Vic Beasley, 3-4OLB, Clemson
Height: 6-3. Weight: 246. 40 Time: 4.53. Projected Round (2015): Top-20 Pick.
4/4/15: Beasley may have been the star of the Combine. He raced a fast 40 time after impressing on the bench press a day earlier. Beasley officially ran the 40 in 4.53 seconds. That blistering time was especially impressive considering Beasley just added about 10-15 pounds of weight that was apparently muscle as he excelled in the bench press.
Beasley gave NFL evaluators further evidence in 2014 that he has to move to outside linebacker and isn't large enough to get any consideration as a defensive end outside of obvious passing situations. However, the senior is strong for his size, so once he moves to outside linebacker, he should be a well-rounded player. Beasley clearly is fast and athletic enough to play linebacker. He has natural pass-rushing skills and is a terror in the backfield.
Beasley totaled 12 sacks, 33 tackles, 21.5 tackles for a loss, three passes batted and three forced fumbles in 2014. He was very consistent with sacks, recording them in the vast majority of games, including a string of six straight outings. In November, Beasley was banged up with a hand and shoulder injury that held him back. He closed out the regular season versus South Carolina with five tackles, two sacks, another tackle for a loss and a forced fumble. He overwhelmed left tackle Corey Robinson and guard A.J. Cann. Beasley totaled three tackles, a pass batted and two sacks against Florida State. After a quiet first quarter, he ate up left tackle Cameron Erving. Overall, that tape will help Beasley in his bid to be a first-round pick.
8/23/14: Beasley was a tremendous pass-rusher for Clemson in 2013 with 13 sacks. He also picked up 23 tackles for a loss, 41 tackles, six passes batted, four forced fumbles and a fumble recovery for a touchdown. After dominating the early part of 2013, Beasley was clamped down by Florida State as the Seminoles blew out Clemson. To close out the season, Beasley handled South Carolina left tackle Corey Williams with two sacks against the Gamecocks and gave Ohio State a lot of problems in Clemson's bowl win.
Beasley had a breakout 2012 season with eight sacks, but the sophomore was only a situational pass-rusher with 14 total tackles on the year. Beasley must add weight to play defensive end in the NFL.
Personal: Majoring in sociology. His father played at Auburn and is a high school coach.
Grady Jarrett, DT, Clemson
Height: 6-0. Weight: 288. 40 Time: 5.06. Projected Round (2015): 3-4.
4/4/15: Jarrett had 43 tackles with 10 tackles for a loss, 1.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles in 2014. He totaled 83 tackles with 11 for a loss, two sacks and 14 quarterback pressures the year before. The senior is quick at the point off attack, but could use some strength for the NFL. He had a good week of practice at the Senior Bowl, but is undersized and really only fits a 4-3 scheme. In 2012, Jarrett had 49 tackles with two sacks.
Stephone Anthony, ILB, Clemson
Height: 6-2. Weight: 243. Projected 40 Time: 4.56. Projected Round (2015): 2-3.
4/4/15: Anthony was a quality defender for Clemson during the past three seasons. He had 69 tackles with 10.5 tackles for a loss, 2.5 sacks, three passes broken up, one interception and two forced fumbles in 2014. Anthony has the potential to develop into possibly being a three-down starter in the NFL. He had a superb week at the Senior Bowl and showed some pass-coverage skills along with being a downhill thumper. At the Combine, Anthony blazed a fast 40 time that was much quicker than expected. He also looked good in the field drills.
Anthony totaled 131 tackles with 13.5 tackles for a loss, four sacks, one interception and five passes broken up in 2013. As a sophomore, he had 77 tackles with 4.5 tackles for a loss, one pick and three passes batted.
Corey Crawford, DE, Clemson
Height: 6-5. Weight: 283. Projected 40 Time: 5.01. Projected Round (2015): 5-7.
4/4/15: Crawford had 22 tackles with seven tackles for a loss and two sacks in 2014. He played well against Florida State, but was very quiet late in the year and didn't produce as expected. Crawford would be best as a 3-4 defensive end.
8/23/14: In 2013, Crawford was a solid base end for Clemson on the other side from Vic Beasley. Crawford was an honorable-mention All-ACC selection with 52 tackles, 10.5 tackles for a loss, three sacks, one interception, four passes broken up and two forced fumbles. That showed improvement from his sophomore season when he had 47 tackles and only one sack in 12 starts. Crawford has potential and should see plenty of one-on-ones with Beasley drawing extra attention.
Tavaris Barnes, DE, Clemson
Height: 6-3. Weight: 275. Projected 40 Time: 5.01. Projected Round (2015): 6-FA.
4/4/15: Barnes was a rotational player for the Tigers as Clemson has had a loaded defensive line over the past couple of years. The senior had 19 tackles with three sacks, one forced fumble and five tackles for a loss in 2014. He impressed scouts and evaluators to earn an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine.
Many teams have worked him out privately and shown heavy interest. That list includes San Francisco, Tampa Bay, New England, Arizona, Houston, Seattle, New Orleans, and Tennessee. Sources say that Barnes has a lot of physical talent and they are hoping to land him on their roster.