Position: Defensive End
Beasley possesses rare quickness/twitch that he displays consistently from down to down. He has a tremendous get off paired with superb snap timing ability, resulting in incredible explosion out of both his 2pt & 3pt stances. He has elite bend in his hips coming off the edge to sink and flatten as well as the dorsiflexion to run the loop at freaky angles. His lateral COD is the first perfect score I have given a player in this class on any trait thus far, it is that special. He has the ability to start, stop, start with mind-numbing precision and quicks, which also speaks to his spectacular foot fire and coordination. His rare neuromuscular efficiency is what enables him to execute such drastic quickness in his movements which is a kudos to Clemson’s strength & conditioning team.
Section Grade: 8.5
Pride / Quit
Beasley is extremely consistent in his production versus both the run and the pass as well as his effort. True snap to whistle player. He is a 2-year starter who exudes toughness in the trenches and holds up in this area as well very, very well with a listed playing weight of 235. He has virtually lived in opponents’ backfields in his career amassing 52.5 TFL and has terrorized quarterbacks with 33 sacks. Beasley tracks the ball all over the field both laterally and from the backside, showing a high motor and tenacity on contact with ballcarriers. Plays with a swagger you like to see.
Section Grade: 7.7
Learn / Retain
Instinct / Reaction
Beasley has an innate feel for his position and displays high FBI. He often breaks off his pass rush to make plays that are clearly instinctual rather than schemed up. Case in point is the ’14 Georgia tape when Beasley is in short zone in the MOF. The RB runs a short button hook behind Beasley as another RB swings to the flats and he has to make a decision. Feeling the RB behind him, he stays disciplined rather than chase the flats as the QB dumps it off to the MOF RB & Beasley is there for a quick tackle, saving a big gain. Beasley has a very special understanding of setting up blockers as well. In the tapes I watched Beasley would start games rushing primarily to the outside shoulder, baiting them, and unleashing his devastating quickness with a spin or inside rip when it was least expected. He always seems to be zoned in on the tape, very rarely misreading a play or being slow to react.
Section Grade: 7.5
Strength / Explosion
Beasley is built like a premier edge rusher: very developed muscularity, ripped throughout, and good length for his size. Beasley is very explosive in several ways, namely in his handwork and get off/first-step. He uses both to convert speed to power very impressively considering his size and he shows the ability to set an edge. He beats blockers both inside & outside the numbers in his pass rush and never stops moving his feet on contact. One trait that allows himself to generate so much explosion is the outstanding leverage he plays with regularly. While he can be very effective in the run game by getting under blockers or by using exceptional agility to avoid blocks, angle blocks can give him trouble as he simply doesn’t have the sand to hold the POA here. He is tremendously twitched up in his movements, particularly laterally. The ’14 UNC tape he burst outside of the LT’s shoulder getting him overcompensating to the outside before planting his inside foot and stopping on a dime. The LT overextends badly while Beasley cuts inside looking like a premier tailback in his suddenness. His athleticism is worthy of the term “freaky.” Beasley has only suffered some nicks in his career and since being named a starter in ’13 hasn’t missed a game.
Section Grade: 7.6
7.5 Read & React
Beasley is a hyperactive, hyperaware player who is always keying on the ball. He has the ability to click/close in a flash while also showing discipline to not overreact. Needs to reel in on screens as he has tried to get to the QB before the ball is released rather than peel back sooner. *Made one very bad read in the tape versus FSU in ’14 where he gave up the edge by going inside of a FB block rather than meet him head on, resulting in the game winning run by Karlos Williams. Overall, much more refined here than these two aforementioned discrepancies would indicate.
