Denver Drafts a Pair of Tigers


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Eason returns a fumble against Duke in 2001.
Eason returns a fumble against Duke in 2001.

CLEMSON – Defensive tackle Nick Eason and defensive end Bryant McNeil came to Clemson in 1998 in Tommy West’s last recruiting class. After Sunday’s NFL draft they will continue their football career together.


Denver selected Eason with the 17th pick of the fourth round (No .114 overall). Then with the 31st pick of the fourth round (No. 128 overall) the Broncos took teammate and roommate pound McNeil.


The Broncos had 31st pick of the fourth round by trading their final third round pick to New England for a fourth round pick eight slots later (No. 128 overall) and a fifth-round selection (No. 157 overall).


Other Tiger seniors not yet drafted but worked out for scouts at Clemson’s NFL day:

Derrick Brantley OT

Gary Byrd OT

Brian Mance CB

JJ McKelvey WR

Bernard Rambert RB

Rodney Thomas LB

Nathan Gillespie OG

Altroy Bodrick FS

Rodney Feaster LB

Wynn Kopp P



Gary Johnson RB (former Tiger)

Kenya Crooks WR (former Tiger)

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