Sep 27, 2014; Clemson, SC, USA; Clemson Tigers defensive end Vic Beasley (3) celebrates after sacking North Carolina Tar Heels quarterback Marquise Williams (12) during the second quarter at Clemson Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports
Part 2 of my Philadelphia Eagles 2015 Mock Draft, the Eagles address a familiar position, outside linebacker. If you missed part 1, you can find it here:
This Eagles defense is growing together, but in 2015 the Eagles will have to make some tough decisions. Will longtime defensive standout Trent Cole remain on the team? His age is a factor but his contract is the real issue. Do the Eagles keep former 1st round draft choice Brandon Graham? Graham shows flashes when he gets a chance to play, but for one reason or another, he doesn’t see much playing time.
For part 2 of my 2015 Philadelphia Eagles Mock Draft series, I wanted to focus on Clemson outside linebacker, Vic Beasley.
Beasley, a senior at Clemson University, has had a great career for the Tigers. His current 2014 stats (according to Clemson statistics) are as follows:
★ 8 sacks (-83 yards)
★ 2 pass deflections/2 pass break-ups
★ 1 fumble recovery
★ 1 forced fumble
★ 21 total tackles (12.5 tackles for loss)
Beasley is considered one of the best rushing linebackers in the country and seeing as how Philly missed on the 2014 pass rushing linebacker, Beasley makes perfect sense. I have seen Beasley mocked to be drafted as high as pick #5 and as low as pick #29, I believe pass rushers like Beasley could fall later in round 1 in the 2015 NFL Draft.
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The Eagles surprised everyone and drafted Marcus Smith II with their first round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. The idea was that Smith would provide some outside pass rushing help, but unfortunately he has been far from it. As of late, it looks like with a little more development, Smith might actually be better fit for the Eagles playing at inside linebacker.
If Trent Cole is no longer with the team next season, the Eagles could really benefit from having a player like Vic Beasley on the outside. Drafting Beasley could leave the Eagles with one of the youngest and most athletic defensive front-sevens in the National Football League.
Eagles fan should be foaming at the mouth at the thought of a defensive line with Fletcher Cox, Bennie Logan and Cedric Thornton/Vinny Curry. Right behind that defensive line would be a solid linebacker corps of: Vic Beasley, Mychal Kendricks, DeMeco Ryans/Marcus Smith and Connor Barwin locking down the jack of all trades position.
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No matter what decisions the Eagles make this offseason, the facts don’t lie, the Eagles need help or need to develop some younger linebackers. A versatile player like Vic Beasley could really help the Eagles defense and would likely start from day 1.
Be on the lookout for my next post which will feature a new player for Eagles Nation to get to know.