Three Clemson prospects make ESPN early 2023 NFL draft projection
|Friday, May 6, 2022, 11:48 AM-|
ESPN's Todd McShay has three Clemson prospects in his early 2023 NFL draft first-round projections ($).
Leading the way is Bryan Bresee at No. 14 overall, returning from a knee injury that ended his 2021 season early.
Pro Football Focus has the same trio led by Bresee (14) then Simpson (16) and Murphy (22).
"The No. 1 overall recruit in the 2020 class, Bresee just has to stay healthy," PFF said. "He earned an 81.2 pass-rushing grade as a true freshman in 2020. He played only 152 snaps in 2021 before tearing his ACL."
"Simpson is a former 2020 five-star recruit who showed out in his first year as a starter in 2021. He has sideline-to-sideline ability at 6-foot-3, 225 pounds. As it stands now, his best reps come as a blitzer, where he had 31 pressures last season.
"Murphy is one powerful dude for a true sophomore. At 6-foot-5, 275 pounds, he earned an 84.1 run-defense grade last year and racked up 42 pressures. You’d be hard-pressed to see someone with Murphy’s physical tools drop too far in the draft."
USA TODAY's DraftWire bumps Bresee up to a top-5 selection (5) and Murphy in the top-10 (10) and Simpson making the top-25 (25).
Sporting News also has Bresee (7) and Murphy (8) going in the top-10, with Simpson in the top-15 (15).
The Athletic's projection has Bresee in the top-10 (9) and Murphy at the end of the round (30). ($)