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Watkins picked by Texans in the fourth round of 2017 NFL Draft

Clemson defensive tackle Carlos Watkins was selected No. 142 by Houston in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft on Saturday.

Watkins was the fifth former Tiger taken in the 2017 draft, joining wide receiver Mike Williams and quarterback Deshaun Watson. Williams was taken No. 7 overall by the L.A. Chargers on Thursday, while Watson was selected at No. 12 by the Houston Texans.

Cornerback Cordrea Tankersley was picked 97th overall in the third round of the draft on Friday by the Miami Dolphins. Running back Wayne Gallman was picked No. 140 by the New York Giants in the fourth round as well on Saturday.

The Clemson defensive tackle joins his former D-Line teammate, D.J. Reader, on the line as well as Watson and former Tigers’ receiver Deandre Hopkins.

Watkins was part of a Clemson defense that led the ACC and was eighth nationally in total defense and scoring defense. Last year, Watkins set a record for sacks by a Clemson defensive tackle with a team-high 10.5 as well as tying for a team-high 13.5 tackles for loss.

Watkins played a big role in why the Tigers led the nation for a fourth straight year in tackles for loss and third nationally in sacks. He finished the year with 82 tackles, four passes broken up and 13 quarterback pressures.

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