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Clemson redshirt junior WR Charone Peake underwent minor knee surgery Friday and is expected to be ready for the opener.

"Charone was having a great summer, but tweaked a knee on Wednesday making a reception," Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said. "The surgery was successful and his ACL is fine. He will probably miss the first week of practice and then we will go from there. We expect him to play against Georgia in the season opener." Peake, who was competing for a starting WR gig, was lost for the season in Week 2 last year with a torn ACL. The NCAA granted him a medical hardship waiver over the winter.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 25 - 11:26 PM

Clemson senior edge rusher Vic Beasley spent the offseason preparing for the NFL and plans to drop into coverage more often in 2014.

The 6-foot-2, 235-pounder said Sunday at the ACC Kickoff media event he would like to play at 240 this fall. "Any size I put on will be beneficial," he said. When asked what he had worked on the most this offseason, Beasley said "dropping back into coverage." He'll transition to 3-4 outside linebacker at the next level. NFL.com's Bucky Brooks wrote that Beasley could "thrive in a Von Miller-like role" in the NFL, adding that Beasley is a more natural pass rusher than former top 10 picks Dion Jordan and Barkevious Mingo. The Clemson prospect returned for his senior year after receiving a 2nd-round grade from the NFL Advisory Committee. Beasley had 23 tackles for a loss in addition to 13 sacks in 2013.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 20 - 11:30 PM

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks believes Clemson senior edge rusher Vic Bealsey is a more natural pass rusher than former top 10 picks Dion Jordan and Barkevious Mingo.

Brooks adds Beasley shows better instincts than the other two previously mentioned. "Every NFL evaluator would love to find a finished product, but the best decision makers are capable of identifying the developmental potential of dynamic athletes and forecasting their impact as disruptive players," Brooks writes. "Beasley is an intriguing developmental prospect with immense talent and potential."
Source: NFL.com
Jul 8 - 1:00 PM

Clemson senior SS Robert Smith "displays good instincts both in coverage and as a run defender," writes CBS Sports' Derek Stephens.

The 5-foot-11, 210-pound Smith is not an elite athlete, running just a 4.64 forty. If he is to latch on in the NFL, he'll do so through his technique, smarts and competitiveness. "[Smith] plays with impressive toughness for his size, with sound tackling fundamentals," wrote Stephens. "He'll need to make more plays on the ball as a senior though if he's to draw draft interest."
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 4 - 2:24 PM

Clemson senior OLB Tony Steward will be given his first chance this season to show NFL scouts how he can handle every-down duties.

The athletic linebacker shredded his ACL in 2011, which stalled his career a bit. He's always been a special teams stud, but hasn't been given the opportunity to star on defense until now. " Fluid in space and a fearless tackler, Steward is gifted enough to transition his game to the next level if he's able to stay on the field," wrote CBS Sports' Derek Stephens.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 4 - 12:54 PM

CBS Sports' Derek Stephens believes Clemson senior OG Kalon Davis is a liability in pass protection.

Stephens accurately described the 6-foot-5, 340-pound Davis as "massive," "powerful" and "heavy-footed." Davis is expected to play every down as a senior. "Davis can really dominate when he latches on, and is at his best when asked to open holes in the middle of the line for the run game," Stephens wrote. "Is a liability in pass protection though, lacking foot quickness to slide and mirror, but has put some time into getting better in this area and could land on scouts' radar if he can show improvement here."
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 4 - 12:40 PM

Clemson senior QB Cole Stoudt doesn't have great arm strength, but "NFL teams will take accuracy and decision making over raw arm strength any day of the week," wrote CBS Sports' Derek Stephens.

It's Stoudt's time to shine after spending the past three seasons as Tajh Boyd's backup. "Stoudt possesses impressive athleticism for his size with room to add more poundage, and has displayed incredible accuracy with the opportunities he's been given, completing 86 of 119 passes (72.3 completion percentage) with 8 TDs against only one interception," Stephens wrote of the 6-foot-4, 210-pounder. Stoudt is also a threat to escape the pocket and tuck the ball. "What is most impressive about Stoudt though, considering his limited opportunities, is the poise and patience he has displayed, as he's rarely seen panicking, bailing early or forcing throws, opting instead to move through his progressions and take what is available," Stephens wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 4 - 2:07 AM

Clemson senior DE Corey Crawford must be more consistent to become an early-round candidate, wrote CBS Sports' Derek Stephens.

Crawford posted 52 tackles -- 10.5 for loss -- and three sacks across from Vic Beasley last year. "At 6'5 and boasting an enormous wingspan, Crawford's length allows him to make up for a somewhat pedestrian first step, as he's able to keep blockers out of his frame and disengage seemingly at will at times," wrote Stephens. "He anticipates the run very well, has good backfield vision and extends to wrap up his target routinely. Despite appearing a bit lean, Crawford generates good drive power off the snap and possesses bend-ability that enables him to establish leverage off the line and set the edge deep, often times forcing a redirect or adjustment from the runner." Crawford isn't a "natural quick-twitch athlete," won't win with speed, and plays a little upright, so he has plenty of room for improvement. He's suspended for the opener against Georgia.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 4 - 1:50 AM

Clemson senior DT Grady Jarrett could be "a day one consideration for NFL teams," according to CBS Sports' Derek Stephens.

