Oct 4, 2014; Clemson, SC, USA; Clemson Tigers defensive end Vic Beasley (3) sacks North Carolina State Wolfpack quarterback Jacoby Brissett (12) causing a fumble during the third quarter at Clemson Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports
This year’s draft class has an abundance of high-profile pass rushers, one of them being Vic Beasley. Beasley is the all-time sack leader at Clemson, and finished with 13 sacks in 2013.
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The first complaint that many Atlanta Falcons fans have on Beasley is the fact that he is a 3-4 outside linebacker, not a 4-3 defensive end. But take a look at what an NFC East Scout had to say about these statements.
"“I know everyone will have him pegged as a 3-4 edge guy, but I think 4-3 defenses would be crazy not to consider him as a WILL or SAM who can bump down as an edge rusher in third downs. Denver does it with Von Miller, so why not consider it?” — NFC East scout"
He’s right, Denver does plug in Von Miller as a WILL or SAM in the depth chart, but they bump him down as an edge rusher for most of the plays. Beasley has the frame to succeed in this defensive scheme, especially with the defensive mastermind in Dan Quinn at the helm.
In the end, although Beasley may be a reach pick, it could pay huge dividends for the team.