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Victor Ramon Beasley Jr. (born July 8, 1992) is an American football defensive end for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL). After playing college football for Clemson University, Beasley was drafted by the Falcons with the eighth overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Vic Beasley
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Beasley with the Atlanta Falcons in 2015
No. 44 – Atlanta Falcons
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1992-07-08) July 8, 1992 (age 27)
Adairsville, Georgia
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:246 lb (112 kg)
Career information
High school:Adairsville
(Adairsville, Georgia)
College:Clemson
NFL Draft:2015 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Total tackles:114
Sacks:29.5
Forced fumbles:9
Pass deflections:10
Interceptions:1
Defensive touchdowns:2
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Beasley was a consensus All-American for the Tigers in 2013 and 2014. He is also the schools all-time sack leader (33). Following Beasley's senior season, he was named ACC Defensive Player of the Year. In 2016, Beasley was named to his first Pro Bowl and All-Pro honors, following his league-leading 15.5 sack season.

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Early yearsEdit

Beasley attended Adairsville High School in Adairsville, Georgia, where he was a three-sport standout in football, basketball, and track. He played as running back and linebacker for the Adairsville Tigers high school football team. He was named All-county and All-area in both his junior and senior seasons. As a junior, he totaled 57 tackles, two recovered fumbles and an interception, while also hauling in 15 receptions for over 200 yards. As a senior, he had 120 rushes for 828 yards with seven touchdowns on offense, and had 102 tackles (12 for loss) and an interception on the defensive side of the ball. In addition, he also had seven punt returns for a 17.3-yard average and two touchdowns, and also returned a kickoff return 80 yards for a score. He was named first-team All-state by Associated Press (AP) and Georgia Sportswriters Association. He also played in the Georgia North-South All-Star game, where he had a blocked field goal.

In addition to football, Beasley competed in track & field while at Adairsville, where he competed mainly in sprints and jumps. At the 2010 GHSAA Regional 7-AA Championships, he placed third in the high jump (6-0 or 1.84m) and second in the triple jump (44-0 or 13.44m), while also earning a third-place finish in the 100-meter dash race after running a personal-best time of 11.14 seconds.[1]

Considered a four-star recruit by ESPN.com, Beasley was listed as the No. 19 athlete in the nation in 2010.[2] He was rated as the No. 37 athlete in the nation and No. 37 player in Georgia by Rivals.com. He was considered the No. 34 outside linebacker in the nation and No. 37 player in Georgia by Scout.com. Also an All-Southeast Region pick and the No. 33 player in the state according to SuperPrep. Beasley chose Clemson over Alabama, Auburn, and Stanford.

College careerEdit

Freshman seasonEdit

Upon arriving at Clemson in 2010, Beasley was redshirted. He began working as a tight end. Due to Beasley's size and speed, he was also used as a scout team quarterback in his redshirt year.[3]

Redshirt freshman seasonEdit

As a redshirt freshman in 2011, Beasley played sparingly. In nine games, he only played 16 snaps and recorded two tackles on the season.[4]

Redshirt sophomore seasonEdit

As a sophomore in 2012, Beasley recorded 18 tackles and a team-high eight sacks. He was named an Honorable Mention Sophomore All-American by College Football News.

Redshirt junior seasonEdit

Through the first six games of his junior season in 2013, Beasley led the nation in sacks with 13.[5] Beasley was a first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) selection and was named a consensus All-American.[6] Beasley and the Tigers upset #6 Ohio State Buckeyes in the Orange Bowl.

Beasley opted to stay his senior year to finish his education instead of declaring for the 2014 NFL Draft.[7] He was projected to have been picked up in the second round as predicted by the NFL's draft advisory board. Beasley entered the year with 21 career sacks, which was seven away from setting the all-time school record for career which was set by Michael Dean Perry and Gaines Adams at 28. In October, he broke the record.[8] He was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year and was again a consensus All-American.[9]

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 3 in
(1.91 m)
246 lb
(112 kg)
32 12 in
(0.83 m)
9 38 in
(0.24 m)
4.53 s 1.59 s 2.65 s 4.15 s 6.91 s 41 in
(1.04 m)
10 ft 10 in
(3.30 m)
35 reps
All values from NFL Combine [10][11]

2015 seasonEdit

Prior to the draft, Beasley was praised for being an explosive athlete who was always first off the snap. Many scouts viewed him as a true edge bender who could torque his hips and shoulders to turn the corner. He was also recognized for his ankle flexion to dip and slalom around the corner at difficult angles to block. On the other hand, critics said Beasley lacked ideal arm length. They said he was too often content to stay blocked if his pass rush stalled out. Others said he needed to shed blocks more consistently against run. While many noted his good football character, some scouts were concerned about a lack of alpha-dog tenacity.[12] Beasley was selected with the eighth overall pick by the Atlanta Falcons in the 2015 NFL Draft.[13] He was Clemson's highest selected defensive player since the late defensive end Gaines Adams went fourth overall to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2007.

On June 12, 2015, Beasley agreed to terms his rookie contract.

