Beasley’s college career at Clemson was historic for the university. After redshirting his freshman season and barely playing his second year, Beasley collected eight sacks and in his 2012 campaign. Over his next two seasons, Beasley was named onto the pre-season watch lists for multiple awards and proved analysts correct by finding his way into the backfield. In 48 career games in which he started 25 of them, Beasley collected 52.5 tackles for loss, 33 sacks, 29 quarterback pressures and two touchdowns leaving with Clemson’s all-time sack leader as well as coming in fourth place for tackles for loss.
|DOB||July 8, 1992||Bench (225 lb)||35 reps|
|Weight||246 lbs||Broad Jump||10’10”|
|Arms||32-1/2″||20 Yard Shuttle||4.15 sec|
|Hands||9-3/8″||3 Cone Drill||6.91 sec|
|40 Yard Dash (10 yd split)||4.53 sec (1.59 sec)||60 Yard Shuttle||N/A|
|Clemson University (2010-2014)||First-Team All-American (2013,2014)|
|2014 – 37 tackles, 21.5 TFL, 12.0 sacks, 3 PD, 2 FF, 1 TD||First-Team All-ACC (2013,2014)|
|2013 – 44 tackles, 23.0 TFL, 13.0 sacks, 6 PD, 4 FF, 1 TD||ACC Defensive Player of the Year (2014)|
|2012 – 18 tackles, 8.0 TFL, 8.0 sacks, 1 FF||Bednarik Award Finalist (2014), Semi-Finalist (2013)|
|Clemson School Records: Sacks (1st), TFL (4th), FF (7th)||Lombardi Award Finalist (2014), Semi-Finalist (2013)|
|Hendricks Award Finalist (2013,2014)|
In the following plays we’ll take a look at how Beasley uses his speed and natural explosion off of the snap to get pressure on the QB.
Consistent pass rush for a 3-4 OLB is the most sought after trait and a major reason why Beasley is so impressive. His best move by far is the speed rush around the edge where he dips his hip and shoulder around the corner to turn at the quarterback. In these plays, Beasley’s speed forces the quarterback to step up into the pocket immediately. If you pair that with a good interior pressure from a defensive tackle or nose tackle it’s a sack almost every time. In the second play give credit to the quarterback for stepping up into the pocket and avoiding it. Great play by him.
In addition to his speed rush, Beasley uses a slap-rip move back to the inside to get around the edge blocker. In these plays, Beasley executes a great slap-rip around the right edge disrupting the quarterback around Florida State’s LT75 Cameron Erving who enters the 2015 NFL Draft as a late first-second round draft pick.
One thing that jumped out at me while scouting Beasley was just how incredibly underrated his spin move was. Beasley really needs to use it more often especially as a natural complement to his excellent speed rush around the edge. It’s surprising he rarely ever used it to cut back inside.
When Beasley’s pass rushing doesn’t work it’s usually because the blocker does a good job mirroring his footwork outside on his speed rush or because Beasley is susceptible to cut blocks due to the nature of his speed since there is little time for reactions.
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