Falcons > Defense First Priority in Draft Choice

| May 1, 2015


CHICAGO — The Atlanta Falcons new head coach Dan Quinn is known for stifling defenses.  He demonstrated that as his priority in chosing Clemson Outside Linebaker Vic Beasley as the Falcons first choice and 8th overall.  ESPN’s Mel Kipper provides insight regarding this choice and how it helps Atlanta.

What he brings: He was an incredibly productive college player who then blew the doors off the combine with an outstanding workout. His first-step quickness as a pass-rusher is elite, he’s a sideline-to-sideline run defender and he has playmaking instincts. But the complete lack of a power element to his game is a major concern.

How he fits: Beasley will be used in the hybrid LEO role within head coach Dan Quinn and defensive coordinator Richard Smith’s hybrid base 4-3 scheme. Beasley will play in both a two- and three-point stance. where Smith will look to get him one-on-one matchups in passing situations to help improve a pass-rush that was tied for 30th in the league with 22 sacks.

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