Two Tigers listed on Mel Kiper's 2019 NFL Big Board
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The 2019 NFL Draft could be littered with talented and experience-laden Clemson players with a successful upcoming season. Clemson had nine players taken in the 2016 draft, and a school-record ten were picked in the 1983 draft, which went 12 rounds.
ESPN's eccentric 'draft guru' Mel Kiper Jr. released his way-too-early 2019 NFL Draft Board recently and had two defensive linemen from Clemson on the top 25 list.
Defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence was rated No. 8 overall and the No. 3 DT behind Houston's Ed Oliver (No. 1) and Rashan Gary (No. 3).
"At 6-foot-4 and 340 pounds, Lawrence isn't just a clogger on the interior -- he also has beaten blockers and chased down runners and quarterbacks," Kiper said. "Big-bodied dudes who move like Lawrence and can eat gaps don't last long in the draft."
Defensive end Clelin Ferrell was chosen No. 11 overall and the No. 2 DE behind only Ohio State's Nick Bosa.
"Clemson lucked out in getting Ferrell back after a 9.5-sack, 18.0-tackle for loss season," Kiper said. "He could surpass those totals in 2018 on a line that could be close to unblockable. By the way: Clelin rhymes with Lee-Lynn. I'm here to help!"
The only other ACC prospect on the list was Boston College defensive end Zach Allen at No. 21 overall. FYI: If only three ACC players get drafted in the Top 25 next year, I will be shocked.
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