Ten 2012 Tigers on NFL Rosters
Clemson, SC—Six seniors off the 2012 Clemson football team have signed free agent contracts with NFL teams. The list includes three offensive players, two defensive players and a specials teams player. Combined with the four members of the 2012 team who were drafted, 10 members of the 2012 Clemson team will be in camps in the coming days as NFL teams start mini-camps.
DeAndre HopkinsDeAndre Hopkins
#6 6-2, 205
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Malliciah GoodmanMalliciah Goodman
#97 6-4, 270
View Full Profile (Atlanta Falcons), Jonathan MeeksJonathan Meeks
#5 6-1, 210
Rock Hill, SC
View Full Profile (Buffalo Bills) and Andre EllingtonAndre Ellington
#23 5-10, 195
Moncks Corner, SC
View Full Profile (Arizona Cardinals) were the other Tigers drafted. Meeks will join former teammates C.J. SpillerC.J. Spiller
Pro Running Back
#28 5-11, 195
Lake Butler, FL
View Full Profile, Chris HairstonChris Hairston
#61 6-7, 325
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# 6-0, 180
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The six undrafted free agents include All-America center Dalton FreemanDalton Freeman
#55 6-5, 265
View Full Profile with the New York Jets, first-team All-ACC tight end Brandon FordBrandon Ford
#80 6-4, 240
View Full Profile with the New England Patriots, Academic All-ACC receiver Jaron BrownJaron Brown
#18 6-2, 205
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Punter / Kicker
#13 6-1, 195
Myrtle Beach, SC
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Thirty-eight former Clemson players have made NFL rosters and played at least one NFL game after signing a free agent contract. That includes nine who have gone on to play at least five years in the NFL. Eighth have played at least 50 games.
That list is led by Jeff Bostic, a starting center on Clemson’s 1978 team that finished sixth in the nation. He played 14 years and 184 games in the NFL for the Washington Redskins and is the only former Tiger to play on three Super Bowl Championship games.
Other former free agents to play in at least 50 NFL games are Lamont Hall (94), David Treadwell (93), Steve Kenney (89), Vince Ciurciu (74), Ken Callicutt (66), Dan Benish (55) and Mike Barber (51).
Clemson 2013 Draftees
Name Team Rd Pick DeAndre Hopkins Houston Texans 1 27 Malliciah Goodman Atlanta Falcons 4 127 Jonathan Meeks Buffalo Bills 5 143 Andre Ellington Arizona Cardinals 6 187 Free Agents, 2013 Dalton Freeman New York Jets Xavier BrewerXavier Brewer Gr. Defensive Back #9 5-11, 190 Jacksonville, FL View Full Profile Dallas Cowboys Spencer Benton Dallas Cowboys Tig Willard Tennessee Titans Brandon Ford New England Patriots Jaron Brown Arizona Cardinals