Clemson looks to continue tradition of high-round D-linemen


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Pos: DT   Height: 6-2   Weight: 310   Hometown: Thomasville, GA (Thomasville HS)  
Years Played: 2008 - 2011

CBS Sports' Len Pasquarelli said the versatility of both Andre BranchAndre Branch
Defensive End
#40 6-5, 260
Richmond, VA

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and Brandon ThompsonBrandon Thompson
Sr. Defensive Tackle
#98 6-2, 310
Thomasville, GA

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could help them become first round NFL draft picks. Clemson has had at least one defensive lineman selected in each of the last five drafts.

End Andre Branch and tackle Brandon Thompson both are highly regarded prospects, each of whom scored some points at the combine, and they can be perceived as players on the rise.

Part of what makes both attractive is their shared versatility, a quality NFL scouts clearly have not overlooked.

"The way the game is played now, with people jumping in and out of [multiple] fronts, it's a big plus for them," said one NFC area scout whose territory includes the ACC.

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