This past week, the Clemson Tigers football program got a tremendous boost when junior defensive end Vic Beasley announced that he would bypass the chance to enter the 2014 NFL Draft, and return for his senior season.
Beasley had been going back and forth on the decision since the season ended, but ultimately decided that he wanted one more year of play in the ACC.
Recently, the defensive end spoke to ESPN about why he made that decision.
Of course, as you’d like to see with any student athlete, he cited wanting to obtain his degree before departing as one of the reasons.
I want to play in the NFL, it’s always been a dream. It’s kind of tough to turn down the opportunity to go in the first round. But I looked at the big picture, seeing I could get my degree and also have the possibility of improving my draft stock.
In regards to that last part about his draft stock, Beasley admitted that he received a second-round grade from the advisory board, which isn’t terrible, but he still believes that he is a first round talent, and will look to prove that next season.
It was second round, but I felt like I had the intangibles and ability to go in the first round.
With the losses on offense for the Tigers, they’re going to need all the help they can get on the defensive side of the ball to keep them in some games, which is why having the All-ACC talent back is such a big boost.