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Vic Beasley May Not Have Been Delusional After All

FORMER TIGER PUTS ON A SHOW AT NFL COMBINE || By FITSNEWS || Last September we wrote an article entitled “Vic Beasley Is Delusional,” referring to the former Clemson University standout’s contention that he was a “better player” than 2014 No. 1 NFL draft pick Jadeveon Clowney, a unanimous All-American…

FORMER TIGER PUTS ON A SHOW AT NFL COMBINE

|| By FITSNEWS || Last September we wrote an article entitled “Vic Beasley Is Delusional,” referring to the former Clemson University standout’s contention that he was a “better player” than 2014 No. 1 NFL draft pick Jadeveon Clowney, a unanimous All-American at the University of South Carolina.

Well guess what … Beasley may not have been so delusional after all.

The 6-foot-3, 246-pound pass rusher put on a clinic for NFL scouts over the weekend in Indianapolis, Indiana – showing off a potent combination of speed, strength and agility that silenced his critics and boosted his draft stock.

Beasley ran the forty-yard dash in a blazing fast 4.53 seconds – matching Clowney’s mark from a year ago.  But it was his performance on the bench press that really raised eyebrows.  Beasley lifted 225 pounds an impressive 35 times – or fourteen more reps than Clowney turned in last year.

Yeah …

Beasley’s speed and strength were the tops among all linebackers at the combine … meaning it’s no longer a question of “if” he gets selected in the first round of the NFL draft in April, but “where.”  Both the New Orleans Saints (pick No. 13) and Pittsburgh Steelers (pick No. 22) need outside rush help … and after his combine performance we don’t see any way Beasley slips out of the top two dozen picks.

“It’s time to acknowledge that Beasley is one of the top pass-rushing prospects in the 2015 class,” NFL.com reported.  “He has silenced critics questioning his size, strength and power.”

That’s for sure …

It’s also time for us to revisit our remarks from six months ago … giving Beasley credit where credit is due.  Now, to be fair Clowney has clearly not been playing at 100 percent since his breakout sophomore campaign in 2012.  In fact some question whether the 6-foot-5, 266-pound defensive end will ever be the same player after undergoing risky microfracture surgery on his right knee last December.

The Houston Texans – who took Clowney with the top overall pick last year – sounded an optimistic tone last week, with head coach Bill O’Brien saying Clowney was on “the right track” in his rehabilitation.

Let’s hope so …

Our view?  Both Clowney and Beasley are insanely gifted athletes who have the potential to consistently dominate even the best NFL offensive linemen.

In fact we hope they’re able to keep this “better player” debate going over the coming decade on the NFL gridiron … because that would be something to watch.

For now, though, it’s safe to say Beasley has made a pretty compelling case …

Pic: Travis Bell Photography

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38 comments

GrandTango February 23, 2015 at 9:43 am

Didn’t FITS tell us Sammy Watkins was already better than Jerry Rice, after a sand-lot-like Practice film was linked, last year, of Watkins catching a football w/ one hand???…

LMAO…..

FITS is true to his Democrat-base. Always yelling to you HOW GOOD IT’s GONE BE”…but he’s silent when all of his predictions of grandeur turn into a pile of ignorant S#!t…that is so befitting him…

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E Norma Scok February 23, 2015 at 9:56 am

How, exactly, would Beasley had beaten Clowney?

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GrandTango February 23, 2015 at 9:59 am

Clowney played for South Carolina and Beasley played for Clemson…

The teams – and players -played against each other and kept SCORE……One won and the other was BEATEN…you IGNORANT F*#K….

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Try To Keep Up February 23, 2015 at 10:10 am

Right, but the point is that you used the on-field argument to make the case that Beasley isn’t necessarily better than Clowney (and I don’t agree that Beasley is better, fyi). That’s like saying Germone Hopper is better than Pharoh Cooper because Hopper beat Cooper on the field. It’s a stupid argument, THAT is the point. But you ALWAYS miss the point, so what’s new?

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GrandTango February 23, 2015 at 10:20 am

But it’s OK for FITS to take a combine workout – that was not on-field – to extrapolate that Beasley is better than Clowney…

Thanks for showing me how F*#king stupid you are…

And this is why I kick your @$$ day in and day out……you are so focused on trying to prove yourself to me…you open yourself up to looking like a flat-minded Dumb@$$…

If only I saw it, it would not be so embarrassing for you…because I know who, and what, your are…but when you post on here for all to see…it lets everyone know what a F*#king idiot you are…LMAO….

Try To Keep Up February 23, 2015 at 10:28 am

I didn’t say anything was ‘OK’. In fact, if you look above, I called the story ‘irrelevant’. So, nice try in trying to spin your stupid argument. I called you out for it and instead of addressing, as usual you turn things around and try to make it about me, pretending you have done things (‘I kick your @$$ day in and day out’) that you have clearly not and presuming to know things (‘I know who, and what, your are’) that you also clearly do not (NSA much?). Try to stick to the point where I destroy your illogic and address that. I’ll be waiting, but I’m sure I’ll get nothing more than straw man rant from you yet gain.

