NFL draft analysts high on Clemson defenders out of combine
|Tuesday, March 5, 2019, 1:39 PM-|
A number of former Tigers are competing to raise their draft stock in the next month-plus until the NFL draft in late April (25-27).
"People ask 'why do I have him as the top of these Clemson guys,'" Jeremiah said. "To me interior pass rushers are so hard to find, and he is so quick and explosive getting upfield. He'll get caught upright in the run game and toss to turn, but he's a disruptor and a penetrator."
Wilkins finsihed among the top half of his position group in the 40-yard dash (5.04 seconds) and bench press (28 reps).
A post-combine NFL mock draft Tuesday by Jeremiah sent Wilkins to the Tennessee Titans, at No. 19 overall.
Teammate Dexter Lawrence led all defenders and ranked second overall with 36 reps on the bench press, while fellow former Tiger D-lineman Albert Huggins finished third overall (35). Lawrence's measurables landed him among the top-12 most important numbers out of the combine according to NFL.com.
"Dexter Lawrence injured his quad on his first 40-yard dash attempt, but the body measurables we got on him help justify scouting takes that he has the potential to be a rare interior player," Cynthia Frelund wrote. "Lawrence's 84-inch wingspan is 7.5 inches longer than his height (he's 6-4 1/2 or 76.5 inches tall). With 34 3/4-inch arms and 10 1/2-inch hands, Lawrence's dimensions put him into a category where more elite and above-average players have come from."
Lawrence projected as the No. 31 pick by USA TODAY to the Los Angeles Rams.
IDL winners from the #NFLCombine:— Rob Paul (@RobPaulNFL) March 3, 2019
Trysten Hill, UCF
Quinnen Williams, Alabama
Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame
Renell Wren, Arizona State
Ed Oliver, Houston
Khalen Saunders, Western Illinois
Christian Wilkins, Clemson
Dexter Lawrence, Clemson
Kingsley Keke, Texas A&M
Daniel Wise, Kansas
Dexter Lawrence's 5.05-second 40-yard dash was the second-fastest time by a prospect that weighed over 340 pounds since 2003. Only Dontari Poe ran it faster at that weight (4.89). Lawrence was moving. #NFLCombine— Evan Lazar (@ezlazar) March 3, 2019
Here's a look a the top defensive tackle performers from the 2019 class based on the Next Gen Stats Combine Score...— Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) March 3, 2019
Renell Wren (@ASUFootball)
Quinnen Williams (@AlabamaFTBL)
Trysten Hill (@UCF_Football)
Dexter Lawrence (@ClemsonFB)
Jerry Tillery (@NDFootball) pic.twitter.com/l9ATtyzofO
Clemson tackle Dexter Lawrence suffered a leg injury during his 40-yard dash, won’t participate in the rest of the workout, per @KimJonesSports— Bleacher Report NFL (@BR_NFL) March 3, 2019
Lawrence ran a 5.05 at 342 pounds