Two Tigers listed in latest NFL Mock Draft


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Alexander brought swagger and work ethic to the Clemson defense

NFL.com released its 2016 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 and two Clemson defenders were listed in the first round.

Defensive back Mackensie Alexander was projected to go to the Pittsburgh Steelers at the #25 selection in the first round.

"The Steelers need to add some youth to the back end and Alexander is very polished and physical," NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah said.

The Tigers with Alexander were the number two defense in the country in passes completed holding opponents to 47.6 completion percentage. In 638 snaps this season, QBs completed only 11 passes vs. Alexander and he also had 23 tackles and two tackles for loss.

Defensive end Kevin Dodd with his impressive three-sack performance in the National Championship game was predicted to go in the first round to the Green Bay Packers at the #27 selection.

"The Packers need to get younger and more athletic off the edge," Jeremiah said. "Dodd is just scratching the surface of his potential."

Dodd had a breakout 2015 season with 62 tackles, 12 sacks and 23.5 tackles for loss (second in the nation).

Defensive end Shaq Lawson was not included in NFL.com's first round projections.

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