Leading up to the NFL Draft many teams will continue their evaluation process on prospects while altering their draft boards in preparation for Draft day. Couch Potato GM will provide you a breakdown of two prospects matched against each other with similar draft projections to get you prepped for the 2015 draft. Voting option below for your input on who you think the better prospect is.
The Similarities: In a draft class that is loaded with pass rushers, Shane Ray and Vic Beasley are the two most explosive in this year’s draft. Their first step and jump off the line of scrimmage is unmatched but what makes both players great is their ability to bend their bodies while torquing hips and shoulders to turn to and through the quarterback. Both players also play with great hands and use them consistently in getting around offensive lineman. The ability to change direction with ease is another attribute both Ray and Beasley possess.
The Differences: Shane Ray’s motor is a huge difference between the two highly touted prospects. Ray is relentless as he never stops running and never gives up on a play, playing every snap likes it’s his last. I also have to give the nod to Ray in terms of stopping the run. Ray shows consistent determination playing the run as well as the pass. Ray also shows a better inside rush than Beasley. At Missouri Ray lined up quite often as a three technique defensive tackle and held his own on the inside against offensive guards beating them with hand placement and burst off the snap. Vic Beasley’s athleticism and versatility is the reason why he will get his name called before Ray on draft day. Beasley’s only knock coming into the NFL combine was his weight but he answered that question weighing in at 246 pounds while maintaining his athleticism running a 4.53 fourty with 35 reps in the bench press. Beasley is a more versatile athlete than Ray as he is able to stand up as an outside 3-4 linebacker and play in space with the ability to drop back in coverage. Shane Ray is better equipped to play on the defensive line as a hand in the dirt defensive end while Beasley will be a better fit in a 3-4 system standing up as an outside linebacker with the versatility to also play weak side line backer in a 4-3 defense at the next level.
NFL Comparison: Shane Ray – Jerry Hughes ; Vic Beasley – Bruce Irvin
The Verdict: The Front Office likes Vic Beasley