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Clemson Athletic Communications - Wednesday, May 8, 2013 3:33 PM
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Pos: WR   Height: 6-2   Weight: 205   Hometown: Cheraw, SC (Cheraw HS)  
Years Played: 2008 - 2012
Clemson, SC—Six seniors off the 2012 Clemson football team have signed free agent contracts with NFL teams. The list includes three offensive players, two defensive players and a specials teams player. Combined with the four members of the 2012 team who were drafted, 10 members of the 2012 Clemson team will be in camps in the coming days as NFL teams start mini-camps.

DeAndre HopkinsDeAndre Hopkins
Wide Receiver
#6 6-2, 205
Central, SC

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was a first-round draft choice of the Houston Texans, the 27th selection overall. He was the second wide receiver selected and one of just four “skill position” players taken in the first round.
Malliciah GoodmanMalliciah Goodman
Defensive End
#97 6-4, 270
Florence, SC

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(Atlanta Falcons), Jonathan MeeksJonathan Meeks
Safety
#5 6-1, 210
Rock Hill, SC

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(Buffalo Bills) and Andre EllingtonAndre Ellington
Running Back
#23 5-10, 195
Moncks Corner, SC

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(Arizona Cardinals) were the other Tigers drafted. Meeks will join former teammates C.J. SpillerC.J. Spiller
Pro Running Back
#28 5-11, 195
Lake Butler, FL

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, Chris HairstonChris Hairston
Offensive Line
#61 6-7, 325
Winston-Salem, NC

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and Crezdon ButlerCrezdon Butler
Defensive Back
# 6-0, 180
Asheville, NC

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on the Bills roster.

The six undrafted free agents include All-America center Dalton FreemanDalton Freeman
Center
#55 6-5, 265
Pelion, SC

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with the New York Jets, first-team All-ACC tight end Brandon FordBrandon Ford
Tight End
#80 6-4, 240
Wando, SC

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with the New England Patriots, Academic All-ACC receiver Jaron BrownJaron Brown
Wide Receiver
#18 6-2, 205
Cheraw, SC

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with the Arizona Cardinals, top tackler Tig Willard with the Tennessee Titans, and kicker Spencer BentonSpencer Benton
Punter / Kicker
#13 6-1, 195
Myrtle Beach, SC

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, who kicked a national best 61 yard field goal in 2012.

Thirty-eight former Clemson players have made NFL rosters and played at least one NFL game after signing a free agent contract. That includes nine who have gone on to play at least five years in the NFL. Eighth have played at least 50 games.

That list is led by Jeff Bostic, a starting center on Clemson’s 1978 team that finished sixth in the nation. He played 14 years and 184 games in the NFL for the Washington Redskins and is the only former Tiger to play on three Super Bowl Championship games.

Other former free agents to play in at least 50 NFL games are Lamont Hall (94), David Treadwell (93), Steve Kenney (89), Vince Ciurciu (74), Ken Callicutt (66), Dan Benish (55) and Mike Barber (51).

Clemson 2013 Draftees
Name			Team			Rd	Pick
DeAndre Hopkins		Houston Texans		1	27
Malliciah Goodman	Atlanta Falcons		4	127
Jonathan Meeks		Buffalo Bills		5	143
Andre Ellington		Arizona Cardinals	6	187

Free Agents, 2013
Dalton Freeman		New York Jets
Xavier BrewerXavier Brewer
Gr. Defensive Back
#9 5-11, 190
Jacksonville, FL
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Spencer Benton		Dallas Cowboys
Tig Willard		Tennessee Titans
Brandon Ford		New England Patriots
Jaron Brown		Arizona Cardinals


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