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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  • Will

    We have freeney coming back one more year and if he gets hurt we have Johnson to step in opposite Ingram, and if he gets hurt too we have English (ya I know) but point is we have way more pressing needs than a pass rusher in the first.

    • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

      What’s wrong with putting together a Bad Ass pass rush? English is peace out next season, brining the heat from everywhere would help the secondary Big time.

    • Conor Cahill

      I disagree. A good pass rush is a quick way to make the rest of the defense look much better.

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    Anybody else having problems on the homepage clicking on the main headline?

    I don’t know much about Beasley but sounds good to me, getting Verrett in round 2 is kinda rad but also kinda dreamin. I think Walter had a DT from Alabama in round 3, we need a NT with that pick not Reyes/Liguits backup.

    • Conor Cahill

      I thought the same. Made a different pick in the 3rd. I will post it later today.

  • Derek

    All I see is outside rush. Not much hand work along with lack of passrushing skillset. He is fast but he reminds me of branch comming out of Clemson. And look what he’s doing for the jags. This guy is a huge reach for a first round pick even if his combine is special. Kyle van noy and Ryan shaizer are both better olb’s van noy especially. I think kyles a victim of his stats last yr plus he did have ansah helping him get one on one. But his versatility is uncanny and hard to game plan against. Hope Tt finds a way to get to him.

    • Conor Cahill

      I agree I like van noy a lot more. He was actually available after Beasley in this mock which I thought was strange.

  • ioane

    I’m not a big fan of Walter football. Beasely reminds me of Irvin from the seahawks. I wouldn’t take him over Cyrus or Denmark but wouldn’t be upset if we ended up with him. The guy that I hope and pray that falls to us Khalil Mack. He has a great combination of size, speed and power that would really compliment Ingram. If he’s off the board than I would take Dennard.

    I saw they had Verret selling to us in the 2nd. That is not going to happen. Verret is a pure CB, easily the best CB in the draft. The only thing that is hurting him is his size, but no way he falls that far in the 2nd. If for whatever reason that he does, than that is a gift perfectly wrapped from the football gods.

    • Conor Cahill

      I thought of Irvin also. But, its hard to complain when Bruce Irvin has had success in the NFL.

  • navw21

    Vic isn’t a bad pick but Im not sure he is first round material. He will have to show a lot at a pro day and the combine. IMHO. We can’t go into next season with the same secondary we currently have. We need upgrades at both Corner spots. Give me Justin Gilbert or Darqueze Dennard if Gilbert is gone.

    • Conor Cahill

      I just think a solid pass rush will help the secondary more than a rookie corner. Obviously, we need corners as well, but the benefit of the pass rush should not be avoided.

  • Tazzster

    that is some pretty uninspiring video… I say, ‘no’

    • Conor Cahill

      fair enough haha. its not a ‘highlight’ reel though, its just one game

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  • Gunnar Martin

    He’s talented, that’s for sure. I just don’t like that he’s so susceptible to the run. He would basically just come in for passing situations, which I guess wouldn’t be the worst thing. But I would rather us go with a corner or more developed player in the first round.