Vic Beasley was one of the best performers at the 2015 NFL Combine this past week. Did Beasley’s strong showing catapult him over the other top pass rushers? Just how impressive was Beasley’s showing at the combine?
Here are the numbers:
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- 40 yard dash: 4.53 seconds
- Bench press: 35 reps
- Vertical jump: 41 inches
- Broad jump: 130 inches
- 3 cone drill: 6.91 seconds
- 20 yard shuffle: 4.15 seconds
The most impressive thing that stands out is Beasley’s strength. 35 reps at 225 lbs. on the bench press is very impressive. His vertical and broad jumps score higher than some receivers and defensive backs. This shows how strong his legs are and how explosive he is.
We knew that Beasley was fast and quick. What we needed to see is strength. These eye-popping numbers show us that he has more than enough of the prerequisite strength to be a beast in the NFL. This is something that did not always translate to his on the field performance. Beasley’s game seemed to be more about speed than power at Clemson.
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
This was exactly what NFL decision makers needed to see from Beasley at the combine. His 40 time confirmed what we already knew, that he was a speed demon for an outside linebacker or defensive end. What scouts needed to know, was whether or not he had the strength to be dominant against the 300 plus pound offensive tackles in the NFL. He answered these questions at the combine.
Beasley had the best 40 time of any outside linebacker or defensive lineman. He tied for the best bench press score of any outside linebacker or defensive lineman. Beasley had the 3rd best vertical jump and broad jump (Alvin “Bud” Dupree finished second in vertical jump and first in broad jump). Beasley had the fourth fastest 3 cone drill and the fifth best 20 yard shuttle.
Beasley certainly helped his cause in Indianapolis during the NFL Combine. While there are times when his game tape didn’t show his super strength, his combine results did. Beasley needs to work on the most physical aspects of his game to show that he is more than just a speedy pass rusher.
With good coaching at the next level, he could prove to be the best pass rusher of the 2015 NFL Draft class. It would be shocking to see him get past the Atlanta Falcons at the 8th overall pick.