By Rixon Lane
In case you didn't hear, Vic Beasley is a better college defensive lineman than Jadeveon Clowney.
This information may come as a surprise to you, but it has been passed to us by one of the most widely-respected college football talent evaluators in the business...Victor Beasley.
In fact, Victor Beasley is so sure of Vic Beasley's superiority that he has compared Beasley favorably to Clowney twice in three months.
Back in July, Beasley chided Clowney for his perceived lack of effort and hustle during his college career.
"He had his ways and I've got my ways," said Beasley. "I feel like his effort was suspect sometimes. But I guess that's the type of player he is, and showed what type of player he is."
On Monday, Beasley once again touted his excellence.
"I feel like I’m the better player,” he said.
Fair enough. Let's go to the stat sheets.
Here are Jadeveon Clowney's career stats, which he accumulated playing in 36 games:
85 solo tackles, 45 assists, 130 total tackles, 47.0 tackles for loss, 24.0 sacks
And here are Vic Beasley's career stats, after the first 37 games of his career:
47 solo tackles, 15 assists, 62 total tackles, 31.0 tackles for loss, 23.0 sacks
It would appear to the untrained eye that all of Clowney's numbers are higher than Beasley's. However, do not be fooled by simple facts. By taking Beasley's current numbers, we can project what his final career totals will be if he plays in 11 more games for the Tigers (take current stat, divide by 37, multiply by 11, add to original stat, round up). Here are Beasley's projected career numbers:
61 solo tackles, 20 assists, 81 total tackles, 40.5 tackles for loss, 30.0 sacks
Well, it seems that four of those career numbers, spanning four seasons, are still lower than four of Clowney's, which he racked up over three seasons. In fact, to tie Clowney's career numbers, Beasley would need 68 total tackles (38 solo and 30 assists) and 16.0 tackles for loss in his next 11 contests.
Of course, football isn't just numbers. There are also various ways for defensive linemen to be honored for their efforts. Beasley was a finalist for the Hendricks Award, a first-team All-American, and a Bednarik Award semi-finalist.
Meanwhile, Clowney could only manage to win the Hendricks award, play two seasons as a first-team All-American, be named a semi-finalist for the Nagurski Trophy, the Rotary Lombardi Award twice, and the Bednarik Award, win the SEC Freshman of the Year, finish sixth in the voting for the Heisman Trophy, set the single-game sack record for Beasley's home stadium, and become the top-pick in the NFL Draft.
With all this evidence, it should be obvious that Beasley is clearly the better player.