With the NFL season beginning to wind down, we here at the Grill are going to start breaking down the prospects that will be in this year’s NFL draft. For more information on how are grading works, please visit the prospects Page linked here. This will be one of many scouting reports to come. We will begin by profiling the major prospects in the draft and over time we will expand to cover some small school prospects and hopefully, come draft time, we will have about 100 profiles on prospects. Also be sure to check out where we have Vic Beasley going in our latest mock drafts
Name: Vic Beasley
Position: 3-4 Outside Linebacker
Weight: 235 Pounds
Class: Redshirt Senior
2015 Stats: 34 Tackles, 21.5 Tackles For Loss, 12 Sacks, 2 Forced Fumbles, 3 Pass Breakups, 6 QB Hurries, 1 Fumble Return, 1 Touchdown
After the jump you will get a breakdown of Vic Beasley’s pro’s and con’s as well as our grade for Beasley.
Pros: Beasley is an incredible athlete with an elite first step and great flexibility. Although undersized, he makes plays due to his non-stop motor, elite work ethic, and incredible short area quickness. Beasley has an impressive array of pass rushing moves and uses them to create constant havoc in the backfield. He wins pass rushing battles because of both his speed and his ability to use his hands at a high level. He plays with great technique and has clearly been well coached. Beasley does a good job when playing in coverage and does a good job deflecting passes at the line as well.
Cons: Beasley lacks ideal size and length. Although he has a frame to add more weight, he is yet to actually do it. He is one of the worst run defenders at linebacker in this year’s NFL draft and that will prevent him from being a three down linebacker early on in his career. He lacks the overall functional strength to be able to finish off pass rushing moves at times.
Our Take: Beasley is an incredible athlete and has an unbelievable motor but he severely lacks strength right now. He can come in and contribute immediately on special teams and clear pass rushing downs but is nowhere near being ready to be an every down linebacker. If he can add 15 pounds of muscle without losing any athleticism then he could eventually get to that point but that is probably one to two seasons away.
Final Grade: 91 Out of 100
Beasley receives a first round grade because 3-4 outside linebackers with his pass rushing ability are hard to come by. However, he is more of a low end first round pick due to his lack of strength and his total inability to defend the run. He should be able to make an immediate impact rushing the passer but will only be able to play on obvious passing downs.
Possible Draft Spots: Because we see Beasley as strictly a 3-4 outside linebacker, some teams I could see taking him in the first round are the Chiefs at 18 (if they lose Hali or Houston), the Steelers at 22 although they prefer linebackers who defend the run better, the Broncos at 28, or the Packers at 30. There is a shot he could go higher if he shows more strength at the combine so we do reserve the right to upgrade him after the combine.
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