Miami Dolphins Draft Prospect: Vic Beasley
By Andrew Eisch
As coaches and the Miami Dolphin’s front office assess prospects for the upcoming NFL Draft, some players tend to have their eyes on a specific team.
In favor of the Dolphins, Clemson defensive end Vic Beasley specified his interest in playing in South Beach and his interest in following the footsteps of Cameron Wake.
On Friday while meeting with media, Beasley was asked which team would fit him best. NFL.com reported,
"“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 said."
Beasley, who was a three-sport athlete while in high school, excelled at the defensive end position where he terrorized offensive lineman with his explosiveness off of the line.
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Beasley played all four years at Clemson, where he totaled 33 sacks, including 13 his junior year and 12 his senior year.
One aspect of Beasley’s game that is receiving negative criticism is his ability to stop the run. His senior year he totaled 21.5 tackles for loss, including one fumble recovery that resulted in a touchdown.
One reason Beasley is interested in the Dolphins is due to their defensive scheme. Likely to move back to outside linebacker, Beasley feels he would fit in with a 3-4 defense, the Dolphins offer a mix of schemes from 3-4 and 4-3.
"“A lot of teams see me as a 3-4 outside linebacker. 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,” Beasley said."
Regardless of what scheme he fits into, Beasley is attracting attention from a number of NFL teams.
Beasley is projected to be drafted mid-late first round. Watch him perform at the NFL Combine on Sunday on NFL Network.