Nov 15, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Clemson Tigers defensive end Vic Beasley (3) in action against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the first quarter at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
2. Vic Beasley, Clemson, OLB
Unfortunately, runner-up on our list is Clemson’s own Vic Beasley. An All-American, Beasley will no doubt be drafted in the first-round, maybe in the Top-10. Beasley’s speed when the ball snaps makes it hard for every ball carrier and his ability to move around blockers is outstanding. Beasley may display a small body, but has immense strength which makes him stand out from the rest.
He topped out every linebacker in the NFL Combine this year with bench pressing 35 times and running a 4.53 in the 40-yard dash. That says a lot from a linebacker, especially who stands at 6’3″. A linebacker with that height that moves quick and has a pop in his tackle is something to look at. The only downside to Beasley’s game is attacking the rush and seems to lose track of the play. Once he loses the play, he gets unmotivated which in turn makes him ineffective. Beasley’s main point of attack is the pass rush and has recorded seven career fumbles in his collegiate career.
Rumors are floating around that the New Orleans Saints are looking for a pass rusher like Beasley as he being compared to the Denver Broncos’ linebacker Von Miller. Both have differences regarding their physical statue, but both a have keen sense to get to the quarterback. Beasley leaves Clemson leading it’s all-time sack list with 32 and finished with 18.5 tackles for loss, something every NFL team looks for.
Next: 1. Dante Fowler Jr., Florida, OLB