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NFL draft: Hunter Renfrow selected in fifth round

NFL draft: Hunter Renfrow selected in fifth round


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Hunter Renfrow’s walk-on to Clemson-legend story will continue with the Oakland Raiders.

Renfrow was selected with the 11th pick in the fifth round by the Raiders, joining Tiger teammates in Clelin Ferrell and Trayvon Mullen. He is the first member of the Clemson offense to come off the board this draft and a sixth Tigers selection overall.

Oakland traded up nine spots to make the selection, No. 149 overall. Spotrac estimates a $2.8 million contract with over $300K guaranteed (314,744).

"He's got the smallest hands of the (NFL) combine and also had the best hands of anyone in this draft," NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah said. "He just continues to make these acrobatic catches. Doesn't matter where he is. Even after the catch he shows you he has some shiftiness to him to get away from you."

"Nothing about this guy makes sense. He looks like he's eight years old with pads on and takes his helmet off and looks like he's 45," ESPN's Todd McShay said. "He works from the slot and if you need a third down conversion and need a touchdown with six seconds left in the national championship - guess who you're going to. Every single time you're going to this guy. This guy just makes plays. A lot of it is about route-running and also the ability to adjust to the football and catch the ball away from his frame.

"...while none of it makes sense, somehow and some way it would not shock me to see him play in the league for seven-eight-nine years."

The Myrtle Beach native set College Football Playoff marks with 37 receptions and four touchdowns over four games, including the game-winning TD to capture Clemson’s second-ever national title in January of 2017.

Honored for his walk-on road with the Burlsworth Trophy, he finished his Tigers career fifth in career receptions (186) and 11th in receiving yards (2,133).

He is an eighth Clemson receiver drafted since 2013, which is a category the Tigers led the NCAA in going into the 2019 draft.

CBS Sports rated Renfrow the No. 25 receiver prospect going into the draft.

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