Chad Beasley Analysis

The Vikings finally got a defensive lineman in the seventh round. Here is what the experts think of defensive tackle Chad Beasley.

Positives: Well-built with solid muscle definition and the frame to add at least 15 more pounds…Quickly diagnoses the plays and has above-average lateral agility in pursuit…Plays at a good pad level, showing strength at the point of attack to gain leverage…Has good hand placement, using his jolt to press the gaps…Uses his leg drive well to push the pocket…Sees blocking schemes effectively and is very adept to pick up the screens…Has great character and is a dependable leader.

Negatives: Needs to improve his overall strength, as he tends to get pushed around by the larger blockers…Has narrow hips and shoulders…Lacks explosion coming off the snap and is slow to shoot the gaps…More of a push-the-pocket type than one that initiates contact…Does not have the closing speed to be effective as a pass rusher.

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Positives: Very hard worker and good competitor. Toiled in the weight room to add size and strength and to better his athletic testing numbers. Now has big-league weight-room numbers. Bench-presses more than 400 pounds, has squatted more than 600 and reportedly has a 35-inch vertical jump. On the field, he is a high-motor, relentless player who always hustles and chases.

Negatives: Lacks a wide power base and train. As a result, he has a hard time translating weight-room numbers to the field and is not a power player. Average pass rusher. Has never had more than two sacks in a season.

Summary: Not the prospect his father was but will have a chance because he has his father's heart and competitiveness and has really worked hard to add weight and strength.

Summary: In-the-box type. Still not where teams want but has improved a lot.

THE GOOD: Nice sized interior player that works hard. Breaks down well, plays low to the ground with leverage and rarely off his feet. Keeps moving forwards, gets push up the field and holds his ground against blocks. Displays a solid spin move, can twist or stunt and makes plays laterally. Disciplined and not only rushes the passer but defends the run.

THE BAD: Lacks body redirection, not explosive off the snap and has only a short burst of speed.

THE SKINNY: Some size potential which, if met, would really help his cause at the next level. Definite long-term possibilities. Early Seventh Round.

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