Gardner Drafted in the First, Adams and Carswell in the Seventh


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<font size=2 face=arial>Rod Gardner was the third wide receiver taken in the 2001 NFL Draft.</font>
Rod Gardner was the third wide receiver taken in the 2001 NFL Draft.

CLEMSON -- Clemson wide receiver Rod Gardner was picked No. 15
in the first round by Washington on Saturday. Gardner was the third wide receiver taken in the 2001 NFL Draft behind Michigan's David Terrell (8th overall) and North Carolina State's Koren Robinson (9th overall). Also drafted by the Redskins
on Saturday was cornerback Fred Smoot from Mississippi St who Gardner
faced in the 1999 Peach Bowl.


Rod Gardner Stats
SEASON REC  YDS  AVG TD 
1998    20  263 13.1  1 
1999    80 1084 13.6  4 
2000    58 1050 18.1  7 


Redskins.com Draft Day Q&A with Gardner


REAL AUDIO: Redskin Head Coach
Marty Schottenheimer's press conference for Gardner


Clemson All-Americans Keith Adams and Robert Carswell
were both selected in the seventh and final round of the NFL draft in
New York on Sunday. They joined Rod Gardner, a first-round
selection of the Washington Redskins, as Clemson players who were
chosen in the 2001 draft. All three were roomates at Clemson during
the 2000 season.


Adams was the seventh round pick of the Tennessee Titans, the
232nd selection of the draft. Carswell was the 244th pick of the
draft, just two selections from the final pick. Carswell went to the
San Diego Chargers.


Adams, who left Clemson after his junior year to enter the
draft, was the first Tiger drafted by the Titans franchise since
Tracy Johnson was chosen by the then Houston Oilers in 1989.
Carswell will join former Tiger teammate Adrian Dingle with the
Chargers.


Adams and Carswell are both natives of Georgia and both were
first-team All-ACC in 2000. Adams was a first-team Associated Press
All-American this past year when he recorded 146 tackles and 19
tackles for loss. He had an ACC record 35 tackles for loss and 186
tackles as a sophomore in 1999.


Carswell was a third-team AP All-American and left Clemson
with the school mark for tackles in a career by a defensive back
with 372. He had eight career interceptions, three of which were
passes thrown by Michael Vick, the number-one selection in the NFL
draft from Virginia Tech.


Other Clemson football players not drafted include:


Alex Ardley CB

Terry Bryant DE

Darrel Crutchfield CB

Jason Holloman DT

Terry Jolly DT

Terry Witherspoon FB

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