Cordrea Tankersley selected #97 overall in 2017 NFL Draft

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Former Clemson cornerback Cordrea Tankersley was selected in the third round (#97 Overall) of the 2017 NFL draft by the Miami Dolphins.

"He's a guy that is still learning the corner position," Dolphins GM Chris Grier said. "He has got a lot of traits we like. He's long. He's got length. He's got speed. He has ball skills. He has a lot of stuff we like. He has tremendous upside still. We really like the kid. He will be a contributor on special teams as well."

Tankersley elevated his level of play from special teams contributor as a freshman to All-American cornerback as a senior. He amassed 149 tackles, nine interceptions, and 22 pass breakups in 1,906 snaps over 55 games (30 starts) in his career and appeared in the second-most games in Clemson history behind only Chad Diehl (57).

In 2016, Tankersley was a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award and Bednarik Award. He was named first-team All-American by Pro Football Focus and USA Today and third-team All-American by the Associated Press. He recorded 65 tackles, four interceptions, six tackles for loss and 11 pass breakups in 861 snaps over 15 games (15 starts).

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