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Draft Prospect Profile: Clemson DE/OLB Vic Beasley




A consistent contributor at Clemson, Beasley capped a 33-sack career with 12 last season, although two-thirds of those came in a six-game cluster to start the season.

Although Beasley's 246-pound frame would indicate he would need to beat offensive tackles by sprinting around the edge, he did find some success getting underneath tackles and using his leverage to break through and generate pressure.

But with 4.53 speed, his most reliable move is the speed rush on the outside.

"First of all, I just like to use my speed. And then I'll use my rip (move)," Beasley said at the Combine.

His explosion on the edge makes him a more natural 3-4 outside linebacker than a 4-3 end. But he knows that his ability to diversify by dropping back in coverage needs work.

Teams really just want to see me dropping in coverage," Beasley said. "They haven't seen me with my hand off the ground that much and obviously they want me to play the 3-4 outside linebacker position at the next level, so they want to see me drop."



There will be questions about Beasley's ability to set the edge because of his sub-250-pound frame. But he will be an immediate asset in terms of his backside pursuit against the run.

In a similar manner to Von Miller, Beasley can use his speed to steer a runner outside to confine him to the sideline, where cornerbacks can stop the play.


Weight:246 pounds
Arm:32 1/2 inches (T-28th among 35 Combine edge rushers)
Hand:9 3/8 inches (T-30th among 35 Combine edge rushers)
40-yard dash:4.53 seconds (1st among 30 Combine edge rushers tested)
Bench press:35 repetitions (1st among 27 Combine edge rushers tested)
Vertical jump:41 inches (3rd among 27 Combine edge rushers tested)
Broad jump:10 feet, 10 inches (3rd among 27 Combine edge rushers tested)
Three-cone drill:6.91 seconds (3rd among 22 Combine edge rushers tested)
Short shuttle:4.15 seconds (T-2nd among 23 Combine edge rushers tested)

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