Vic Beasley

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Vic Beasley
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Beasley with the Atlanta Falcons in 2015
No. 44 Atlanta Falcons
Position: Outside linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1992-07-08) July 8, 1992 (age 25)
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, 2016
Total tackles: 65
Sacks: 19.5
Forced fumbles: 8
Pass deflections: 5
Interceptions: 1
Player stats at

Victor Beasley Jr. (born July 8, 1992) is an American football outside linebacker for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL). After playing college football for Clemson University, Beasley was drafted by the Falcons with the eighth overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Beasley was a consensus All-American for the Tigers in 2013 and 2014. He is also the schools all-time sack leader (33). Following Beasley's senior season, he was named ACC Defensive Player of the Year In 2016, Beasley was named to his first Pro Bowl and All-Pro honors, following his league-leading 15.5 sack season.

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]

Freshman season[edit]

Upon arriving at Clemson in 2010, Beasley was redshirted. He began working as a tight end. Due to Beasley's size and speed, he was also used as a scout team quarterback in his redshirt year.[3]

Redshirt freshman season[edit]

As a redshirt freshman in 2011, Beasley played sparingly. In nine games, he only played 16 snaps and recorded two tackles on the season.[4]

Redshirt sophomore season[edit]

As a sophomore in 2012, he recorded 18 tackles and a team-high eight sacks. He was named an Honorable Mention Sophomore All-American by College Football News.

Redshirt junior season[edit]

Through the first six games of his junior season in 2013, Beasley led the nation in sacks with 13.[5] Beasley was a first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) selection and was named a consensus All-American.[6] Beasley and the Tigers upset #6 Ohio State Buckeyes in the Orange Bowl.

Beasley opted to stay his senior year to finish his education instead of declaring for the 2014 NFL Draft.[7] 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.[8] He was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year and was again a consensus All-American.[9]

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 [10]

2015 season[edit]

Beasley was selected with the eighth overall pick by the Atlanta Falcons in the 2015 NFL Draft.[11] He was Clemson's highest selected defensive player since the late defensive end Gaines Adams went fourth overall to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2007.

On June 12, 2015, Beasley agreed to terms 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.[12] In Week 16 against the undefeated Carolina Panthers, Beasley made a strip-sack of Cam Newton in the final minutes of the game, securing a 20-13 upset of the Panthers and ruining the Panther's undefeated season.[13]

2016 season[edit]

In 2016, Beasley moved from defensive end to the strongside linebacker position.[14] He recorded his first sack of the 2016 season in Week 2 against the Oakland Raiders. [15] Beasley had a breakout game in week 5 of the 2016 season, playing the Denver Broncos, Beasley recorded 8 total tackles, 3.5 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles.[16] Due to his performance during the 2016 season, Beasley was selected to his first Pro Bowl, but he was unable to attend due to the Falcons making Super Bowl LI, where they eventually lost in overtime to the New England Patriots by a score of 34-28.[17] He was also named First team All-Pro.[18] Beasley ended the season with a league-leading 15.5 sacks.[19]

NFL statistics[edit]

NFL career statistics
Atlanta Falcons
Season Tackling Fumbles Interceptions
Year GP GS Comb Solo Asst Sack FF FR Yds TD Int Yds TD PD
2015 16 16 26 20 6 4 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 3
2016 16 12 34 28 6 15.5 6 1 21 1 0 0 0 2
Career 32 28 60 48 12 19.5 8 1 21 1 1 1 0 5



  1. ^
  2. ^ Vic Beasley Recruiting Profile
  3. ^ MacRae, Robert. "It's All About The Look". The Clemson Insider. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Vic Beasley Biography". Clemson University. Retrieved 2 January 2017. 
  5. ^ Clemson keeps title hopes alive in win over Boston college
  6. ^ "2013 All-ACC Teams Announced". December 2, 2013. 
  7. ^ Star defensive end Vic Beasley to return to Clemson
  8. ^ Beasley tops Perry, Adams to become Clemson all-time sack king
  9. ^ Clemson's Vic Beasley named ACC Defensive Player of the Year
  10. ^ "NFL Combine: Vic Beasely". Retrieved 4 December 2015. 
  11. ^ Ledbetter, D. Orlando (April 30, 2015). "Atlanta Falcons select Clemson’s Vic Beasley in the 2015 NFL Draft". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved May 1, 2015. 
  12. ^ Vic Beasley Jr. Profile
  13. ^ McClure, Vaughn. Falcons DE Vic Beasley won't use injury as excuse for average season. 28 December 2015. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  14. ^ Dubin, Jared. "Falcons moving 2015 first-rounder Vic Beasley to strong side linebacker". CBS Sports. Retrieved 21 May 2016. 
  15. ^ Falcons defeat Raiders in offensive showdown. Retrieved December 30, 2016.
  16. ^ Atlanta Falcons hand Denver Broncos first loss 23-16. Retrieved 30 December 2016.
  17. ^ Jackson, Curtis. Six Falcons Named to the 2017 Pro Bowl Roster. 20 December 2016. Retrieved 30 December 2016.
  18. ^ "Three rookies, Matt Ryan among players named to All-Pro team". January 6, 2017. 
  19. ^ McClure, Vaughn. Vic Beasley appreciates sack title, Von Miller's praise. 2 January 2017. Retrieved 7 January 2017.
  20. ^ "Vic Beasley Stats". 

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