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"I'm a double-digit sack guy," said Beasley confidently. "I'm going to bring a great pass rush and put a lot of pressure on the quarterback."

When asked if he meant what he said; would he reach double digits in sacks? Beasley replied "Most definitely."

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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Falcons took a major step on Thursday to improve one of the weakest areas of their defense.

With the eighth-overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft, Atlanta chose former Clemson defensive end Vic Beasley. He'll instantly step in and provide an attack-the-quarterback style that has been sorely missed for years.

Beasley was the ACC's Defensive Player of the Year in 2014 after posting 12 sacks and 21.5 tackles for loss. During his senior season he became Clemson's all-time sack leader, breaking Michael Dean Perry's three-decade-old record (27 sacks).

The Falcons finished 30th in the NFL last season with just 22 sacks. Only one team (Cincinnati) posted fewer. Atlanta worked during the offseason to improve its linebacker corps with free-agent additions Justin Durant and Brooks Reed, and added defensive end Adrian Clayborn. But Beasley will be expected to be the crown jewel of the teams pass rush.

What general manager Thomas Dimitroff mentioned first when talking about the Falcons' first-round pick were two traits: Athleticism and ability to get around the corner of the offensive line and attack a quarterback. New head coach Dan Quinn added straight-line speed.

"The speed and the athleticism to get after the quarterback coming off the edge," said Quinn. "Those are the things that most fire us up."

The Falcons were also extremely impressed with Beasley off the field. The team had multiple meetings with him, both in Clemson at the Falcons' training facility in Flowery Branch, and came away stunned with his character.

"When you talk to a guy off the field and you have your world squared away, you know it right away," said Quinn. "That was one of the things that initially impressed Thomas and myself when we had a chance to visit with him."

But it's his pass-rush skills that will benefit the Falcons.

Quinn called Beasley's best attribute his first-step quickness. The Falcons were impressed with how fast Beasley got into attack mode and then how fast he was at getting around the edge set by the offensive line and to the quarterback.

Beasley said he expected to be picked before the Falcons selected at No. 8. But he was ecstatic to land with the team he grew up loving as a fan. While he didn't exactly know who he'd play for, not that he's with Atlanta, and head coach Dan Quinn, he knows what's expected of him.

"Coach Quinn did a great job coaching up there in Seattle and he used Bruce Irvin very well in the LEO position," said Beasley on a video conference call from Chicago. " I think he plans to do the same with me."

The LEO is typically a team's best pass rusher and will line up outside the offensive tackle on the quarterback's blind side. From there Beasley will attack.

"I'm a double-digit sack guy," said Beasley confidently. "I'm going to bring a great pass rush and put a lot of pressure on the quarterback."

When asked if he meant what he said; would he reach double digits in sacks? Beasley replied "Most definitely."

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"When you talk to a guy off the field and you have your world squared away, you know it right away," said Quinn. "That was one of the things that initially impressed Thomas and myself when we had a chance to visit with him."

The kid knows what he wants. Part of that want was being an Atlanta Falcon. It is too perfect. I am at a loss for words. I am a true Falcon Fanatic tonight and the season cannot get here fast enough.

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"When you talk to a guy off the field and you have your world squared away, you know it right away," said Quinn. "That was one of the things that initially impressed Thomas and myself when we had a chance to visit with him."

The kid knows what he wants. Part of that want was being an Atlanta Falcon. It is too perfect. I am at a loss for words. I am a true Falcon Fanatic tonight and the season cannot get here fast enough.

Man, just...man...

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"When you talk to a guy off the field and you have your world squared away, you know it right away," said Quinn. "That was one of the things that initially impressed Thomas and myself when we had a chance to visit with him."

The kid knows what he wants. Part of that want was being an Atlanta Falcon. It is too perfect. I am at a loss for words. I am a true Falcon Fanatic tonight and the season cannot get here fast enough.

Falcons just drafted the Julio Jones of the defense.

Whole D just got better. Alford in particular is going to be happy- his job just much easier. If Hageman develops, Falcons could actually have a respectable D next year.

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"When you talk to a guy off the field and you have your world squared away, you know it right away," said Quinn. "That was one of the things that initially impressed Thomas and myself when we had a chance to visit with him."

The kid knows what he wants. Part of that want was being an Atlanta Falcon. It is too perfect. I am at a loss for words. I am a true Falcon Fanatic tonight and the season cannot get here fast enough.

He is a fan and knows we struggled...so happy we got our guy.

+1 to TD for staying put...and it worked out

I feel like break dancing...pop locking.

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*press video*

Hearing em say fired up three times in about thirty seconds was hilarious. That said, hearing them say Vic was our guy from the start and Dimi was happy they didn't trade up to pick 2 or 3 for him (o.O) made me feel great about Pioli as an influence. Seriously think he's prevented us from wasting picks the last couple years. Great pick.

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Not sure about next year, we still got issues at FS and ILB, and Hageman/Beasley have a lot to learn, but if team continues to focus on D in this draft we could be interesting defensively in 2016

May not have to wait that long. Quinn will put in a simplified D and teach fundamentals.

Strangely enough, Oline may be the key. If the Oline is healthy and solid, the offense could be so dominate that it forces the opposing offense to be one dimensional. Assumes they draft a RB high or that Freeman takes off.

That happens and Beasley can just tee off on the QB, gonna be fun.

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May not have to wait that long. Quinn will put in a simplified D and teach fundamentals.

Strangely enough, Oline may be the key. If the Oline is healthy and solid, the offense could be so dominate that it forces the opposing offense to be one dimensional. Assumes they draft a RB high or that Freeman takes off.

That happens and Beasley can just tee off on the QB, gonna be fun.

One thing that just popped into my head is that Beasley is probably going to be practicing against Matthews a lot. That's got to help both of them, with them both being so young and athletic. Training camp is going to be super competitive.

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May not have to wait that long. Quinn will put in a simplified D and teach fundamentals.

Strangely enough, Oline may be the key. If the Oline is healthy and solid, the offense could be so dominate that it forces the opposing offense to be one dimensional. Assumes they draft a RB high or that Freeman takes off.

That happens and Beasley can just tee off on the QB, gonna be fun.

Besides OG, i'm hoping offensively we get Ryan a TE early(2nd or 3rd Rd) Edited by Vandy
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Todd Mcclure ‏@ToddMcclure62

Just meet @VicBeasley3 in hotel lobby. Smiling from ear to ear. I think @AtlantaFalcons got a good one here.

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Todd Mcclure ‏@ToddMcclure62

Great pick addressed a need got a great player and person. And did not have to sale the farm. #nowrushthepasser

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Besides OG, i'm hoping offensively we get Ryan a TE early(2nd or 3rd Rd)

Not a whole lot of TEs in this draft- think that's why they signed a couple this offseason- If Williams goes before 42, Falcons may just go with who they got now and address the issue next year. May do that anyway.

I'd like a RB in 2-3 myself, realize a TE would probably be around longer, but I want the offense to improve now while Ryan is in his prime.

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I starting to think that the D is going to be very good. I've not really felt all that great about the moves, but now it seems as though we have good death, and fast players. If we can get better at the safety position, then we may be set.

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Not a whole lot of TEs in this draft- think that's why they signed a couple this offseason- If Williams goes before 42, Falcons may just go with who they got now and address the issue next year. May do that anyway.

I'd like a RB in 2-3 myself, realize a TE would probably be around longer, but I want the offense to improve now while Ryan is in his prime.

I'd love to get Nick O'Leary....I think he'd flourish in our system.

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