Clemson's Vic Beasley was one of the fastest rising prospects in a loaded draft class after an impressive combine showing, recording position bests in several different drills.
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport is reporting that Clemson pass rusher Vic Beasley is visiting the Washington Redskins next week.
Beasley was considered by some to be a mid-first-round pick in early mock drafts, but after an impressive combine performance in which he recorded linebacker bests in the 40-yard dash (4.53 seconds) and on the bench press (35 reps of 225 pounds), his name quickly jolted up draft boards.
As his NFL.com profile explains, Beasley is an "explosive athlete who's always first off the snap."
"True edge bender who can torque hips and shoulders to turn corner. Has ankle flexion to dip and slalom around corner at difficult angles to block. Former running back with quick feet and fluid hips. Able to change directions and burst to target. Possesses potentially lethal spin move, but doesn't use it enough. Primarily a hand-in-dirt rusher but has played standing, too. Able to drop into space. Solid instincts and outstanding closing burst. Quick hands to swat initial punch. Hands will get even better and could become a major weapon with more coaching. Can embarrass tackles who lunge and miss," reads the rest of his strengths category.
Beasley has been linked to as high as the No. 5-overall pick, which, of course, is owned by the Redskins.
During his 48 games at Clemson, Beasley recorded 101 tackles, 52.5 tackles for loss, 33 sacks, 29 quarterback pressures, seven forced fumbles, two recovered fumbles and two touchdowns.
The two-time first-team All-American also had a stretch of eight consecutive games with at least one sack.
Beasley capped of his career by leading the school to a No. 1 ranking on defense, holding opponents to just 260 yards per game last season.
At the school's pro day in March, Beasley was the main attraction for a total of 72 scouts, as he ran through a series of linebacker drills.
Whether it'll be as a pass rusher in certain situations or as every-down player, Beasley believes his growth will continue during the early stages of his NFL career.
"I felt like I've elevated my level as a linebacker," he said at his pro day to USA Today.