In the midst of the 2015 NFL Draft, college pro days are beginning to take place, giving players one last hurrah to showcase their talents for coaches and scouts before the selection process kicks off April 30 in Chicago.
Numerous mock drafts over the past month or so have the New Orleans Saints taking Clemson linebacker Vic Beasley, who stood at quite well at the scouting combine two weekends ago. Well, defensive coordinator Rob Ryan happened to make an appearance at the Tigers’ pro day to catch a glimpse of Beasley and company.
Beasley is a pretty impressive specimen, finishing in the top five of all the combine measurements. He’s a bit smaller than scouts and coaches prefer for the linebacker position, but his strength, athleticism and performance certainly outweigh his size.
There’s still plenty of room for growth in that frame of his. He may have more burst than any pass rusher in the 2015 class, and due to his broad shoulders and long arms, Beasley is also one of the most powerful of all the incoming rookies.
He was a Bednarik Award (college defensive player of the year) and Lombardi Award (best college football lineman or linebacker) finalist in 2014 after leading the ACC with 13 sacks.
The Saints are in the market for a force off the edge that creates big plays in the backfield — Beasley is without question a talent that could fill that void. Don’t be surprised if you hear Commissioner Roger Goodell call his name when the Saints are on the clock in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft.
Other notable incoming rookies from Clemson include ILB Stephone Anthony, DE Corey Crawford and DT Grady Jarrett.
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