Vic Beasley

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Vic Beasley
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Beasley in 2015
No. 44 Atlanta Falcons
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1992-07-08) July 8, 1992 (age 24)
Place of birth: Adairsville, Georgia
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 246 lb (112 kg)
Career information
High school: Adairsville (GA)
College: Clemson
NFL draft: 2015 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2015
Tackles: 26
Sacks: 4.0
Forced fumbles: 2
Pass Deflections: 3
Interceptions: 1
Player stats at

Victor "Vic" Beasley Jr. (born July 8, 1992) is an American football outside linebacker for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Clemson, and was a consensus All-American in 2013 and 2014.

Early years[edit]

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 totalled 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.

Beasley also 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, 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 He was considered the No. 34 outside linebacker in the nation and No. 37 player in Georgia by 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 career[edit]

Beasley was redshirted as a freshman in 2010. As a redshirt freshman in 2011, he played in nine games recording two tackles. As a sophomore in 2012, he recorded 18 tackles and eight sacks. Through the first six games of his junior season in 2013, he led the nation in sacks.[3] He finished the year with 13. Beasley was a first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) selection and was named a consensus All-American.[4]

Beasley opted to stay his senior year to finish his education instead of declaring for the 2014 NFL Draft.[5] 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.[6] He was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year and was again a consensus All-American.[7]

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 3 in 246 lb 32 1/2 in 9 3/8 in 4.53 s 4.15 s 6.91 s 41 in 10 ft 10 in 35 reps
All values from NFL Combine [8]

Atlanta Falcons[edit]

On April 30, 2015, Beasley was selected with the eighth overall pick by the Atlanta Falcons in the 2015 NFL Draft.[9] He was Clemson's highest selected defensive player since Gaines Adams in 2007.

On June 12, 2015, Beasley came to terms with 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. [10] In week 16 vs the undefeated Panthers Beasley had a strip sack which made Newton fumble and ruined their undefeated season.

In 2016, Beasley moved from defensive end to the strongside linebacker position.[11]

NFL career statistics[edit]

Year Team Games Combined Tackles Total Tackles Assisted Tackles Sacks Forced Fumbles Interceptions Pass Defended
2015 ATL 16 26 20 6 4.0 2 1 3
Total Total 16 26 20 6 4.0 2 1 3


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