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Redskins Draft Countdown: Clemson edge defender Vic Beasley

Mar 23, 2015, 3:32 PM EDT


The NFL Draft is six weeks away and I’ll continue researching the prospects throughout the lead-up to the draft. Along the way I’ll be sharing some of what I find out with Real Redskins readers. The focus will be on players in areas of need for the Redskins but I might look at players at just about any position since Scot McCloughan has said that he will take the best player available regardless of need.

Vic Beasley
Edge defender


Height: 6-3
Weight: 246
40 time: 4.53 sec.

What they’re saying:

What I liked:  You are looking for pass rushers with explosion who will transform themselves on occasion to an absolutely unstoppable force.  Out of his stance he explodes up field and either goes right around the edge with a blur and the type of body angle that says “edge force” or he sets that up to spin back inside.  He is relentless and he cannot wait to blow up a play.

What I did not like:  It completely starts and stops with the reality that he is 6’3, 235.  Basically, he is the same size and weight as Seattle safety Kam Chancellor.  It means that he would be one of the very smallest edge rushers in the NFL and you would have to know that the second he gets there, opposing teams would run right at him.  He is not stout and he is not going to stand his ground when teams do run at him.

Bob Sturm, Dallas Morning News

How he fits the Redskins: I think that the need for another edge rusher after the departure of Brian Orakpo is pretty well established. Yes, Trent Murphy can start there if you need him to and although he works hard and can be effective he is not the sort of premiere pass rusher you want going after the quarterback’s blindside. Beasley is among a group of players who could fill that role.

Beasley is a playmaker, with 25 sacks and additional 44.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage. The plan would be to have him and Ryan Kerrigan, who can also be a disruptive force, make for a week of sleepless nights for opposing quarterbacks and offensive coordinators.

Potential issues: As Sturm noted above, Beasley is on the small side. Other than the obvious issues that might create in rushing defense, Scott McCloughan generally prefers bigger players. Compared to the other top prospects at edge rusher the Redskins might be considering with the fifth pick Beasley gives away 15 pounds to Dante Fowler and is almost two inches shorter than Randy Gregory.

It should also be noted that being a bit smaller isn’t necessarily a fatal flaw in McCloughan’s book. “I think it is a big man’s game, but I think it’s a football player’s game. It’s not about the height, weight and speed,” he said as his introductory news conference in January. “It’s about consistency and being a football player every day.”

In other words, McCloughan delivers a slightly more elegant version of the old saying that it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog. It’s likely that McCloughan will like Beasley’s fight.

Bottom line: Taking a stab at what might happen in a draft that isn’t for another five and half weeks is risky. But it seems to me that the three things the Redskins are most likely to do with the No. 5 pick are, from most likely to least likely, are draft an edge rusher, trade the pick, or draft a wide receiver. Beasley, Gregory, Fowlers, and Shane Ray will all go under the microscope at Redskins Park.

The odds are that not all four will cut it in the NFL, at least to the extent where using the No. 5 pick was be justified. At the very least McCloughan will have to pick out the player or players who aren’t going to make it and avoid them. If he can pick the best player out of those who remain, that’s a bonus.

So Beasley will get his shot and we will see how it works out for him.

In his own words:

Beasley on where he’ll play in the NFL:

“The majority of the teams are going to want me to play outside linebacker and I’m fine with that . . . Outside linebacker, D-end, I’m willing to play either one. Whatever the team I get picked by and whatever position they want me to play, I’m willing to move wherever they want me to move.”

Previously in Draft Countdown:

  1. bangkokben - Mar 23, 2015 at 4:12 PM

    What I like:

    The fro! Throwback to the Jackson 5.

  2. jtaylor68 - Mar 23, 2015 at 5:01 PM

    They said Darrell Green was too short and we see how that turned out against receivers that were 6’2″ -6’4″. He makes up for the light weight, which is now @246, with strength (39 reps of 225lbs) and speed (4.5 – 40). ENOUGH ALREADY – draft this guy!

  3. mr.moneylover - Mar 23, 2015 at 5:59 PM

    He put on more weight he gain about 20 pounds of muscle he did weight 235 in college but I think hes the complete edge rusher that ppl look for…shane ray is the smallest edge rusher in the draft …dante flower jr is the #1 edge rusher only because he can play all over the line it doesnt matter to him he will create havoc for a QB

  4. mrhart76 - Mar 23, 2015 at 6:52 PM

    Gonna miss Orakpo. He played the run and applied consistent pressure. Played all 3 downs too.

    • mr.moneylover - Mar 23, 2015 at 6:56 PM

      What orackpo you was watching he struggle to get to the QB…that was ryan kerrigan who was getting most the sacks even the rookie trent Murphy had more sacks then orackpo…orackpo good days has pass him redskins believe they can find better and they will

      • mrhart76 - Mar 23, 2015 at 7:01 PM

        Yeah last year no sacks. But he played the run good. Always applied pressure. Don’t miss em until they are gone. Had a good career here.

  5. bowlregard - Mar 23, 2015 at 7:27 PM

    What about the fact Beasley did so well on the bench press?

  6. deepball1 - Mar 23, 2015 at 10:44 PM

    they can talk about his size but he is the same size as Laurence Taylor and his quickness compares to L.T.

    Teams had trouble running at L.T. because he was so quick off the ball that he beat the tackle and forced the tackle out of position. And you couldn’t run away from L.T. because he was faster than all the linemen and most of the running backs.

    I would take Beasley in a heartbeat. You cannot teach speed or quickness and he has both.

  7. timwillhidetimwillhide - Mar 24, 2015 at 1:04 AM

    I think this would be a great pick at #5

  8. 214hof - Mar 24, 2015 at 7:44 AM

    Beasleys’ motor isn’t comparable to L.T.s’ at all… Taylor had a little (a lot) of help with his “high” motor.

  9. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Mar 24, 2015 at 7:44 AM

    Of the four, only Fowler has the size that makes one think a team won’t be able to run right at him.

    So if he’s gone and you want edge-rusher, you pick the one you like. I’d go Beasley, Ray, then Gregory. But it’ll take a few years before we know for sure. Any one of them could be a star or else a bust.

    It’s another argument for Kevin White.

  10. kenlinkins - Mar 24, 2015 at 7:48 AM

    Well, If teams are running at Vic Beasley that would mean they are not throwing at Riley, Amerson, Thomas and whoever else the Redskins find to play Safety. I think I would make that trade off with the results I have seen!

    • kenlinkins - Mar 24, 2015 at 8:20 AM

      But then again go back and watch the Fla St game and see how Fla St was able to run right at him. With the game on the line it was Vic Beasley they went after and won the game. Beasley got “turned and burned” on more then one running play, he never was able to set the edge and got beat “one on one” way to easy. This kid is a very good speed pass rusher but make no mistake, he is NO LT! Archives

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