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- Position: Edge rusher (OLB)
- Class: Senior (redshirt)
- College: Clemson
- Ht/Wt: 6'3", 246 pounds
I really like watching Vic Beasley play football, and I believe that he can find himself on a Von Miller career arc if he joins the right defense. Beasley has an outstanding closing burst and a remarkable ability to bend around the edge. He speeds through tackles right into many sacks.
While he's a smaller-sized pass rusher, Beasley has a good amount of core power, pushing back big tackles several yards on a bull rush. That being said, in my observations he didn't really have a sense of what to do on his bull rush to finish the play. Beasley has a workable swim move and throws in the occasional spin, but his best move is by far the dip and rip around the edge.
Beasley has some occasional trouble disengaging from a straight-on block. If a lineman also has a strong core, Beasley will just be stonewalled in place. He likes to go outside a lot for his rushes, and that means that he doesn't set the edge consistently well in the run game.
There are several appealing pass rushers at the top of this year's draft. Vic Beasley is my favorite of the lot. He brings elite athleticism and dynamite pass rushing ability to a defense, and he's the right size where he could play with his hand in the dirt in certain schemes while excelling as an outside linebacker that primarily rushes the passer. His fluid movement has me thinking he would be fine in coverage as well. Productive, athletic edge rusher without character flaws? Sounds like a Top 5 pick to me.