Beasley mulling big decision

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney joined The Roy Philpott Show on Thursday afternoon. One of the topics for discussion was the status of Vic Beasley.

Less than a week before the deadline to declare for the NFL Draft, Vic Beasley remains undecided with his decision. A recipient of a second-round grade from the league's draft advisory board, Beasley appears to be the final Clemson junior still torn on the decision to go pro or stay in school.

Bashaud Breeland, Martavis Bryant and Sammy Watkins have declared for the draft. Stephone Anthony and Corey Crawford will return to school.

"He's kind of, I think, struggling with it," Swinney said. "I think [Beasley] really wants to come back to school. There are a lot of things on the table for him. Then, there's that pull of having a chance to go fulfill the dream of being an NFL guy. Those things are tough decisions for young people."

The coach's stance remains unchanged.

"My opinion is, unless you're a sure-fire first-rounder, my opinion has always been you should come back. But that's just an opinion," Swinney said. "All these guys have to make a decision based on their situation, things that they feel in their heart. Then, they can't look back.

"We'll support Vic either way he goes. Hope he comes back. I don't know that and he has not made a decision. I think we'll know in the next couple of days."

Jan. 15 is the deadline for Beasley, who had 13 sacks in 2013.

"My gut is that he probably would love to come back, but I just think that he has a legitimate, tough decision to make," Swinney said. "He got a second-round grade, maybe he could slip up into that first-round, who knows?

"But, every time a guy comes out, that pool gets bigger and bigger and it's a bottleneck into those 32 spots, because they don't change, its 32 spots.

"So I think that's just weighing on him. I definitely think he wants to be a first-rounder, and I think he wants to be a high first-rounder. He just has to make a decision, what he's comfortable with, but again, we've talked many times, given him our thoughts and opinions.

"It's all him. We just support him, whatever he decides to do. He doesn't owe us anything, I mean he owes himself to do what he thinks is best. Whatever he decides, we're good with, so hopefully he's back. That would be, obviously, a great thing for, I think, for him and for all of us. If he leaves, I think he's going to do great there, too."

In three seasons, Beasley has 21 career sacks. With eight more, he would pass Michael Dean Perry and Gaines Adams for the all-time Clemson record.

"It's been a lot of fun seeing him grow and mature and develop into the type of player that we knew he could be," Swinney said.

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