Three Tigers projected in Top 16 picks of 2017 Mock Draft

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Pro Football Focus released their latest 2017 NFL Mock Draft and three Clemson players are projected in the first 16 picks of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson was projected #6 overall to the New York Jets.

"The Jets are certainly in the market for a quarterback, and they go with Watson, who is one of the more difficult evaluations at the position," PFF said. "For two straight years, he went from good to great down the stretch, finishing the 2016 season with the No. 3 grade among quarterbacks, at 90.6. Inconsistent accuracy and questionable pocket instincts are valid concerns, though Watson has also showed the ability to make the necessary throws—from zipping one up the seam to throwing touch passes down the field. His ability to move the chains on the ground is only an added bonus, but for Watson, it’s all about proving that he can work through his progressions while improving his work in the pocket."

Clemson wide receiver Mike Williams was projected #14 overall to the Philadelphia Eagles (from Minnesota Vikings).

"Eagles’ fans have tunnel vision for either a cornerback or wide receiver, and Williams’ availability provides a good match of both need and value," PFF said. "He has the big frame to move the chains as a possession receiver while also displaying the body control to become a downfield option. Williams ranked third among Power-5 receivers with an 85.0 overall grade last season and he adds a much-needed playmaker on the outside for QB Carson Wentz."

Clemson cornerback Cordrea Tankersley was projected #16 overall to the Baltimore Ravens.

"Baltimore may give a long look to the remaining pass-rushers on the board, but Tankersley adds a long, press corner to the mix as the Ravens look to upgrade in the secondary," PFF said. "His 6-foot-1 frame allows him to play physically at the line of scrimmage, though that physicality can also get him into trouble down the field, and he has to make that adjustment at the next level. Opposing quarterbacks recorded a passer rating of 40.0 when throwing into Tankersley’s coverage the last two years, and he also demonstrated the movement skills to play multiple coverages despite his long frame."

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