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Two Tigers listed on McShay's Top 5 overall prospects for 2019

Two Tigers listed on McShay's Top 5 overall prospects for 2019


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ESPN's draft analyst Todd McShay released his 2019 Top 32 prospects and had three Clemson defensive linemen in the top 19 overall choices.

Defensive end Clelin Ferrell was chosen No. 4 overall (previously 11) and projected to the New York Jets.

"If I'm the Jets, I'm thinking about trading back here to address a multitude of needs, considering they don't have a second-rounder," McShay said. "But taking Ferrell -- who had 10.5 sacks in the regular season off the edge -- would go a long way toward checking off one of those boxes."

Defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence was rated No. 5 overall (previously 7) and projected to the Atlanta Falcons.

"The Falcons plummeted this season all the way from the playoffs to a potential top pick, and I love the idea of using it on Lawrence, a big run-stopper who can fit in next to Grady Jarrett (if he returns to the Falcons)," McShay said. "Atlanta has one of the worst rushing defenses in the NFL."

Defensive tackle Christian Wilkins was ranked No. 19 overall projected to the Indianapolis Colts.

"Wilkins' versatility and instinctive play would come in handy for an Indianapolis defensive front looking for some help," McShay said. "He might not have the upside of fellow Clemson linemates Clelin Ferrell and Dexter Lawrence, but he has a great motor and would fit nicely with the Colts."

"Wilkins' versatility and instinctive play would come in handy for an Indianapolis defensive front looking for some help," McShay said. "He might not have the upside of fellow Clemson linemates Clelin Ferrell and Dexter Lawrence, but he has a great motor and would fit nicely with the Colts."

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