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Hogs Haven Draft Profiles: Vic Beasley, OLB

Hogs Haven takes a look at NFL prospects heading into the 2015 draft

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Vic Beasley

Outside Linebacker

Height: 6' 3", Weight: 246 lbs


Strengths: Football is in Vic Beasley's blood. His father, Victor, played for Auburn from 1982-1984. Vic Jr. is quick off his feet. He is also very powerful. His long arms, broad shoulders, and great upper body strength help to overcome his smaller size. He is definitely on the small end of the spectrum for a linebacker. He uses this to his advantage by eluding the reach of offensive lineman. When combined with his quickness, he often catches linemen off balance. He has good body control. He has the ability to turn the corner quickly, making him tough to block. Beasley also has good ball awareness. He is constantly looking for the ball so he can strip it loose. He finished his career at Clemson with 32 sacks, a Clemson school record.

Weaknesses: Beasley is smaller than most linebackers entering the draft. He needs to add bulk. He is missing the seek and destroy mindset that scouts are looking for. He looks unmotivated at times. Because of his small size, if he doesn't get the initial jump on the lineman opposite him, he can be contained or even isolated from the play. It's difficult to say if he can be as successful in the NFL as he was in the ACC.

Bottom Line: Vic Beasley is a guy that teams will either love or completely pass on. There seems to be no in-between. But comparisons to Von Miller and Chris Clemons show that he's probably worth taking a look at. He is talented but needs to crank up the intensity.

Projected Round: 1-2

Team He Fits Best On: Falcons, Dolphins, Steelers, Colts