Beasley blazes through NFL Combine with speed, power

Clemson defensive lineman Vic Beasley runs the 40-yard dash at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

CLEMSON – It’s not just the guys scoring touchdowns for Clemson who can blaze from Point A to Point B.

Outside linebacker prospect Vic Beasley scorched his way through 40 yards in a miniscule 4.53 seconds, while inside linebacker Stephone Anthony made it in 4.56 seconds during Sunday’s NFL Combine timing drills in Indianapolis.

Beasley’s was the fastest time among defensive linemen and linebackers, while only LSU linebacker Kwon Alexander (4.55) was able to best Anthony.

This marked the end of a wildly successful Combine for Beasley, Clemson’s former All-American defensive end and all-time leading sack leader who projects as a first-round candidate on April 30.

Beasley measured in at 246 pounds, putting on 11 pounds of muscle since leaving college, and his 35 repetitions of bench-pressing a 225-pound bar co-led all defensive linemen and linebackers.

Beasley’s 6.91-second cone drill was best at the two positions, his 4.15-second 20-yard shuttle was second-best, and his 41-inch vertical jump and 130-inch broad jump were each the third-best figures among the group.

South Carolina running back Mike Davis did not finish in the top five of any timing or strength category at his position. His 40-yard-dash time was 4.61, tied for 13th among backs.

Gamecocks offensive linemen Corey Robinson (28 bench presses) and A.J. Cann (26) tied for 10th and 13th, respectively, at the position.