CLEMSON in the NFL

Jeremiah Trotter Jr. hopes to hear his name called at least by early on Day 2 of next week's NFL draft.
Jeremiah Trotter Jr. hopes to hear his name called at least by early on Day 2 of next week's NFL draft.

Three Clemson draft hopefuls make updated ESPN Top 70 prospects


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ESPN's latest NFL draft prospect rankings have three Clemson Tigers appearing in the first 68 listed out of a Top 100.

ESPN's Jeff Legwold released the rankings with the NFL draft next Thursday through Saturday in Detroit (April 25-27). For Clemson, it's led by a favorite to go in Round 1 with All-ACC cornerback Nate Wiggins at No. 25.

"Wiggins is one of the fastest players in the draft and smooth in coverage. He plays with the confidence of a player who knows he has a top gear to make up space when needed. He moves easily with receivers and is hard for them to shake. Wiggins returned two of his three career interceptions for touchdowns and forced two fumbles this past season with chase-down plays. However, some defensive coordinators will say he needs to be a far more willing participant in run support," Legwold said.

With ratings elsewhere in the triple-digits, Legwold is high on former Tigers linebacker Jeremiah Trotter Jr. at No. 65.

"He's a bit undersized and some question his top-end speed, but he simply plays with intelligence, gets people in the right spot pre-snap, gets off blocks and finishes plays with exclamation points," Legwold said.

Defensive line prospect Ruke Ohorhoro completes the trio at No. 68.

"Orhorhoro is a powerfully built interior player whose best football is ahead of him. He explodes out of his stance and is quick to put blockers at a disadvantage. His 12 career sacks -- nine of those over the last two seasons -- aren't going to get the double take, but the potential is there in the right hands," Legwold said.

ESPN's latest two-round mock draft pegged Wiggins for a No. 27 selection to Arizona on Day 1 and then a Day 2 pick for Orhorhoro to Atlanta.

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