Highly touted prospect Vic Beasley figures to be tabbed early in this week's NFL Draft, likely somewhere in the first eight selections. Though it's difficult to anticipate what general managers have planned, the gifted defender believes he'll be picked by Oakland, Chicago or Atlanta on Thursday night -- and he's continued to make it clear where he wants to land.
Beasley grew up in Adairsville, Ga., an Atlanta suburb, and he told WZGV that being picked by the Falcons "would be a dream come true."
He said he thinks he can fit in a 3-4 or a 4-3, and while he was an end in college, he foresees no issues with moving to outside linebacker in the NFL.
Beasley, an explosive, athletic edge rusher, could be a great fit in Atlanta. The Clemson product set a school record with 33 total sacks and finished fourth all-time in tackles for loss; additionally, he turned in a fantastic Combine performance, which included a 4.53 second 40-yard dash and the best vertical leap and broad jump among D-linemen.
Certainly, Atlanta could use someone of his caliber along its front seven.
It's worth noting that Beasley is a lifelong Falcons fan, and while his allegiance shouldn't influence the team's decision-making process, drafting the 22-year-old would make for a great story.