Vic Beasley Scouting Report
|Height & Weight:||6-3 - 246 lbs.|
|Draft Prediction:||Top 10|
2015 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:
Vic Beasley, DE, Clemson
Coming out of high school in Georgia, Beasley was a highly regarded athlete, having excelled at both running back and on defense. Beasley also averaged a double-double as an AAU basketball player.
Beasley earned first team All-ACC and All-American honors from numerous sources after both his junior and senior seasons. He was also a two time Lombardi Award nominee, and a finalist last season.
Beasley emerged as pass rushing threat his redshirt sophomore season with 8 sacks, and finished his career as Clemson's all-time leader with 33.
Beasley is an elite pass rusher, who uses his speed to beat opposing blockers around the edge. He has a high motor, constantly driving with his legs to try and move bigger blockers backwards even once engaged. Beasley played 4-3 defensive end at Clemson generously listed at 236 pounds, but bulked up to 246 pounds for the Scouting Combine and still managed to run a staggering 4.53 40-yard dash. That weight won't allow him to play defensive end on a consistent basis in the NFL for teams that run a 4-3 scheme, but he answered questions about whether he was big enough to play outside linebacker in a 3-4 system.
Beasley lacks the bulk to beat opposing blockers once he becomes engaged, and often becomes engulfed despite his best efforts to keep moving. He relies upon his outside speed rush too often, and lacks an effective inside counter move. As a defensive end, Beasley is not strong enough to effectively set the edge against the run, and as an outside linebacker, his ability to drop into coverage is still in question.
Beasley projects as a top end 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL. He played on special teams at Clemson, and should be able to contribute immediately, even if he's not a starter. However, most teams looking at him will expect him to start right away, and he should be up to that task. Beasley should be no worse than a top fifteen pick, and will likely be selected in the top ten. Given his athleticism and speed rush skills, he should be a safe pick given his versatility.