The Atlanta Falcons brought in Clemson’s Vic Beasley and Kentucky’s Alvin “Bud” Dupree for private workouts at the team’s facilities Flowery Branch today according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport. That follows up a report from last week that indicated the Falcons had traveled to Clemson, South Carolina to work out Beasley. It’s the third time the Falcons have gotten up close and personal with Beasley, as they also got to see him work out at his pro day at Clemson earlier in March. Dupree is another player that the Falcons have been keeping close tabs on after sending representatives to Lexington, Kentucky last week to work him out.
NFL teams are allowed a maximum of 30 players that are allowed to visit their own facilities, but there is no cap on how many players teams can work out at their respective college campuses. The Falcons are also expected to bring Florida pass-rusher Dante Fowler to the team’s facilities this weekend according to earlier reports.
The Falcons are entering the stretch run as they finalize their draft board for April 30’s opening night of the 2015 NFL Draft. The Falcons hold the eighth overall pick in the first round, and potentially could select Beasley, Dupree or Fowler with that selection. Almost all are projecting the team to use it’s top pick on a pass-rusher in the hopes that it improves a defense that ranked tied for 30th in the NFL last season with 22 sacks.
As noted before, Beasley compiled excellent production the past two years while starting for Clemson at defensive end. He recorded 78 tackles, 44.5 tackles for loss, 25 sacks and nine pass breakups over that span. Beasley is a native of Adairsville, Georgia, located about an hour north of Atlanta. He grew up a Falcons fan and indicated in March that playing for his hometown team would be a “dream come true.”
Dupree is also a Georgia native, hailing from just outside the Macon area, about two hours southeast of Atlanta. He started the past three years as both an outside linebacker and defensive end in Kentucky’s hybrid 3-4 scheme, but spent the majority of time playing on his feet at linebacker. Over the past three years, Dupree saw his sack totals increase every year, beginning with 6.5 sacks as a sophomore, increasing to seven and then 7.5 sacks during his final year. This past year, he also matched the career-high he set as a sophomore with 12.5 tackles for loss. Combined over the past three years, Dupree totaled 226 tackles, 34.5 tackles for loss, 21 sacks and two forced fumbles. He also broke up three passes and intercepted one. After earning second team All-SEC honors as a junior, he was elevated to first team honors as a senior.
Like Beasley, Dupree wowed at February’s Scouting Combine, posting an impressive 11-foot, 6-inch broad jump, which topped his position group and was the fourth-best broad jump of any player at any position at the Combine over the past decade. He also clocked a 4.56-second 40-yard dash and a vertical leap of 42 inches.