The Atlanta Falcons struck gold when they drafted Clemson pass rusher Vic Beasley. At 6-foot-3 and “only” 235 pounds, some worried whether or not Beasley was strong enough to “transfer speed to power” at the pro level. At the 2015 NFL Combine Beasley made it crystal clear that he was just as strong as he was athletic.
He shocked scouts and GMs by pounding out 35 reps on the bench, the 3rd highest total out of any prospect in the entire draft class. Beasley benched more than defensive tackle Danny Shelton, who weighs 339 pounds, and is widely considered one of the NFL’s strongest players.
In addition to his brute strength, Beasley clocked a 4.53 in the 40-yard dash, a time that most running backs would be happy with. With all that in mind, it’s not much of a surprise that Beasley has quickly emerged as one of the top pass rushers in the NFL.