Falcons pick Vic Beasley in first round
With Dan Quinn now the head coach in Atlanta, it was logical to believe defense would be the priority with the eighth overall pick. Quinn got his man with the selection of Clemson linebacker Vic Beasley.
Beasley is 6-3 and weighs 246 pounds. He had 52.5 tackles for loss, 33 sacks, 29 quarterback pressures, 11 pass breakups, seven forced fumbles, two recovered fumbles and two touchdowns in his 25 starts for the Tigers.
The Falcons picked a hometown kid, as Beasley attended Adairsville High School, just 60 miles northwest of Atlanta. Beasley grew up a Falcons fan and had publicly said he would not mind being selected by Atlanta.
Beasley will step right in and play at linebacker. It will be interesting to see how the Falcons line up the new players, as they signed free agents Brooks Reed and Justin Durant to help at outside linebacker.
There were reports the Falcons tried to trade up to get Washington's pick at five and New York's pick at six, but Atlanta stayed put at eight and selected Beasley. They had a choice between Beasley and Kentucky defensive end Bud Dupree, who was reportedly a better fit for Quinn's system.
Atlanta could trade up into the late first round to gain an offensive lineman, or they might wait until their second round pick at number 42.
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