While coveting and losing out on a blue-chip nose tackle in the first round, the Vikings waited six rounds before drafting another defensive lineman. In fact, when Vikings head coach Mike Tice entered the media room after six rounds of drafting, he said the Vikings were hoping for Chad Beasley in the seventh.
They got him. And in getting Beasley they got a 6-foot-5, 303-pound lineman who could add another 15 pounds. Beasley has good technique and is good at diagnosing plays with solid vision.
He was a two-year starter at Virginia Tech and was considered a team leader. His father, Tom, starred with the Hokies and played for Pittsburgh, where he won two Super Bowls, and Washington in the NFL. His cousin, Jake Houseright, was the starting middle linebacker at Virginia Tech.
In 1998, Chad Beasley played in every game as a freshman, making 28 tackles. In 1999, he played in every game, starting three, and finished with 39 tackles and two sacks. He was named All-Big East second-team in his junior year, when he started 10 games and had 58 tackles, eight for a loss. He was named All-Big East again his senior season, recording 57 tackles and two sacks.
Beasley runs a 5.15 40-yard dash, has a 31-inch vertical jump and bench presses 225 pounds 27 times. He scored a very impressive 34 on the Wonderlic.
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