major slip in college, the team that drafts him must make sure he remains actively engaged after finally getting a nice paycheck in his ninth consecutive year of competitive football," Cooney wrote. At the combine, the 6-foot-2, 235-pound 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. "I think my 40-time sparked a lot of people and just my athleticism through the different drills and definitely in the position work, watching me move," said Anthony. Added Cooney: "Those who questioned his speed and athleticism are rethinking their reports after Anthony's outstanding combine performance."
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 22 - 10:58 PM


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