Beason also had a down year before entering the draft. That said, I just don't think he's a good fit for us unless we really are moving to a 3-4, which I don't believe we are.
I just don't think he can play outside in the NFL. I mean, I could be wrong and I don't think he'd be a terrible strongside 'backer, we need someone on the weakside. I still think he's an inside guy in general, though. Playing him outside would not be using his skillset to its fullest potential.
I'm not sure how he would transition, but I'm positive he can play outside to an extent. He's got the speed and athleticism to make it happen at strong side. I agree though that he's better suited for inside regardless of the defensive alignment.
Zach Brown has shot up draft boards and some places have him as a top ten pick. If the Panthers stay in the 4-3, the Panthers will take a hard look at him if they are in the 8-10 range. He's a 6-2 230+ pound linebacker that can run a 4.48 and play all three LB spots well.