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Wait almost over, Vic Beasley talks draft destinations

Clemson's Vic Beasley, right, played defensive end with the Tigers, so there’s no tape at outside linebacker, but his body and rage will make him a force in the NFL.
Clemson's Vic Beasley, right, played defensive end with the Tigers, so there’s no tape at outside linebacker, but his body and rage will make him a force in the NFL. AP

Vic Beasley’s had a lot of time to think about his NFL future – from the lead-up to his decision last year to the four-month gap since the end of last season.

So, it’s not surprising – in a world of mock draft after mock draft – that he has some projections of his own, which he shared with ESPN Radio’s Charlotte affiliate this week.

“No team has shown more interest than the others. I just have predictions where I might land,” he told ESPN 730’s Inside the Lines. “It’s a toss-up, man. It’s a toss-up. I’m going with – I'll say, probably between the Falcons, the Bears and the Raiders. That’s what I’m picking.”

Those three select in order at No. 4 (Oakland), No. 7 (Chicago) and No. 8 (Atlanta) come Thursday in Chicago.

Mid-April NFL.com reported Oakland sending a four-man crew to work-out the highly-regarded pass rusher, including D-coordinator Ken Norton Jr.

An Adairsville (Ga.) product, Beasley has made it no secret he’s a ‘diehard Falcons fan.’

“It would be a dream come true,” Beasley said. “Grew up a fan of the Falcons and that will be a special moment for me.”

The former Tiger says, despite constant critiques from NFL analysts, that teams haven’t identified his size as an issue. Back at the NFL combine, Beasley wowed by weighing in over 245 pounds. He’s eyeing development in mentality most.

“Just playing with an edge each play and playing lights-out,” said Beasley. “I think I could improve in that area. That’s going to be the next-step to take my game to the next level in the next phase of my life.” 1 / 4

As for what’s next in TigerTown, Beasley has no worries for the rebuild of the nation’s top defense.

“I know my position is in great hands with Shaq Lawson and Kevin Dodd,” he said. “I think the biggest question is going to be the linebackers and I think they’re going to step up and rise to the challenge. It’s going to be exciting to see Clemson play again this year.”

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