GrandTango February 23, 2015 at 11:25 am

LMAO…It’s so easy to make you look like a DUMB-@$$…Don’t say it if you try to retract it, as soon as I out you…Hahahaha…

You give me a million feet of rope…I just slip noose it…and you do the rest…LMAO…Hahahaha..

Try To Keep Up February 23, 2015 at 12:00 pm

Man, oh man, you just can’t stop the spin. You have your little spiel where you try and cover your idiocy by circumventing the issue and disavowing your own words. On top of that, you pretend like I ‘retracted’ something. Do show where I retracted anything. Please, just point it out. Quit pretending like it’s there and point it out! You can’t, because it’s not there but you’ll keep pretending it is. I’m sure of it and I can’t wait to here more obfuscation from you. And while you’re at it, confess your error in your ‘on the field’ argument about Clowney/Beasley. After all, if you believe that (il)logic, then you also must believe that Germone Hopper is better than Pharoh Cooper. Until you retract that argument, I’ll assume you believe that.
I don’t care how many straw men you try to build about me. I have exposed you for what you are numerous times on here and you have never responded to that. All you have ever done is skirt around the real issue(s) and try shift the focus elsewhere. It isn’t working. I see what your game is and it’s a loser’s game. Either address the points at hand or don’t address at all.

RHood2 February 23, 2015 at 2:22 pm

Look Dork. He’s not saying Beasley is better. He’s saying Beasley wasn’t delusional to make the statement. Their combine performance is similar, and in Beasley’s favor, the reps were better. Now, put up their stats through their first three years in college and compare those. Then you can say, XX was a better college player. As for the pros, time will tell.

JD Clown February 23, 2015 at 7:45 pm

Don’t have a dog in this fight. But it’s obvious try to keep up is owning GT in this argument. nuff said…

Squishy123 February 23, 2015 at 2:47 pm

Yeah you’re a regular internet bad-ass.

Pot Calling Kettle February 23, 2015 at 2:58 pm

How about you talk to Mr. Clowney about your racist feelings and the fact you think he is not as tough as you are? You would shit your pants in a second if you came anywhere near JD. But have to give it to you, you have a lot of balls calling out Tango on this. It’s ok to be orange, just don’t be so stupid.

Squishy123 February 23, 2015 at 9:32 pm

First of all, I’m older than Clowney, he hasn’t earned a “Mr.” from me. Clowney is a prima-donna, he better improve his game 1000% over last year or Houston is going to send him packing and write it off as the franchise’s biggest bust of all time.

It doesn’t take balls to call out Tango, everyone here already knows he’s an idiot.

Try To Keep Up February 23, 2015 at 10:08 am

Your rants are so predictable. Just another irrelevant comment on an irrelevant story.

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Sarah Failin February 23, 2015 at 12:02 pm

“FITS is true to his Democrat-base”

What the F do Democrat/Republican issues have to do with Beasley’s football abilities?

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Boss Man February 23, 2015 at 12:08 pm

He’s proving there’s a correlation between ignorance and Right-Wing politics.

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Try To Keep Up February 23, 2015 at 2:59 pm

GT is anything but ‘Right-Wing’. He’s much more to the left with his tactics and profane spiel. He has never once articulated any type of conservative ideals. I believe he has been best described previously as a ‘crony capitalist defending neo-trotskyite’. However you want to categorize it, that’s about right.

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GrandTango February 23, 2015 at 1:16 pm

Most flat-minded people have NO ability – or the intelligence – to understand analogy…you F*#king idiot…and I have NO time, or the inclination, to educate you….

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Try To Keep Up February 23, 2015 at 2:53 pm

Ok, well, let me educate you.
Making an analogy is one thing. Using that analogy in the proper place is quite another. You made an analogy and, in your never-ending FITS paranoia, injected it into something where it has no business going. Only ‘flat-minded’ and simple-minded individuals would try to make it applicable here. ‘NO ability’ much?

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sarah failin February 23, 2015 at 4:09 pm

You calling me a “F*#king idiot? Flat-minded”?
First, you don’t even know me. Second, my education, income, and status on the food chain of life is almost surely (that means with probability one) greater than yours.
Third, I will be more than happy to bitchslap your Precambrian ass even lower — you’ll need an umbrella to keep the ants from pissing on you when I’m done.

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GrandTango February 23, 2015 at 4:25 pm

What so me of you do not realize is that you represent who, and what, you are w/ your posts…That’s the beauty of the written word. It’s hard to hide who you really are…

I know you’re struggling to express how smart you are…but what you articulate is ignorance, pack-think and liberalism (all pretty much synonymous.)

Whoever told you you’d have to be leftwing to be interesting, misled the H#!! out of you….You’re a F*#king bore….on top of being wrong…

sarah failin February 23, 2015 at 8:00 pm

I think I know why your blog died.

