One of the premier pass rushers in this draft class is Vic Beasley. Beasley was a dominant pass rusher for the Clemson Tigers. He had 12 sacks this past season, including 2 against Cameron Erving of Florida State who could be a fellow first round selection.
Beasley has a long armed 6′ 2″ frame and he weighs 235 lbs. His game is all about explosive speed. He bursts off the ball with a fury and bets on his quickness to get outside of the tackles. He has a high motor, which is evident by how he never gives up on a play.
Nov 29, 2014; Clemson, SC, USA; Clemson Tigers defensive end Vic Beasley (3) sacks South Carolina Gamecocks quarterback Dylan Thompson (17) at Clemson Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports
The concern for Beasley is size and strength. He is a pass rusher who tries to play well against the run, but its not his specialty. When his quickness does not get him around the left tackle, he can get bullied, driven out of the play or knocked on his back. Beasley needs to learn to get tackles off balance and cut inside of them with his quickness.
With Beasley you can get a mixed reaction. Some may see him as a top 10 pick because of his great burst off the ball and his knack for sacking the passer. Others may see an undersized player who needs to develop more than just his pass rushing skills. Beasley is an outside linebacker but he is quite possibly suited best as a 4-3 defensive end. At first he may be used on passing downs like a pass rush specialist.
NFL comparison: Robert Mathis
Beasley has plenty of time to grow. His ability to get sacks will let him develop on the field and will make him a first round pick. Like Mathis, he will use his lean build and his quickness to get after quarterbacks.
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