Clemson-FSU ranked in Top 10 for NFL talent
|Wednesday, June 15, 2016 10:39 AM- -|
Each of the last seven years the winner of the Clemson vs. Florida State game has gone on to win the Atlantic Division. Each of the last five years the winner of this game has also won the ACC Championship. In 2015, Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson had 404 total yards as #1 Clemson defeated #16 Florida State 23-13 in Death Valley.
So basically there is a plethora of talent on the gridiron when both teams meet annually.
NFL.com released its Top 16 college football games in 2016 that have the most NFL-caliber talent combined between the two teams and the Tigers made the list twice.
Clemson at FSU on Oct. 29 was ranked as the ninth most NFL talent matchup for the 2016 season.
"No two schools in the ACC are attracting talent quite like the Seminoles and Tigers, so when the two Atlantic Division foes meet each year, it's the league's heavyweight event," NFL.com said. "FSU RB Dalvin Cook returns for what should be a third consecutive 1,000-yard season, and he has plenty of help around him. Many of Clemson's top returners play on the offense, including Heisman candidate QB Deshaun Watson and RB Wayne Gallman. Nine top-100 players play for these teams, and five of them are ranked in the top 20."
Louisville at Clemson on Oct. 1 was ranked as the fourteenth most NFL talent matchup for the upcoming season.
"The Cardinals' defense is looking loaded again. Maybe not quite like it was two years ago when seven defensive starters were drafted, but close enough. DE Devonte Fields and a stout secondary will face a loaded Clemson offense (QB Deshaun Watson, RB Wayne Gallman, and TE Jordan Leggette), which will also welcome back star WR Mike Williams from injury," NFL.com said.