In Week 2 of his rookie season, Beasley recorded his first career sack, taking down New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, before generating his second sack the following week against Brandon Weeden of the Dallas Cowboys.[14] In Week 16 against the undefeated Carolina Panthers, Beasley made a strip-sack of Cam Newton in the final minutes of the game, securing a 20-13 upset of the Panthers and ruining the Panther's undefeated season.[15]

2016 seasonEdit

In 2016, Beasley moved from defensive end to the strongside linebacker position.[16] He recorded his first sack of the 2016 season in Week 2 against the Oakland Raiders.[17] Beasley had a breakout game in Week 5 of the 2016 season, playing the Denver Broncos, Beasley recorded eight total tackles, 3.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles.[18] Due to his performance during the 2016 season, Beasley was selected to his first Pro Bowl, but did not participate due to the Falcons making Super Bowl LI. During the Super Bowl, the Falcons led by 25 points, but met one of the most infamous downfalls in sports history as they lost to the New England Patriots by a score of 28–34 in overtime.[19][20] Beasley ended the season with a league-leading 15.5 sacks.[21] He was named First team All-Pro, and was ranked 40th by his peers on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2017.[22][23]

2017 seasonEdit

In Week 2, in the 34–23 victory over the Green Bay Packers on NBC Sunday Night Football, Beasley sacked Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and forced a fumble, which was recovered by teammate Desmond Trufant for a touchdown.[24] However, in the game, he suffered a hamstring injury, and was ruled out for a month.[25] On the season, Beasley played in 14 games with eight starts, recording 29 tackles and only five sacks after being moved from defensive end to outside linebacker.

2018 seasonEdit

On April 25, 2018, the Falcons exercised the fifth-year option on Beasley's contract.[26] He played in 16 games with nine starts, recording 20 combined tackles, five sacks, and three passes defensed.

NFL statisticsEdit

NFL career statistics
Atlanta Falcons
Season Tackling Fumbles Interceptions
Year GP GS Comb Solo Asst Sack FF FR Yds TD Int Yds TD PD
2015 16 16 26 20 6 4.0 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 3
2016 16 12 39 32 7 15.5 6 1 21 1 0 0 0 2
2017 14 8 29 23 6 5.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
2018 16 9 20 16 4 5.0 0 1 74 1 0 0 0 3
Career 62 45 114 91 23 29.5 9 12 95 2 1 1 0 10

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Region 7-AA Boys Meet - Full Results (Raw)".
  2. ^ http://espn.go.com/college-sports/football/recruiting/player/_/id/84342/vic-beasley Vic Beasley Recruiting Profile
  3. ^ MacRae, Robert. "It's All About The Look". The Clemson Insider. Retrieved November 7, 2013.
  4. ^ "Vic Beasley Biography". ClemsonTigers.com. Clemson University. Retrieved January 2, 2017.
  5. ^ Press, By PETE IACOBELLI Associated. "Clemson keeps title hopes alive in win over Boston college". Archived from the original on October 14, 2013.
  6. ^ "2013 All-ACC Teams Announced". TheACC.com. December 2, 2013.
  7. ^ "Star defensive end Vic Beasley to return to Clemson".
  8. ^ "Beasley tops Perry, Adams to become Clemson all-time sack king - FOX Sports". October 11, 2014.
  9. ^ "Clemson's Vic Beasley named ACC Defensive Player of the Year".
  10. ^ "NFL Combine: Vic Beasely". NFL.com. NFL.com. Retrieved December 4, 2015.
  11. ^ http://draftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=105193&draftyear=2015&genpos=
  12. ^ http://www.nfl.com/draft/2015/profiles/vic-beasley?id=2552301
  13. ^ Ledbetter, D. Orlando (April 30, 2015). "Atlanta Falcons select Clemson's Vic Beasley in the 2015 NFL Draft". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved May 1, 2015.
  14. ^ "Vic Beasley Jr". ESPN.com.
  15. ^ McClure, Vaughn. Falcons DE Vic Beasley won't use injury as excuse for average season. ESPN.com. December 28, 2015. Retrieved August 9, 2016.
  16. ^ Dubin, Jared. "Falcons moving 2015 first-rounder Vic Beasley to strong side linebacker". CBS Sports. Retrieved May 21, 2016.
  17. ^ Falcons defeat Raiders in offensive showdown. NFL.com. Retrieved December 30, 2016.
  18. ^ Atlanta Falcons hand Denver Broncos first loss 23-16. NFL.com. Retrieved December 30, 2016.
  19. ^ "Super Bowl LI - New England Patriots vs. Atlanta Falcons - February 5th, 2017". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved August 6, 2017.
  20. ^ Jackson, Curtis. Six Falcons Named to the 2017 Pro Bowl Roster. NFL.com. December 20, 2016. Retrieved December 30, 2016.
  21. ^ McClure, Vaughn. Vic Beasley appreciates sack title, Von Miller's praise. ESPN.com. January 2, 2017. Retrieved January 7, 2017.
  22. ^ "Three rookies, Matt Ryan among players named to All-Pro team". NFL.com. January 6, 2017.
  23. ^ NFL Top 100 Players of 2017 - No. 40 Vic Beasley
  24. ^ "Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons - September 17th, 2017". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved October 13, 2017.
  25. ^ Sessler, Marc (September 18, 2017). "Falcons LB Vic Beasley (hamstring) to miss a month". NFL.com.
  26. ^ McFadden, Will (April 25, 2018). "Falcons exercise fifth-year option on pass rusher Vic Beasley". AtlantaFalcons.com. Archived from the original on April 26, 2018.
  27. ^ http://www.nfl.com/player/vicbeasley/2552301/profile

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