Name: Vic Beasley
College: Clemson University
Height / Weight: 6’3” / 246 lbs
S.U. Rank: 1
Potential NFL Teams: Cleveland Browns, Washington Redskins, Indianapolis Colts
Vic Beasley is a beast from the Clemson Tigers football program that will go very far at the next level. His tenacity, productivity, and football intelligence is already at an NFL-caliber level. Marking a return of a Polamalu-style of defense, Beasley has no problem backing up his trash talk with work and effort beyond belief on the field.
Bottom line? He’s for real.
Here are three things that Beasley brings to the table for prospective NFL teams looking to add some boom to their defensive lineup in 2015:
1. The Tip Of The Tiger
Vic Beasley showcased a lot of tremendous efforts as part of Clemson’s strong and strangling defense. The Tigers’ defense was third-best in the nation, allowing just over 16 points per game, in large thanks to Beasley’s contributions at the OLB position.
They also managed to finished second in the ACC to Jameis Winston & Co. over at Florida State — not too shabby if you ask me.
Clemson finished 10-3 with a 6-2 conference record.
In the third game of the season, the opponent was none other than the Seminoles of Florida State — not only a hated division rival, but the team that everyone would be gunning for in college football to try and be the one team that could beat them and hand Jameis Winston his first career loss.
And trust me, Clemson was oh so close to doing just that.
The Tigers fell 23-17 in an overtime loss, but Beasley stood out among his defensive teammates. Two big sacks were the best part of Beasley’s stat line, as it shows that he was able to get through a gritty offensive line and get two personal shots at the best college quarterback the ACC and college football has had in a long, long time.
Just imagine the kind of motivation Beasley will have heading into a league where, depending on which team drafts him, the offensive lines are nowhere near as punctual and physical as the Florida State one he was able to surpass.
It’s safe to say we’ve seen nothing yet.
2. Explode & Reload
Being able to jump at the perfect time once the ball is snapped is essential to having any consistent success as a defensive player — especially at Beasley’s position of OLB. As a college starter, Beasley was known for his agility and desire to consistently get at the quarterback (I mean, really, just ask Jameis Winston).
Per a report from NFL.com, Beasley is described as an “edge-bender” and someone that will fit perfectly in a heavy-hitting defensive scheme.
Which is the perfect reason he’d fit well with the Cleveland Browns, Washington Redskins, or even the Indianapolis Colts.
The Browns know that before they can really even think about an AFC North crown they are going to need to stack their defense; Beasley helps them take another step in that direction. As for the Redskins, RG III really hasn’t panned out how anybody wished he was going to after his first season, so this would give D.C. fans something worth rooting for again — aside from what some consider a controversial mascot.
But from the Colts perspective, this is the perfect chance to add a dark horse to a team that no one is sure where the ceiling will be. Without a solid defense and an inconsistent running game, the Colts fell just one game short of a Super Bowl appearance and it was in part, some will tell you, to the whole Deflate-Gate situation.
I’ll leave that for you to decide on your own.
Regardless, if Indianapolis picks him up, they should be the top dog when it come to winning Super Bowl 50 when next February rolls around.
3. Welcome To America
Beasley, like many college players, is now going to get the chance to live out his child hood dream — playing professional football, making great money doing it, and most importantly making a difference in his and others’ communities while having fun doing it.
I can’t think of anything better.
With the spotlight being on the NFL in recent months with names like Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson, and even Aaron Hernandez thrown around constantly and the association the league name and shield now has with their off-the-field actions, it’s time for a guy with great demeanor to make his presence known professionally.
Enter: Vic Beasley.
The beautiful thing about the game of football is that a lot of what goes on during the game can be directly applied to life of people — not just men, but also women. When it comes down to it, football’s focus is being able to learn from your mistakes, get on with the next play, and always give your best foot forward.
Beasley no doubt brings that to the table. This is something missing in both Cleveland and Washington, D.C., and is a clear cut additional reason to want him around town.
There’s nothing wrong with being role model — but there’s everything to gain from a grown model.
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