ESPN's Kiper projects four Tigers in NFL draft first two rounds
|Tuesday, April 13, 2021, 12:12 PM-|
It could be a busy first couple days for Clemson Tigers in the NFL draft coming up.
ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. released his latest two-round mock draft on Tuesday ($) and he has four Tigers being selected there.
All-American and ACC player of the year Trevor Lawrence is still Kiper's projected pick in the top spot, which would be a first in Clemson football history.
Kiper expects Travis Etienne to hear his name early in the second round, at pick No. 34 to the New York Jets.
"Etienne is a home run hitter and all-around back, and like Toney at No. 33, he'd help the rookie signal-caller," Kiper said. "Etienne had 588 receiving yards last season. This finishes out the Jets' projected two-round class with a quarterback, cornerback and running back. Edge rusher is another possibility."
"The Patriots' pass-catchers were disappointing around Cam Newton last season, so let's give projected new quarterback Justin Fields a weapon," said Kiper. "Rodgers is one of the top slot receivers in this class. He's built like a running back and is stellar on jet sweeps and bubble screens. He can make defenders miss after the catch."
ESPN colleague Todd McShay projects $) Lawrence (1) and Etienne (23) going in the first round, with Etienne also going to the Jets there too.
The first round is coming up in a little over two weeks (April 29), with rounds 2-3 on April 30 and rounds 4-7 on May 1.