Ten Tigers projected in final seven-round mock draft
|Thursday, April 25, 2019, 11:33 AM-|
The NFL draft gets underway Thursday night at 8 p.m. with the first round in Nashville, where as many as three Tigers are projected selections.
That will only be the beginning of a busy week for former Tigers, as Bleacher Report predicts ten Clemson products will hear their name called over the three-day event.
The mock draft calls for a top-10 selection for All-American defensive tackle Christian Wilkins, at No. 9 to the Buffalo Bills.
"The Buffalo Bills find themselves in a spot with the top targets off the board, which might mean a trade back on draft night," B/R's Matt Miller writes. "Here, though, the Bills sit and select an impactful, high-floor, high-character defensive tackle who is an immediate starter in their defense.
"Christian Wilkins isn't an elite tester and didn't have flashy stats, but he was a three-year anchor for the Tigers defense and the leader of the room. With his motor, he's a Sean McDermott-type player, and his off-field value only adds to the package the Bills get at No. 9 overall."
The lone projected day two selection is cornerback Trayvon Mullen, going locally to the Carolina Panthers (a would-be first ever Clemson draft pick for the franchise).
Day three picks would be defensive end Austin Bryant (fourth round; No. 128 to Dallas Cowboys), linebacker Tre Lamar (fifth round; No. 163 to Philadelphia Eagles), wide receiver Hunter Renfrow (fifth round; No. 165 to Dallas Cowboys), defensive tackle Albert Huggins (sixth round; No. 179 to Arizona Cardinals), cornerback Mark Fields (sixth round; No. 199 to Indianapols Colts) and offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt (seventh round; No. 249 to Arizona Cardinals).
Ten Clemson draft picks would tie a Clemson record. The event will air starting at 8 p.m. on ESPN, ABC and NFL Network on Thursday, 7 p.m. on Friday and noon on Saturday.