By Keith McGonigle.
It is never too early to start looking at the NFL Draft. TheClemsonInsider.com takes a look at what some are saying about the current Tigers.
The NFL draft has become a very popular topic in the media, and when Clemson has some top players, like it has in the past few years, it brings great attention to the school and football program. There is no doubt that, players like C.J. Spiller, Jacoby Ford, Gaines Adams, Philip Merling helped Clemson in recruiting. Here is a look at what people are saying about Clemson players:
DT Jarvis Jenkins
Scout Inc – Grade 68 – “Quick first step and generally gets some penetration or at least good initial positioning. Does a solid job with his hands in the run game. Is disciplined. Shows good awareness, finds the ball quickly and is typically able to disengage from blocks in time to pursue. Is disruptive and makes a lot of plays in the backfield.”
Nfldraftcountdown.com – 40th overall senior , 5th DT
Stock: Rising. Jenkins stock should be rising, especially after a great game against Georgia Tech. He has great size and seems to make a lot of tackles for loss. I am not sure why Scout Inc has him rated so poorly.
CB Marcus Gilchrist
Scout Inc – Grade 73 – “Splits time between free safety and covering slot receivers so he has good experience in both zone and man-to-man coverage… Has very good closing burst to recover in space”
Nfldraftcountdown.com– 43rd overall senior, 5th CB
Stock: Rising. NFL teams love versatile players, and Gilchrist is playing well on defense and special teams.
OT Chris Hariston
Scout Inc. Grade- 76 “Has long arms and strong upper body. Shows a powerful punch and will jar defender with initial pop. Can typically get set in time to ride speed rushers wide. Rarely loses once he has locked on.”
Nfldraftcountdown.com – 12th rated OT
Stock: Really Rising. The offensive line play has been superb this year and when you are not hearing a lot about a lineman, usually means they are doing a great job.
S DeAndre McDaniel
Mel Kiper Jr. – #1 Safety – “McDaniel has long been on the radar of NFL personnel folks. He’s one of those guys right on the edge of the Big Board, and the 2010 season is solidifying his stock. “
Scout Inc: Grade 85 – “Closes in a hurry and makes a lot of plays in pursuit. Tough guy who loves to mix it up. Explodes up the field when turned loose on the blitz and can be very disruptive. “
Nfldraftcountdown.com– #3 Safety, 70th overall senior
Stock: Neutral. Clemson fans have seen the playmaking ability of McDaniel, but he hasn’t put up the same interception numbers this year.
Under the radar prospects: CB Byron Maxwell
Mel Kiper Jr. – 7th overall- “A great athlete at his size, Bowers leads the nation in TFL and continues to fly up the Board. Prototype as a 4-3 DE, he’s put it all together”
ESPN Scout Inc: 3rd overall, Grade 97 -“Tall and extremely well-built for a college DE. Lacks elite top-end speed but still very fast for his size.”
NflDraftCountDown.com : 12th overall in mock draft – “After battling injuries as a sophomore Bowers is finally translating all of that immense talent into production this year and he has the tools to be a Top 15 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.”
Stock: Exploding. He is absolutely dominating, Clemson fans can only hope that like C.J. Spiller, Bowers wants to finish what he started and graduate.
Others that Clemson players that are unlikely to go pro (players can go pro three years out of high school, so redshirt sophomores can leave): TE Dwayne Allen, RB Andre Ellington, DT Brandon Thompson.
Kyle Parker could test the draft waters next year if he finishes strong this season.
The threat of an NFL lockout could have a major impact on which juniors will leave early for the draft. Keep an eye on that come January.