Two Tigers named to Mel Kiper's 2017 Big Board


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ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. has released his preseason 2017 Big Board and two Clemson offensive players were selected out of the top twenty-five players.

Clemson junior quarterback Deshaun Watson was picked #7 overall and the first signal-caller on the list.

"At 6-2, 210 pounds, he might not have ideal size, but he's not small. He combines arm strength and touch and has tremendous ability with the ball in his hands, which doesn't just mean running; he also throws well on the move," Kiper said. "He needs to get stronger, but as the nation saw in the national title game, Nick Saban's defense couldn't stop him."

Clemson star wide receiver Mike Williams was listed at #17 overall and the second wide receiver behind only USC's JuJu Smith-Schuster.

A scary neck injury in the first game ended his 2015 season, but he'll be Watson's go-to target in the Tigers' offense in 2016. Williams has great burst and speed for his size (6-2, 225 pounds) and put up more than 1,000 receiving yards as a sophomore in 2014. If he shows he's healthy this season, he could be the first wideout off the board in April.

The full list of players were OLB Tim Williams, DE Myles Garrett, RB Leonard Fournette, RB Dalvin Cook, S Jamal Adams, DT Malik McDowell, QB Deshaun Watson, DE Jonathan Allen, WR JuJu Smith-Schuster, ILB Reuben Foster, S Jabrill Peppers, OT Cam Robinson, DE Charles Harris, QB Brad Kaaya, OG Quenton Nelson, CB Teez Tabor, WR Mike Williams, TE O.J. Howard, RB Christian McCaffrey, OT Roderick Johnson, DE Carl Lawson, OT Mike McGlinchey, OLB Devonte Fields, CB Marlon Humphrey, and DE Dawuane Smoot.

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