Atlanta Falcons select Vic Beasley, Blogging Dirty writers react


With the Atlanta falcons selecting Clemson pass rusher Vic Beasley, the Blogging Dirty staff weigh in with their thoughts on the pick.

Harrison Nayler:

The first three picks were about all that went to plan in this draft. With swirling talk of the Atlanta Falcons trading up, some extremely talented defensive players continued to slip as teams went with offense early on. USC’s Leonard Williams, considered by some to be the best player in the draft, lasted all the way to sixth overall, and the knock on effect was that the Falcons had their choice of Vic Beasley, Bud Dupree, Randy Gregory and Shane Ray. They finally landed with Beasley, a pick that the fan base is sure to love. Repeatedly stating he was a Falcons fan growing up and wanted to come home, Beasley brings aggression, speed and a host of pass rush moves to the Falcons. Looking forward, the thought of Beasley with his hand in the dirt bursting off the line and driving Jameis Winston to the ground has to fill you with joy. Great pick.

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David Neff:

By far one of the most unlikely picks in Thomas Dimitroff’s history. For once, TD had the impact player he wanted without needing to trade up. Beasley can immediately be be placed as a starter in the LEO. He fills an absolute draft need, and the Falcons now have great flexbility to go in several directions in the second and third rounds. Look for a guard, free safety or tight end. Beasley is a great start to finally giving the Atlanta Falcons defense an identity.

Kevin Knight:

A perfect scenario for the Falcons plays out with Vic Beasley fallin go the #8 pick. The Falcons finally get their impact pass rusher and they didn’t have to trade up to get it. All in all, I’m just happy they didn’t take Shane Ray.

Freddie Boston:

This is the perfect fit for the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons needed to find a pass rusher, and they have taken arguably the best pure pass rusher of the entire draft class. Beasley is an explosive athlete and he will immediately upgrade the defense. He can help the team from day one, and new head coach Dan Quinn will be delighted with the addition. A lot of work needs to be done, but this is the perfect start for the Falcons as they aim to rebuild the unit. Beasley also revealed that he was a Falcons fan growing up, and this was a dream move for him. Overall, this was almost the perfect fit for Atlanta coming into the draft, and they have got their man without needing to strike a trade. A+ for Thomas Dimitroff here.

James Hicks:

All I can say is wow. I would’ve never predicted Beasley to fall past the Jets, but here we are! Fantastic value at #8; we get the guy we want and we didn’t have to trade up. This is about as good a scenario as you can have as a Falcons fans. This bodes well for the rest of the draft, as we can focus on other needs without worrying about our first pick being a project. It’s a great day to be a Falcons fans, and a very bad day to be a Saints fan.

Tyler Back:

The Falcons may have finally found their pass rusher. Because the Redskins surprised everybody by taking Brandon Scherff, Beasley slipped right into the hungry paws of Dan Quinn.

Adnan Ikic:

Vic Beasley fell to the Falcons, and Thomas Dimitroff didn’t outsmart himself. From the looks of it, this is a spectacular first round pick: we got one of the elite pass rushers (one of the ones that doesn’t have off the field issues) to fall in our laps. Beasley is maybe the best third down pass rusher in the draft; and don’t listen to Jon Gruden and Mel Kiper, who absolutely roasted him after the pick. Gruden actually suggested we look at Melvin Gordon as an option. Pass rush has a long way to go, but Beasley is a great building block.

Sunny Minhas:

The Falcons biggest goal of the offseason was to gett a franchise pass rusher and they get it with Vic Beasley, who became the best pass rusher on the team as soon as his name was called. A pass rushing machine, Beasley should have an instant impact getting after the QB. Whether he plays LEO or SAM remains to be seen, but the Falcons have just given their defense a shot in the arm with the pick.

What’s your reaction to the Vic Beasley selection? How do you see the rest of our draft playing out? Let us know in the comments below, and stay tuned to Blogging Dirty for more draft coverage.