Top 2015 Edge Prospect: Vic Beasley vs Dante Fowler

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At the Combine

Fowler came through the measurement and weigh-in portion ahead of Beasley to start the combine. They both stood 6’3″ but Fowler is longer with 33 3/4-inch long arms to Beasley’s 32 1/2. Fowler also came in 15 pounds heavier at 261 pounds to Beasley’s 246 but the arm-length is what’s big for pass-rushers.

That would be all Fowler came out on top with as Beasley is stronger with 35 reps of 225 to Fowler’s 19. Beasley’s also about a step faster with a 4.53 40-time with Fowler ending up running a 4.6. It was Beasley again in the vertical leap at 40 inches to Fowler’s 32 and in the 3-cone drill at 6.91 seconds to Fowler’s 7.4.

Beasley’s vertical leap and broad jump of 130 inches to 112 for Fowler indicates he has more explosion off the ball. Fowlers arm-length gives him the advantage on swim-moves in a pass-rush and shedding blocks. Beasley’s strength is an advantage for him in both shedding and taking on blocks and his 3-cone drill-time gives him more potential to be good in coverage.

So it comes down to how well they use each gift they have.

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