Clemson All-American defensive end Vic Beasley hasn't thrown his name in the NFL draft ring yet. The junior has until Jan. 15 to join Tiger receivers Sammy Watkins and Martavis Bryant and defensive back Bashaud Breeland.
His head coach says, after multiple talks with him, that he believes the ACC sack leader is "struggling" with the decision between returning and taking the next step.
"My gut is that he probably would love to come back," Dabo Swinney said on WCCP's Roy Philpott Show, "but I just think he has a legitimate tough decision to make. He got a second-round grade (from the NFL advisory board). Maybe he could slip into the first round - who knows? Every time another guy comes out, that pool gets bigger and bigger and it's a bottle-neck at those 32 spots because they don't change. It's 32 spots.
"That's just weighing on him. I think he definitely wants to be a first-rounder and I think he wants to be a high first-rounder. He just has to make a decision in what he's comfortable with."
CBSSports.com pegs him as the No. 27 pick to New Orleans currently, in a draft order that will shuffle as the NFL playoffs continue to unfold.
"My opinion is again that unless you're a sure-fire first-rounder," Swinney said, "my opinion has always been you should come back. That's just an opinion. All of these guys have to make decisions based on their situations. Things that they feel in their heart and then they can't look back.
"We'll support Vic either way he goes. We hope he comes back. I don't know that. He has not made a decision, but I think we'll know in the next couple days. "
Swinney says Beasley knows where he stands and now it's up to the Adairsville, Ga., native to make a choice.
"We've talked many times and given him our thoughts and opinion. It's all on him," said Swinney. "We just support him in whatever he decides to do. He doesn't owe us anything. He owes himself to do what he think is best. Whatever he decides we're good with. Hopefully he's back and and that's a good thing for him and us. If he leaves, I think he's going to do great there too."