Mock draft roundup: Atlanta Falcons go defense early
Nov 29, 2014; Clemson, SC, USA; Clemson Tigers defensive end Vic Beasley (3) sacks South Carolina Gamecocks quarterback Dylan Thompson (17) at Clemson Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports
CBS Sports: Rob Rang, Dane Brugler, Pete Prisco, Will Brinson
Each of the four mock drafts at CBSSports.com project the Falcons picking a pass-rusher. Here are there picks:
Rob Rang — OLB Vic Beasley, Clemson
Dane Brugler — DE Shane Ray, Missouri
Pete Prisco — OLB Vic Beasley, Clemson
Will Brinson — DE Randy Gregory, Nebraska
Beasley features twice here, and he would certainly be a perfect fit for the Falcons.
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Between 2012 and 2014, Beasley recorded 89 tackles (52.5 of which were for a loss), nine defended passes and 33 sacks — according to Sports Reference.
These are incredible numbers, and he is the all-time sack leader at Clemson.
Not only would he be a great fit for the Falcons, Beasley has expressed his interest in playing for his childhood team.
Ray would be another solid option for the Falcons with the eighth-overall pick, as would Gregory.
There are off-the-field concerns surrounding Gregory, however. He admitted to testing positive for marijuana, and this is a huge red flag for teams. The talent is there to be selected in the top ten, but these concerns could drop him to the bottom of the first-round.
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