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The loaded 2015 pass-rusher class

USC's Leonard Williams is the best overall player in the 2015 NFL draft class. AP Photo/Julio Cortez

There was an impressive group of edge rushers on display during the workouts Sunday at the 2015 NFL combine, but the biggest standout was Clemson's Vic Beasley.

The biggest question for him on tape is whether he has the strength to set the edge against the run. He still isn't a sure thing in this regard, but his measuring in at 6-foot-3, 246 pounds (up from 220 pounds in the spring) and bench-pressing 35 reps were positive signs.

Moreover, he proved that he has that one elite skill you need to overcome size and strength issues as an NFL pass-rusher, with his exceptional straight-line speed (4.53 40-yard dash and 1.59 10-yard split, the latter of which is the stuff of elite edge rushers and a predictive measure for NFL success) that matches the quickness we see from him on tape.

I think his performance solidifies him as a first-round pick, somewhere in the top 25. He's unlikely to be there when the Dallas Cowboys pick at No. 27, but he makes a lot of sense for the Pittsburgh Steelers at No. 22.

Here's a look at how the rest of the top edge rushers, interior defensive linemen and linebackers fared on Sunday (note, Missouri's Shane Ray didn't work out due to an injury):