Swinney on NFL potential for Lawrence, Wilkins, and Ferrell


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Lawrence is an impressive athlete at 340 pounds
Lawrence is an impressive athlete at 340 pounds

It's almost 2019 NFL Draft time.

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney was interviewed on CBS Sports Radio on Wednesday to talk about various subjects including giving a scouting report on some of his former players that will be transitioning to the NFL.

Swinney had glowing remarks about defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence.

Dexter Lawrence is a mountain of a man,” he said. “He’s massive. He’s an unbelievable kid. You can’t find people like him. To me, there’s nobody in the draft like Dexter Lawrence – nobody. Nobody in the country. He’s the most unique guy in the draft.”

Lawrence had 37 tackles including 7.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks this past season.

Swinney called Christian Wilkins a dynamic player that will be special in the community.

“Master’s degree in three-and-a-half years, never made below a 3.0, won the Campbell Trophy which is the academic Heisman, big personality, loves to practice, loves the weight room, going to be unbelievable in the community – this guy is going to be a game-changer,” Swinney said. “This guy is as dynamic a player as there is and such a leader.”

Wilkins registered 50 tackles including 15 tackles for loss, six sacks, and two fumble recoveries in 2018.

Swinney didn't forget about Clelin Ferrell who he thinks is a complete defensive end.

“Clelin Ferrell, I think, is the best end in the draft,” Swinney said. “I think he’s the most complete player in the draft at his position. This is just a special group. They’re going to all land somewhere, and they’re going to make a huge impact with their new teams.”

Ferrell had 54 tackles including 19.5 tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks, seven quarterback hurries, and three forced fumbles in 2018.

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