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2013 NFL Draft: Clemson Tigers Preview

by TigerNet Staff - Wednesday, June 13, 2012 11:01 AM
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Pos: RB   Height: 5-10   Weight: 195   Hometown: Moncks Corner, SC (Berkeley HS)  
Years Played: 2008 - 2012
From CBS Sports News:

Top-five prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft
*Indicates underclassman

1. RB Andre EllingtonAndre Ellington
RS Jr. Running Back
#23 5-10, 190
Moncks Corner, SC

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(5-10, 190)
One of four running backs to eclipse 1,000 yards in the ACC last season, Ellington currently ranks as the Tigers' top draft-eligible NFL prospect. He saw limited playing time as a redshirt freshman in 2009 behind CJ Spiller and was on-pace to be Clemson's leading rusher as a sophomore, but a toe injury sidelined him, making room for Jaime Harper to lead the team in rushing. Ellington was able to stay mostly healthy last year, recording five 100-yard rushing performances, including a career-best 212 yards on the ground at Maryland. He stays light on his feet with explosive lateral burst to avoid blockers in tight areas, showing much improved vision and patience to follow his blockers. However, he struggles to break tackles with his 190-pound frame and needs to continue to add bulk to hold up at the next level. If he can stay healthy as a senior, and that's a major if, Ellington will be one of the top senior backs in the 2013 draft class.

2. WR DeAndre Hopkins (6-1, 210)*

3. DE Mallicaiah Goodman (6-4, 280)

4. C Dalton Freeman (6-5, 285)

5. QB Tajh Boyd (6-1, 225)*

Just missed: CB, Bashaud Breeland, S Rashard Hall, S Xavier Brewer, S Jonathan Meeks, LB Jonathan Willard, TE Brandon Ford, LB Corico Hawkins


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