8.5 Initial Quicks
Shoots out of the cannon at the snap while possessing enormous amounts of twitch to shake n bake blockers
7 Play Strength
Very stout at the POA through refined and consistent use of leverage. Has a very strong lockout with powerful enough hands/arms to create initial separation on contact, while stabbing to set the edge. Can get engulfed if he doesn’t win the initial fight due to his lack of size/sand but is very feisty in the run game
8 Use of Hands
Vic has exceptionally quick hands and is extremely technical in his hand placement, particularly when rushing the QB. He uses a very fast/strong/well-timed slap when he’s running the loop that keep blockers’ hands off his body
6.5 Shed Blockers
Sheds blockers best when its done quickly and has the ability to dismantle TE/RB blocks with ease. Can struggle if he’s locked on too long with OL in the box
6.5 Run at Him
Can hold up at POA with a powerful jolt/strong lockout with very active feet on contact but will get sealed if he’s angle blocked or not off the block quickly
7 Pursuit / Range
Beasley excels at chasing down QBs out of the pocket and has accumulated several sacks from very impressive speed/range. Tracks down ballcarriers backside consistently as well
Beasley is a good, solid tackler who can wrap up with heavy hands to separate the ball but needs work to become more consistent. Saw a couple of bad lounges on tape
8 Closing Burst
Beasley is an exceptionally well coordinated athlete who is very efficient in determining where he wants to go, firing his feet, and getting to speed. Closes the gap between himself the ball with tenacity and speed
6 Power Rush
Has the ability to drive back blockers by using his rare quickness to get blockers off balance. Can win with power when this happens but won’t consistently push the pocket versus a strong anchor
9 Speed Rush
Beasley’s quickness both out of his stance/laterally & technique coming off the edge are truly rare and refined for a college player. He sets up OL every game by working the outside/inside lanes and wins most with a perfectly timed slap off the edge while simultaneously dipping his shoulder, bending, and closing off to the QB barely giving a surface to touch
Beasley is a very disciplined player but not without the occasionally blunder (see end of ’14 FSU tape) as he can take chances with his athleticism, sometimes getting burned. He has an innate feel on the field and makes plays based on instinct as much as sheer speed or range
Section Grade: 7.3
8.5 INITIAL QKS
8.5 PLAY SPEED
7 PLAY STR
Section Grade: 7.5
Overall Grade: 7.7
- 32 1/2 arms, 9 3/8 hands, 4.53 40 yard dash, 35 reps, 41 inch vertical, 10-10 broad jump, 6.91 3 cone, 4.15 20 yd shuttle
Possesses elite athletic tools and a very sturdy, developed body type. Plays with tenacity and has tons of twitch in his get off and movements. Excels coming off the edge and has an arsenal of moves to win with. Very technical, disciplined player who chases backside and has the range to close out angles. Can set an edge, get under power with superb use of leverage, and knife double teams. Instincts to be scheme versatile and play a handful of positions on the next level.
Limited growth size/strength wise on his frame, won’t collapse the pocket consistently, nor is he always a disciplined player. Will attempt to win with his premier athleticism at times rather than scale it back when he needs to particularly on screens/avoiding head up blocks.
Beasley lines up in a 2pt & 3pt stance an equal amount on both sides of the field. Plays in a 3-4 defense with lots of nickel/dime DE snaps. Beasley is a RS senior who will turn 23-years old before the 2015 NFL season (July). He has been a full-time starter for the last two seasons and has had an outstanding college career in terms of production, earning consensus First-Team All-American honors in ’13/’14. He finished his career with 89 total tackles, 72 solo, 52.5 TFL, 33 sacks, 7 forced fumbles, 2 recovered, 11 PBUs, 29 QB hurries, and 2 TDs in 48 games played with only 25 starts. His 2014 season saw him finish with 34 total tackles, 28 solo, 21.5 TFL, 12 sacks, 2 FF, 1 recovery, 1 TD, and 3 PBUs.
Beasley possesses rare and special athleticism with developed muscularity throughout his frame. He has thick arms, legs, and good length for his height. Beasley has been a first-round pick the last two seasons in college and shocked some people when he decided to forgo the NFL last year but made the right choice as he’s a premier talent in this class.
Beasley wins with a refined application of leverage that he consistently demonstrates both versus the run and the pass. He gets under blockers coming downhill at him and leaves tiny surfaces for them to block coming off the edge. Beasley times the snap exceptionally well and shoots out of his stance with burst and speed. He puts a ton of pressure on OL off the edge and uses it to his advantage by setting them up by working outside to inside. His best and most consistently used move is to use his elite get off to get OL “chasing” him to the outside while he uses very fast hands to slap their hands away while simultaneously dipping his shoulder. He has freaky bend in his hips and dorsiflexion which he uses to get perpendicular to the block, making it nearly impossible for the OL to get their hands on anything. His hip bend allows him to finish by flattening out to the QB. Once he wins here a few times he will use a devastating spin move that is extremely smooth and effective. He also has a strong inside rip and can win in a variety of ways immediately. Through his previously mentioned use of leverage and very good upper body strength/lockout he often will stymie blocks in the run game from pulling OL or fullbacks head up by getting underneath their pads. He locates the ball quickly and closes with speed and aggression on contact. Not only does he deliver pop by unlocking his hips, he has heavy hands to separate the ball from the defender. He doesn’t always use technique here and can lounge a bit so he will need to clean that up. He also will struggle to make the basic play such as stop his route to the QB on screens or properly fill a hole head on, instead trying to chase down the QB or outmaneuver blocks, resulting in easy dump offs or cutbacks. Will need to be reeled in a bit and not rely solely on athletic prowess. He does however display an uncanny ability to “feel” where the ball is going and is very instinctual on the field. When in full stride off the edge to the QB on a pass play he has shown numerous times the wherewithal to stop, recognize a RB dump off, and break off his route. He has dropped back in zone coverage with fluidity as he does a nice job of reading the QBs’ eyes rather than the receiver. He breaks smoothly and will chase backside with a lot of effort. Snap to whistle player with a flair for the big play in big situations. His timing, coordination, and flexibility are all rare traits that will translate immediately to the NFL. Should be in the running for a top 3 pick.
Value – Top 3
Projection – Top 5
Player Comp – Von Miller