Squishy123 February 23, 2015 at 9:28 pm

I don’t know if it was really ever alive, it was kind of an abortion from the beginning.

Gamecock Hall of Fame February 23, 2015 at 10:04 am

Beasley is an outright beast on the football field. Desire, work ethic, ability. The full package. Who is this Clowney guy again?

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jimlewisowb February 23, 2015 at 12:48 pm

Clowney is a Captain again – no not that kind of Captain

Captain of the third shift at Popeye’s off Cherry Rd, Rock Hill, SC

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Squishy123 February 23, 2015 at 2:45 pm

Hope he watches out for that floor drain, he’s liable to end up in the ICU if he steps on it.

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Taj Still Has Nightmares February 23, 2015 at 2:53 pm

Perhaps with his $22.272 guaranteed contract, he will buy a few Popeyes and allow you and Pussy123 to work there.

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jimlewisowb February 23, 2015 at 4:48 pm

I hope he will and if he does buy a Popeye’s will make the trip to Rock Hill and purchase a wing dinner even if beer is not available

However, I am of the opinion he will manage his money like his football career

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Squishy123 February 23, 2015 at 9:27 pm

I ate at a Popeye’s once, that’s some shitty chicken. Almost as bad as Church’s chicken. I don’t understand why black people flock to these places… must be cheap.

southmauldin February 23, 2015 at 12:55 pm

I hate Clemson, but Beasley is a monster and a good guy. Hope he makes millions and glad we won’t have to see him again.

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mamatiger92 February 23, 2015 at 2:28 pm

Classy post. +1

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Yep February 23, 2015 at 4:07 pm

Beasley has the upper body strength that Clowney has never had(or had the work ethic to develop).

I called that out last year btw and someone posted some BS response about “core” strength/balance.

Clowney should have been converted to tight end. It’s debatable as to whether he has the genes to be an upper body freak in the NFL anyway even if he had the work ethic.

Shit, take a look at Corey Miller’s upper body(at linebacker none the less) and tell me that Clowney could ever compare.(and Miller is fat/out of shape now too)

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uh oh February 23, 2015 at 4:36 pm

Vick has the work ethic that Clowney does not. Vick is not a show boater. And Vick is a pretty smart guy too. Add to all of that he is pretty good on the piano as well. He will go into the NFL and quietly do his thing, makes lots of money, take his degree when he is tired of hitting around in the NFL, and be able to support himself just fine long after his football career is over. So much more to this young man.

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MW McGill February 23, 2015 at 11:22 pm

Clowney was born a freakish athlete. By sheer force of will, Beasley has made himself into a freakish athlete. If I had to choose, I’d take the guy who worked his way to the top over the guy who was born there.

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fitsforthegoodoldboys February 24, 2015 at 7:29 am

I’m sure he was waiting anxiously for your approval. NOT.

You were wrong about him and you are WRONG to be a blowhard for Andre Bauer.

SMH. Fits becomes the good ole boy apologist. What a disgrace.

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Gamecock Fan February 25, 2015 at 5:13 pm

Beasley is a monster, and I don’t want to take anything away from his performance at the Combine. I certainly hope he has a long and amazing career filled with highlights we can all enjoy for years. However, I would like to provide a little bit of perspective for analyzing the natural athletic ability of these two freaks. While Beasley’s 4.53 second 40 time is incredibly impressive, Clowney’s was more so, because while Beasley weighs 236lbs, Clowney checks in at 266lbs. He’s a full 30 pounds heavier than Beasley is, and just as fast. I very much hope Clowney is able to return to full speed and the debate about which of these two is “better” goes on for years! Whoever drafts Beasley is getting an absolute beast.

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Truth May 1, 2015 at 5:27 pm

Point of Order…Beasley weighed an honest 246 lbs at the combine and measured taller than his Clemson published height. You are regurgitating his Clemson football roster weight and height, which all the draft “pundits” also used to denigrate him. Colleges underestimate some players and overestimate weight and height for others. I think this is to confuse opposing teams who are scouting them.

Anyway, Clowney has a couple inches on Beasley and the corresponding, proportional weight. Clowney is not superior simply for carrying more weight because he had more muscle mass to move it.

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Gamecock Fan May 6, 2015 at 9:52 am

Point of physics…Newton’s second law says force equals mass times acceleration. This means Clowney, carrying more mass and going the same speed as Beasley, is generating more force than Beasley is while doing so. Generating more force, in my opinion, is more impressive and makes one more valuable according to that specific attribute.

I am not saying Clowney is more valuable than Beasley as an overall player, or is a better athlete overall, simply that his 40 yard dash time is more impressive. Both are tremendous athletes, and Beasley has several other qualities which make him extremely valuable, it’d be pointless to debate their relative overall values until both of their careers are over. Hopefully, that won’t happen for a long time and these two great athletes will give us tons of incredible highlights.

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