Tigers Look Forward to NFL Draft

Tigers Look Forward to NFL Draft

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Tigers Look Forward to NFL Draft

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Clemson, SC—The National Football league will hold its 2011 draft of college players Thursday, April 28 through Saturday, April 30.  Many members of the 2010 Clemson team are candidates to be selected.  ESPN.com draft tracker lists 10 Tigers as possible draft candidates.

            The first round will get underway at 8:00 Pm on Thursday night, while the second and third rounds will be held Friday night starting at 6 PM.  Rounds four through seven will be held starting at noon on Saturday.

            The Clemson list of potential draftees is led by Da’Quan Bowers,  who led the nation in sacks with 15.5 and was second in tackles for loss with 26 in 2010.  He was the recipient of the Bronko Nagurski Award as the National Defensive Player of the Year by the Football Writers Association, and winner of  the Ted Hendricks Award as the top defensive end in college football.  He was  also a finalist for the Lombardi Award and the Chuck Bednarik Award.  Bowers has been predicted to be a top 20 selection by nearly all draft projections, including a top 10 selection by many.

            If Bowers is taken in the first round he will be the 24th first-round selection in Clemson history, the fourth in the last six years.  Tye Hill was the 15th selection of the draft in 2006 by the St. Louis Rams, Gaines Adams was the fourth pick of the 2007 draft by the Tampa Bay Bucs, and C.J. Spiller was the number-nine selection by the Buffalo Bills last year. 

            Jarvis Jenkins, Marcus Gilchrist and DeAndre McDaniel could all be selected within the first four rounds of the draft according to analysts.   Jenkins was a first team All-ACC defensive tackle last year when he had 53 tackles, including nine tackles for loss.  Gilchrist had 66 tackles to rank fourth on the team and he also led the team in punt returns and kickoff returns.  McDaniel finished his career tied for second in school history in interceptions with 15 and he led Clemson’s top 25 defense in tackles with 84.

            Offensive tackle Chris Hairston, running back Jamie Harper and cornerback Byron Maxwell also have a strong chance of being drafted according to analysts.  Hairston was a first-team All-ACC selection in 2010 and was a second team selection the previous year.  Harper led Clemson in yards from scrimmage and was second in receptions from his running back position in 2010, while Maxwell had 48 tackles and finished his career second in school history in special teams tackles.

            Miguel Chavis, Xavier Dye and Jamie Cumbie are also listed on ESPN.com website as draft possibilities from Clemson.

            Clemson had five players drafted last year and four played in an NFL game in 2010.  C.J. Spiller was the number-nine pick of the first round by Buffalo.  Jacoby Ford did not go until the 108th selection of the draft by the Oakland Raiders, but had the best year of any Clemson rookie a year ago when he scored seven touchdowns, including a franchise record three kickoff returns for scores. 

            Ricky Sapp was selected in the fifth round by Philadelphia, but did not play due to an injury.  Crezdon Butler also went in the fifth round and played in three games for Pittsburgh, while Kavell Connor went in the seventh round to Indianapolis and had an outstanding year with 42 tackles.  Ford and Conner were both named to various NFL All-Rookie teams.

            Clemson has had 16 players drafted over the last four years, including five apiece in the 2007 and 2010 drafts.  The Clemson record for draft picks in a year is 10, in the 1983 draft.  Twenty three of the last 26 Clemson players drafted have gone on to play in the NFL.

Clemson First-Round Draft Choices

     Year        Player                              Pos      Pick         Team

     1939        Banks McFadden             B                4         Brooklyn Dodgers

     1949        Bobby Gage                     RB              6         Pittsburgh Steelers

     1960        Lou Cordileone               L              12         New York Giants

                     Harvey White                  QB           NA         New England Patriots

     1976        Bennie Cunningham       TE            28         Pittsburgh Steelers

     1979        Jerry Butler                      WR             5         Buffalo Bills

                     Steve Fuller                      WR          23         Kansas City Chiefs

     1980        Jim Stuckey                      DT           20         San Francisco 49ers

     1982        Jeff Bryant                        DT              6         Seattle Seahawks

                     Perry Tuttle                     WR          19         Buffalo Bills

     1983        Terry Kinard                   FS            10         New York Giants

     1985        William Perry                  MG           22         Chicago Bears

     1987        Terrence Flagler             TB            25         San Francisco 49ers

     1989        Donnell Woolford           CB            11         Chicago Bears

     1992        Chester McGlockton        DT           16         Los Angeles Raiders

     1993        Wayne Simmons             OLB         15         Green Bay Packers

     1997        Trevor Pryce                   DE            28         Denver Broncos

     1998        Anthony Simmons           ILB           15         Seattle Seahawks

     1999        Antwan Edwards             CB            25         Green Bay Packers

     2001        Rod Gardner                    WR          15         Washington Redskins

     2006        Tye Hill                             CB            15         St. Louis Rams

     2007        Gaines Adams                  DE              4         Tampa Bay Bucs

     2010        C.J. Spiller                         RB              9         Buffalo Bills

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