ANDERSON, S.C. — With the 2017 NFL Draft less than four weeks away, former Clemson Tigers Ben Boulware and Jordan Leggett are not expecting to have big blowout draft parties like some of their other Clemson teammates might have.
Leggett is expected to possibly be a late Day 2 selection in the draft, while Boulware is not expected to go until Day 3. The NFL Draft will be held on April 27-29 in Philadelphia, Pa. Leggett and Boulware are one of nine Clemson players expected to be selected in this year’s draft.
“I will just be chillin’,” Boulware said. “I know I will not get drafted as high as (Leggett) so I know I will not have a big party.”
Boulware and Leggett were at the Anderson Mall on Saturday signing autographs for Clemson fans, one of the many autograph sessions the two have had since the Tigers claimed the national championship in January.
Boulware plans to stay in his hometown of Anderson and will spend the weekend with his family. He does not expect to be drafted until the later rounds.
“I don’t really want some big draft party probably because I will be pissed because I will be seeing guys go in front of me that I’m better than,” the former Clemson linebacker said. “I will probably be in a bad mood for most of the day so I will probably be just with my parents and my brothers and sister.
“It will not be a big draft-day party for me. I will just be chillin’.”
Though Leggett says he will be throwing a party, he says it will not come until after he is drafted.
“I will be hanging out,” the tight end said. “It will pretty much just be me and my family on Thursday and Friday. Then on Saturday, I’m either off the board before that or that day so after that I will have a little celebration party with me and my family and closest friends and stuff like that.”
Between now and then, the two former Clemson stars say they will stay in shape and just wait and see what happens. They have had interviews with several NFL teams already and they are sure to have a few more before draft weekend gets here. After that it is off to rookie minicamp and trying to fulfill their NFL dreams.
“Just staying in shape, and whenever you do get that phone call, you have a week or two to report to wherever you are going,” Leggett said. “After that it is just about going out there and trying to win a job and making the team. It is just a matter of being in the best shape possible so you have to get that extra rep that some guys are not getting.”
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