Oct 5, 2013; Syracuse, NY, USA; Clemson Tigers defensive end Vic Beasley (3) is blocked by Syracuse Orange offensive tackle Sean Hickey (60) during the third quarter at the Carrier Dome. Clemson defeated Syracuse 49-14. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Mock Draft: In Round 1, Chargers Select Vic Beasley

With the 17th pick in the 2014 NFL Mock Draft, the San Diego Chargers select, OLB Vic Beasley from Clemson. Wow. I would love to hear the commissioner say those words. According to Walterfootball.com, the Chargers will select Vic Beasley ahead of Taylor Lewan, Cyrus Kouandjio, Marqise Lee, and Darqueeze Dennard. And I gotta say, I agree with it. Here’s what Walterfootball.com had to say about the pick:

 #17San Diego Chargers: Vic Beasley, DE/OLB, Clemson 

San Diego’s defense has been better of late, but the team should still probably go with the top defensive player on the board. That would be Vic Beasley.
The Chargers were so desperate for help at rush linebacker that they signed Dwight Freeney. The former Colt is obviously not a long-term solution for the team’s pass-rushing woes.

If Vic is able to show, and I really mean if, that he is worth a mid 1st round pick, the Chargers should not blink before snatching him up. The redshirt junior had 12 sacks and 4 forced fumbles this year. Beasley is an absolute blur on the outside and can get by a fair amount of NCAA left tackles easily. At only 235 lbs, Beasley will have to put on some weight in order to play 3-4 outside linebacker without losing any of that speed. The Chargers could really use someone to penetrate the pocket quickly and disrupt the timing of the quarterback. Even if the play doesn’t end in a sack, the sheer speed at which Beasley can disrupt the pocket is a huge weapon. We saw how helpful effective speed rushing can be before Dwight Freeney went down earlier this season, and he has obviously lost some speed over the years. Check out this video of Beasley and let me know what you think of him:

This is PART 1 of Walterfootball’s 3-round mock, so stay tuned throughout the day for the 2nd and 3rd rounds.

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