NFL Combine: Vic Beasley makes a weighty statement

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Beasley weighed in at 246 pounds Friday
Beasley weighed in at 246 pounds Friday

Vic Beasley Vic Beasley
RS Sr. Defensive End
#3 6-2, 236
Adairsville, GA

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made quite the statement Friday at the NFL Scouting Combine, and he didn’t even have to take to the field to do it.

The former Clemson sack master showed up in Indianapolis for the combine Friday morning and weighed in at 6-3 and 246 pounds, which is 11 pounds more than he was listed for going into the Russell Athletic Bowl.

Now that the weigh-in is out of the way, Beasley can turn his attention to how he performs in drills on Sunday (starting at 9 a.m. live on NFL Network). Beasley, who made his reputation as a speed pass rusher, will show off that speed in the 40-yard dash.

Following Friday’s weigh-in, Beasley said the Miami Dolphins were showing the most interest.

"I've gotten a lot of looks from the Dolphins," Beasley said at the NFL Scouting Combine. "A lot of different teams, but mainly the Dolphins right now. I like guys like Cameron Wake, who is really able to get to the passer. They do a lot of different things, a lot of different (stunts), different things to get to the quarterback."

Beasley told the gathered media that he models his game after Von Miller of the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks' Bruce Irvin, outside linebackers known for rushing the quarterback.

"A lot of teams see me as a 3-4 outside linebacker,” Beasley said. “I am willing to play defensive end in a 4-3 at the next level, but the majority of teams want me to play outside linebacker and I'm fine with that.”

He then said that he doesn’t care who drafts him or when he gets drafted as long as his name is called.

“I just hope to get drafted. Wherever I get drafted then that’s where I go,” he said. “I am just going to try and use my ability to get drafted as high as I can. Outside linebacker, d-end, really I can play either one. Whatever team I get picked by and whatever position they want me to play I am willing to move wherever they want me to move. The game is changing and the NFL is a passing league and you are going to need guys who can rush the passer and that’s what this draft is predominantly based on.

“There are a lot of good pass rushers in this draft. I am very comfortable. I played linebacker in high school and I played a little bit in college so it’s nothing new to me. Teams really just want to see me drop into coverage. They have seen me with my hand on the ground but now they want to see me in that 3-4 outside linebacker position, so they want to see me drop. Ninety percent of the time I was on the right side, but it doesn’t matter to me.”

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