Post Combine: Dante Fowler, Randy Gregory, or Vic Beasley?
Nov 15, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Clemson Tigers defensive end Vic Beasley (3) after a game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the fourth quarter at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Georgia Tech defeated Clemson 28-6. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Vic Beasley out of Clemson hits a sweet spot between Gregory and Fowler that is really tough to ignore. Arguably the king of the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine, Beasley dominated drills. He’s 6’3″ and 246 lbs but he was a top performer in the 40-yard dash, benchpress, vertical jump, broad jump, three cone drill, and the 20-yard shuttle. His eye-popping performances made everyone reconsider how they were evaluating pass rushers following the combine.
Beasley’s value is rocketing upward, but teams have to be wary of investing so much on someone who is essentially the winner of the NFL’s track and field day. He’s an intriguing prospect and he’d be great for any team in need of pass rushing help (which the Jaguars most certainly do) but he doesn’t seem to be at a point where he’s top-three value right now. Rather, his performance at the combine must make the Jaguars feel pretty safe if they do manage to trade back in the first round. They know that if they miss out on Gregory or Fowler, they have the freakishly impressive Beasley to fall back on. That’s great for a team with needs like the Jags. It’s a deep class of pass rushers and Beasley’s shakeup of the draft board is a benefit to the Jags.