With the NFL Draft two weeks away, Ben Boulware is not sweating it. Though the Clemson linebacker is not expecting to be drafted until Day 3, he says he is feeling not pressure as he waits for the big day.
“This is what I have done my whole life,” Boulware said to Good Morning Football on the NFL Network on Wednesday. “I’m confident with what I have done and what I have put on tape. We will see what happens.”
Boulware finished his career at Clemson with a team-high 131 tackles, including 11.5 tackles for loss and four sacks while leading the Tigers to their first national championship in 35 years.
“All I really need is an opportunity at this point,” Boulware said. “I don’t really lose sleep over the draft boards and where people are ranked. I just need an opportunity. I’m very confident in what I have done and what I will do. There is no losing sleep over this. I’m just ready to play ball again.”
In all, nine former Clemson players are expected to be drafted in this year draft which begins April 27 from Philadelphia, Pa. Quarterback Deshaun Watson and wide receiver Mike Williams are expected to be picked in the first 15 picks of the draft, while defensive tackle Carlos Watkins, defensive back Cordrea Tankersley, running back Wayne Gallman and tight end Jordan Leggett are expected to be selected in the second day of the draft.
Boulware, wide receiver Artavis Scott and safety Jadar Johnson are all Day 3 picks.
However, the one guy Boulware says every team is sleeping on is center Jay Guillermo. Right now, the two-time All-ACC Center is expected to be a free agent pickup.
“I really don’t why. I think as an offensive lineman and as a center, I think he has everything you want,” Boulware said. “He is 6-3. He is about 305. I think the main thing that separates him is his intelligence. He can diagnose plays and this ability to kind of direct traffic for the offense.
“Obviously, Deshaun was a huge part and all of our weapons with Wayne, Jordan, Mike and all of those guys, but Jay is just as big as those guys just being able to line guys up and direct traffic on the offensive line. I really don’t know why people are sleeping on Jay. I think he is going to surprise a lot of people. He is going to make a team and be a big contributor for whoever picks him up.”