By Staff Report.
Clemson seniors Brandon Thompson and Chad Diehl are ranked as the top NFL draft prospects among seniors at their respective positions according to CBSSports.com. Thompson is ranked first among senior defensive tackles and Diehl is rated first by the website among fullbacks.
Thompson ranked fifth on the Clemson team last year in tackles with 56 and was a big reason the Tigers ranked in the top 20 in the nation in scoring defense and total defense. He also had 15 quarterback pressures in his 13 games for the 2010 Tigers.
Diehl started 10 of the 13 games as a fullback and had 34 knockdown blocks, by far the most among Clemson backs and receivers. He was a big key to Clemson’s success in short yardage situations. He has played in 43 games in his Clemson career and needs just 11 games to set the Clemson career record for games played.
Senior Andre Branch was ranked fifth among defensive ends according to the national website. Branch, who is ranked among the top 25 for the NFL draft according to ESPN’s Mel Kiper, had 55 tackles last year, including five sacks. He ranked second on the team in sacks behind All-American Da’Quan Bowers in 2010.
Junior tight end Dwayne Allen ranked first among junior tight ends by CBSSports.com. Allen was a second-team All-ACC selection last year when he had 33 receptions as a sophomore, the most ever by a Clemson sophomore tight end.