Vic Beasley drafted #8 overall in 2015 NFL Draft


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Pos: DE   Height: 6-3   Weight: 235   Hometown: Adairsville, GA (Adairsville HS)  
Years Played: 2010 - 2014

Clemson defensive end Vic BeasleyVic Beasley
Defensive End (2010 - 2014)
#3 6-2, 236
Adairsville, GA

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was drafted #8 overall by the Atlanta Falcons during the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft on Thursday night.

The Falcons were Beasley's favorite NFL team since his childhood years. The NFL team was desperate for pass rushing help as they were 30th out of 32 teams last season in sacks.

Beasley was the third straight first round pick the last three years from Clemson (Hopkins and Watkins).

Beasley accumulated 33 sacks (25 sacks in his final 26 games) and leaves Clemson as the all-time sack leader and had an amazing 52.5 tackles for loss at Clemson. He was also a two-time first-team All-American and was selected as the ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 2014.

"He's easily the best athlete of the edge guys," said NFL Network's Mike Mayock right after Beasley's selection. "He came to the combine at 246 lbs, bench pressed 225 lbs 37 times, ran faster than anyone else, jumped 42 inches. His first step is outstanding. I think what he is day one is a situational pass rusher while he learns to set an edge."

"He reminds me a lot of Dante Fowler when I was watching him on film - very active, high motor, and will sack the quarterback," said NFL Network's Steve Mariucci.

TheACC.com's take on Vic Beasley: "Beasley’s freakish athletic ability compares relatively well to former ACC superstar, Julius Peppers. In fact, Beasley’s 40-yard-dash time of 4.53 seconds was better than Peppers’ time of 4.68. Both players have relatively large hands, at about 10 inches each. Obviously, Vic Beasley is not as big as Julius Peppers but they both share similar athleticism and explosiveness out of the gate."

Beasley helped the 2014 Tigers lead the nation in total defense, pass efficiency defense, fewest first downs allowed, tackles for loss, tackles for loss yardage, sack yardage, third down defense, fewest yards for pass attempt, few yards for play allowed and fewest plays 10+ yards allowed.

An AJC Falcons’ fans poll asked, “Who should the Falcons take with the 8th overall pick in the draft?” The fans wanted Beasley out of all the defensive end players in the 2015 NFL Draft despite Todd McShay and other analysts downgrading Beasley's abilities.

Vic Beasley, Clemson 35.79% (2,429 votes)
Dante Fowler, Jr, Florida 32.83% (2,228 votes)
Bud Dupree, Kentucky 10.56% (717 votes)
Other: 8.21% (557 votes)
Randy Gregory, Nebraska 7.03% (477 votes)
Shane Ray, Missouri 5.58% (379 votes)

Sammy Watkins (2014), Gaines Adams (2007) and Banks McFadden (1940) remain the highest selected Clemson football NFL draft picks of all-time at #4 overall.

Official Clemson Bio: Defensive end who emerged as one of the top pass rushers in the country in 2013 and was the same in 2014 ... one of the team’s most athletic players ... had 101 tackles, 52.5 tackles for loss, 33 sacks, 29 quarterback pressures, 11 pass breakups, seven caused fumbles, two recovered fumbles and two touchdowns in 1,421 snaps over 48 games (25 starts) in his career ... first in school history in sacks, fourth in tackles for loss and tied for seventh in caused fumbles ... had at least one sack in eight consecutive games from 2013 (2) to 2014 (6) ... was involved in a tackle for loss in each of his last 15 games ... two-time, first-team All-American ... two-time, First-Team All-ACC selection.


















Clemson First-Round Draft Choices
Year	Player			Pos	Pick	Team
1939	Banks McFadden		B	4	Brooklyn Dodgers
1949	Bobby Gage		RB	6	Pittsburgh Steelers
1960	Lou Cordileone		L	12	New York Giants
	#Harvey White		QB	NA	New England Patriots
1976	Bennie Cunningham	TE	28	Pittsburgh Steelers
1979	Jerry Butler		WR	5	Buffalo Bills
	Steve Fuller		WR	23	Kansas City Chiefs
1980	Jim Stuckey		DT	20	San Francisco 49ers
1982	Jeff Bryant		DT	6	Seattle Seahawks
	Perry Tuttle		WR	19	Buffalo Bills
1983	Terry Kinard		FS	10	New York Giants
1985	William Perry		MG	22	Chicago Bears
1987	Terrence Flagler	TB	25	San Francisco 49ers
1989	Donnell Woolford	CB	11	Chicago Bears
1992	Chester McGlockton	DT	16	Los Angeles Raiders
1993	Wayne Simmons		OLB	15	Green Bay Packers
1997	Trevor Pryce		DE	28	Denver Broncos
1998	Anthony Simmons		ILB	15	Seattle Seahawks
1999	Antwan Edwards		CB	25	Green Bay Packers
2001	Rod Gardner		WR	15	Washington Redskins
2006	Tye Hill		CB	15	St. Louis Rams
2007	Gaines Adams		DE	4	Tampa Bay Bucs
2010	C.J. Spiller		RB	9	Buffalo Bills
2013	DeAndre Hopkins		WR	27	Houston Texans
2014	Sammy Watkins		WR	4	Buffalo Bills
#not considered first round selection by NFL because he was an AFL selection.

Clemson’s Highest Football Draft Choices
Year	Player			Pos	Pick	Team
1939	Banks McFadden		B	4	Brooklyn Dodgers
2007	Gaines Adams		DE	4	Tampa Bay Bucs
2014	Sammy Watkins		WR	4	Buffalo Bills
1979	Jerry Butler		WR	5	Buffalo Bills
1949	Bobby Gage		RB	6	Pittsburgh Steelers
1982	Jeff Bryant		DT	6	Seattle Seahawks
2010	C.J. Spiller		RB	9	Buffalo Bills
1983	Terry Kinard		FS	10	New York Giants
1989	Donnell Woolford	CB	11	Chicago Bears
1960	Lou Cordileone		L	12	New York Giants

Clemson’s Highest Draft Choices in Any Sport
Year	Name			Sport		Team			#
1996	Kris Benson		Baseball	Pittsburgh Pirates	1
2001	Mark Lisi		Men’s Soccer	D.C United		3
2014	Sammy Watkins		Football	Buffalo Bills		4
1940	Banks McFadden		Football	Brooklyn Dodgers	4
1996	Billy Koch		Baseball	Toronto Blue Jays	4
2007	Daniel Moskos		Baseball	Pittsburgh Pirates	4
2007	Gaines Adams		Football	Tampa Bay Bucs		4
1979	Jerry Butler		Football	Buffalo Bills		5
1982	Jeff Bryant		Football	Seattle Seahawks	6
1949	Bobby Gage		Football	Pittsburgh Steelers	6
1994	Sharone Wright		Basketball	Philadelphia 76ers	6
2003	Deliah Arrington	Women’s Soccer	Philadelphia		6 
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