[Editor’s note: This is another installment in a series we will be running at Vikings Territory providing scouting reports for players the Vikings could potentially target in the 2015 Draft. All scouting reports are provided in partnership with Luke Inman and eDraft.com. You can find all of our previous scouting reports here. Continue reading below to learn more about Vic Beasley, the athletic super-freak that stunned the world at the NFL Combine.]

Vic Beasley

Edge Rusher / Clemson

33 sacks, 52.5 tackles for loss, 29 QB pressures , 7 forced fumbles, 1,421 snaps (In 4 seasons)

Measurables

Height: 6′ 3″

Weight: 246 lbs.

Hand Size: 9-3/8″

Arm Length: 32-1/2″

40 Yard Dash: 4.53 seconds

Vertical Jump: 41 inches

Bench Press: 35 reps

Broad Jump: 130 inches

3 Cone Drill: 6.91 seconds

20 Yard Shuttle: 4.15 seconds

60 Yard Shuttle:

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Player Analysis

Pros:

  • Freaky anticipation jumping the snap count and getting the first movement off the ball
  • Explodes out of his stance like a cannon with incredible acceleration from his initial step
  • Started to use his hands as a dangerous weapon towards the end of his career which should continue to be developed at the next level
  • Great closing speed. When in the vicinity of his opponent it is game over
  • Uses a variety of pass-rushing moves to attack the quarterback, including a vicious spin move
  • Uses that explosive first step to convert his speed-to-power showing great strength in his bull rush to knock offensive lineman back on their heels
  • Shows good bend and dip when turning the edge with the proper hip flexibility
  • A former running back and all around violent athlete
  • Savvy rusher that will beat lineman with a lethal inside move after setting them up with outside rushes repeatedly
  • A smart and aware defender who looks to rip the ball out of carriers hands with seven career forced fumbles
  • A physical demon that was on display at the combine after he was the top performer for his position in six different events including a 41-inch vertical jump, 35-bench reps, and a 4.53 40-yard dash

Cons:

  • Naturally undersized with thin legs and torso for a traditional defensive-end with his hand in the dirt and will be forced to stand up at linebacker in the NFL
  • Just flat out poor when defending the run with a lack of strength, effort, and technique
  • Zero aspiration when the play flows away from him. Turns off his motor
  • Questions will arise at the next level surrounding his size (strength and length) in not just the run game but the pass game as well
  • Too easily washed out of run plays to his side because of his inability to anchor the edge
  • With his lack of effectiveness in the run game scouts may view him as one dimensional at the next level

NFL Player Comparison:

Robert Mathis / Bruce Irvin

College Scheme / Projected Scheme:

Base Nickel 4-2-5 / 3-4 Attacking Defense

Fit with the Vikings:

“Explosive” and “athlete” are the two words that sing music into coach Zimmer’s ears. A freak athlete with an explosive first step, Beasley would add another violent piece to the front-seven puzzle in Zimmer’s exoticly aggressive defense. Much like last year’s first-round pick Anthony Barr, Beasley is a raw athlete that fits best standing up in a traditional outside linebacker role within Zimmer’s 4-3 base defense. So, if Beasley is in, who is out? Chad Greenway’s future with the team is still cloudy, while its certain young players like Gerald Hodges, Audie Cole, and Brandon Watts will see increased playing time in a larger role. That leaves little room for another developmental linebacker in the mix. Of course, I’ve never put it past coach Zim to mingle with the idea of moving Barr to the middle linebacker spot where he would wear the green dot and run the show on defense.

Remember, Barr is Zimmers “baby” and he takes a real sense of personal pride in his development and growth as he expects nothing less than a true Pro Bowl-caliber player in the very near future. With Jasper Brinkley gone, sliding Barr inside opens the door for the young linebackers to earn their keep, and depending on how the coaching staff feels about their evaluation of the position, they could very well look to upgrade it once again early in the Draft. An Arby’s 5 for 5 mix and match of Vic Beasley, Anthony Barr, Gerald Hodges, Audie Cole, and Chad Greenway has the sounds of a dangerously talented (and suddenly deep) unit. When dissecting the situation even further, you’ll remember Zimmer runs out of the nickel package more often than not, meaning an athletic duo of Beasley and Barr would be your one-two punch in that formation. That is a true nightmare for opposing quarterbacks on third down. Zimmer loves to blitz his linebackers inside the “A” gap, which is over the center’s nose, and that happens to be something Barr has proven he can do. With his natural, athletic prowess and Zimmer’s coaching, one can assume Beasley could grow comfortable with that role over time as well.

Draft Grade:

1st Round (Top 10)

Beasley has loads of talent that won’t be denied or overlooked on Draft Day. His jump off the snap is uncanny and his overall athleticism and explosiveness as an athlete alone will be enticing for teams looking for a pass-rusher in the top ten. The bad news for Beasley is there is plenty of edge rushers this year in what looks like one of the deepest classes in a decade. Guys like Dante Fowler, Randy Gregory, Shane Ray, Bud Dupree, and others will water down the value of a player like Beasley. Still, his overall ability to get after the passer and cause havoc in the backfield is something that is valued too much in the NFL to be ignored, meaning Beasley won’t make it past the top-10 picks. Teams like the Falcons (8), Bears (7), Jets (6), Redskins (5), and even as high as the Jaguars at pick number three, are all very realistic options for the Clemson product.

Check out the below Draft Profile Breakdown of Vic Beasley courtesy of eDraft.com.

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