Clemson linebacker Ben Boulware signed a free agent contract on Saturday with the Carolina Panthers after not being drafted in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Boulware, Clemson’s All-American linebacker, Tweeted this after not being selected in the draft.
In all, Clemson had six players selected in the draft, which started with Mike Williams who was taken No. 7 overall by the L.A. Chargers on Thursday, while Watson was selected at No. 12 by the Houston Texans.
Three former Tigers were been taken on Saturday in the draft. Running back Wayne Gallman went No. 140 in the fourth round to the New York Giants. Defensive tackle Carlos Watkins was picked at No. 142 to the Houston Texans in the fourth round as well, and then tight end Jordan Leggett in the fifth round to the New York Jets with pick 150.
Boulware played a big role in why the Tigers won the 2016 National Championship. The All-American linebacker led the team with 131 tackles. He also recorded 11.5 tackles for loss, four sacks and broke up two passes. He also had a big interception in Clemson’s win over Auburn to open the 2016 season. He had 12 quarterback pressures.
In his first season as a starter, the Anderson, S.C. native was second on the team in 2015 when he had 138 tackles, including eight tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks. He had a team-high 23 quarterback pressures to go with seven deflected passes. He also recoded two interceptions.
Boulware had four interceptions in his career, including two against Oklahoma. One came in the 2016 Orange Bowl which allowed the Tigers to clinch their CFP Semifinal win over the Sooners. He also had a 47-yard touchdown return on an interception in the 2014 Russell Athletic Bowl win over Oklahoma.
Boulware was a three-time bowl MVP for Clemson, including in the 2017 National Championship Game against Alabama when he led the Tigers with 10 tackles and two tackles for loss in the 35-31 victory.