Vic Beasley Set for Breakout Season in 2016

May 12, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The Atlanta Falcons selected Vic Beasley with the eighth overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft, and he posted four sacks during his rookie season. Still, he's on track to be an impact pass-rusher.
Most of the knocks on him are anecdotal. Early in his college career at Clemson, he was a tight end after playing running back in high school. His size (6'3", 235 lbs at the time) gave him the "tweener" label and led some to question whether a non-blue-blood defender was worth a top-10 pick.
At the NFL combine, Beasley showed up at 246 pounds and stole the show as an athlete. From there, doubters brought up the name Vernon Gholston, a one-time sixth overall pick who posted zero sacks in his professional career, as a singular data point to why you can't trust "workout warriors."
While Gholston outperformed Beasley in the overhyped 40-yard dash, the latter ranked much better in the drills that matter for pass-rushers: ...

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