Victor Beasley Jr. was born on July 8, 1992 in Adairsville, GA, where he graduated from Adairsville High School. As a redshirt freshman, he received minimal playing time in nine games. But managed to tally two tackles and a stop on special teams. As a sophomore, he served as a reserve in 13 games, tallying 18 tackles, eight tackles for loss, eight sacks, two pass breakups and one forced fumble. His junior year, he started all 13 games at defensive end on his way to earn first team All-ACC and second-team All-American honors. He was also a finalist for the Ted Hendricks Award (top defensive end) and semifinalist for Lombardi Award (top lineman/linebacker) and Bednarik Award (top defender). He finished the year with 44 tackles, 23 for loss, 13 sacks, six pass breakups, four forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. As a senior, he started 12 of 13 games. He finished the year with 37 tackles, 21.5 tackles for loss, 12 sacks, three pass breakups, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery he took 16 yards for a touchdown. He would be named a finalist oft he Ted Hendricks, Lombardi and Bednarik Awards, and also a semifinalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy (top defender), as well as being named ACC Defensive Player of the Year while earning first team All-ACC and All-American honors. He was originally selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the first round (8th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. He was voted to the Pro Bowl in 2016.
Signed by Atlanta Falcons on June 12, 2015.
Signed to a four-year deal worth $14,495,228, which is fully guaranteed. His deal also included a signing bonus of $8,801,984. There is a team option for a fifth-year in 2019 that will be the average of the top 10 2018 salaries at his position. Upon it being exercised, the option will be guaranteed for injury. On the first day of the league year in 2019, the option becomes fully guaranteed. He will also receive a series of roster bonuses in 2016-18 which will be fully guaranteed on the third day of the league year. Those bonuses are for the amounts of: $568,874 (2016); $1,137,748 (2017); and $1,706,622 (2018). His base salaries are as follows: $435,000 (2015); $525,000 (2016); $615,000 (2017); and $705,000 (2018). That gives him cap hits of (rounded to nearest hundred): $2.6355 million (2015); $3.2944 million (2016); $3.9532 million (2017); $4.6121 million (2018).