"Look for Jarrett to be a day one consideration for NFL teams, if he can pick up where he left off last year and continue to improve as a rusher in his senior season," Stephens wrote. Last season for the Tigers, Jarrett had 83 tackles, 11 tackles for loss and two sacks as a junior. His strong performance in 2013 earned him All-ACC Honorable Mention honors. The 6-foot-1, 295 pound Jarrett has the perfect run-stuffer build, high-motor and athleticism to be a rush-threat on the inside.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 3 - 8:46 AM

Clemson junior ILB Stephone Anthony's "instincts, toughness, size and physicality" are "exactly what NFL teams look for in a linebacker," according to CBS Sports' Derek Stephens.

"There's no denying that the instincts, toughness, size and physicality of Stephone Anthony are exactly what NFL teams look for in a linebacker," Stephens wrote. The 6-foot-2, 235 pound Anthony lead the Tigers with 131 tackles, seven double-digit tackle games, with 13.5 tackles for loss, four sacks, a forced a fumble and a INT. Stephens notes that Anthony will have to "show better anticipation and range as a senior" to warrant a high round selection.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 2 - 11:40 PM

CBS Sports' Derek Stephens believes "with some added bulk and a better showing against the run" in 2014, Clemson senior edge rusher Vic Beasley could be "considered a top-15 prospect"

"Beasley may be a one-trick pony, but he's positioned to be considered the best in the '15 draft class at that one trick, and with some added bulk and a better showing against the run this season, look for him to be considered a top-15 prospect," Stephens wrote. The Clemson prospect returned for his senior year after receiving a 2nd-round grade from the NFL Advisory Committee. Beasley had 23 tackles for a loss in addition to 13 sacks in 2013. The 6-foot-3, 225 pound Beasley needs to add size and continue to improve as a dominant edge rusher, to have his name called in the top-half of the first-round in 2015.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 2 - 11:20 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks Clemson senior edge rusher Vic Beasley as his No. 1 senior outside linebacker.

"An explosive pass-rusher who clears with speed, Beasley is also pretty good with his hands, even with his lack of experience after converting from running back. He could have factored into Round 1 in 2014, given the dearth of pass-rushers, but he comes back looking for refinement," Kiper wrote. Instead of Beasley leaving early for the NFL, the Tigers got an added bonus with Beasley coming back for his senior year. The Clemson prospect has a chance to maximize his opportunity as a player, by working on his technique and also earning his degree. Beasley has 21 career sacks and 31 tackles for loss. He ranked third nationally and led the ACC with 13 sacks in 2013 and added 23 tackles for loss. If he continues off of last year's success, he'll have an opportunity to improve his draft stock and perhaps go higher in the first round of the draft.
Jun 13 - 5:47 PM

Former Clemson QB Chad Kelly visited Alabama over the weekend.

The Tide pursued the four-star Kelly during the 2012 recruiting period. Instead, the Buffalo, New York native chose the Tigers. Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney dismissed Kelly in April for "conduct detrimental to the team." Kelly, who will play in the JUCO ranks this year, will have two years of eligibility remaining when he returns to the FBS beginning in 2015. He could shoot to become Jacob Coker's replacement.
Jun 4 - 7:54 PM

Clemson sophomore WR Mike Williams "has the talent to become the go-to receiver" as Sammy Watkins' replacement, according to NFL.com.

Clemson must replace both the No. 4 overall pick Watkins, but also fourth-rounder Martavis Bryant. Williams (6-3, 205) is expected to be Cole Stoudt's main target, while junior Charone Peake (6-2, 205) will likely start on the opposite side. Clemson also has senior Adam Humphries (5-11, 190), a reliable possession target. Last July, Clemson receivers coach Jeff Scott compared Williams to former first-round pick DeAndre Hopkins. "They're definitely similar in their ball skills and their ability to go attack the ball in the air," said Scott at the time. "Both of them are also very good basketball players. Their body styles are different, in that Mike is a little bit taller, whereas Nuk was more of a point guard-type in basketball. But as far as attacking the ball and the ability to use your body to kind of box out, they're very similar."
Source: NFL.com
May 31 - 5:55 PM

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks believes 3-4 teams will rank Clemson senior DE Vic Beasley "near the top of the charts as a potential hybrid rusher at the next level."

"Explosive first-step quickness is one of the traits scouts covet in edge rushers," Brooks wrote. "Thus, Beasley's lightning quick 'get-off' has piqued the interest of scouts looking for a dominant defender off the edge. ... He impressed evaluators with his ability to rush from a three-point stance or stand-up position off the edge." Beasley has 21 career sacks and 31 tackles for loss. He ranked third nationally and led the ACC with 13 sacks in 2013 and added 23 tackles for loss. "If Beasley can make significant strides as a run defender, he is capable of making a big rise up the charts this fall," Brooks wrote.
Source: NFL.com
May 30 - 9:43 PM


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