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Clemson senior ILB Stephone Anthony "displayed impressive overall range ... for a 6-2, 245-pound guy," noted Scout's Inc.

"He was the most explosive of the linebackers group, with good closing burst. He showed good awareness in coverage in the seven-on-seven drills, and he's also got some pop at the point of attack," wrote Todd McShay, Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl. Anthony "made quite a name for himself" at Senior Bowl practices this week, NFL Media analyst Charles Davis wrote on Friday. "He can flat-out run, making plays sideline to sideline," Davis wrote. "I loved watching him. When Anthony diagnoses and reacts, look out. I was really impressed watching him retreat into coverage and break on the ball. He's a tremendous athlete." Anthony is tough and doesn't mind doing the dirty work inside.
Jan 24 - 10:35 PM

Clemson senior ILB Stephone Anthony "made quite a name for himself" at Senior Bowl practices this week, wrote NFL Media analyst Charles Davis.

"He can flat-out run, making plays sideline to sideline," Davis wrote. "I loved watching him. When Anthony diagnoses and reacts, look out. I was really impressed watching him retreat into coverage and break on the ball. He's a tremendous athlete." The 6-foot-2, 235-pound Anthony is a prototypical inside linebacker whose range and anticipation have been questioned in the past, so Davis' observations are certainly good news. Anthony is tough and doesn't mind doing the dirty work inside.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 23 - 6:50 PM

An NFC general manager speaking with NFL Media wasn't concerned by Clemson senior DT Grady Jarrett's size.

"Teams have different philosophies about size up front on defense, but if a player is tough and strong, then I think he can play in our league. Aaron Donald proved that," the GM said. Interestingly, an NFC scout compared Jarrett to Donald with less pass-rushing ability earlier this season. "Jarrett is undersized by NFL standards at just under 6-foot-1 and 288 pounds, and he certainly will be scratched from the draft boards of teams who covet mass from the nose position," observed NFL.com. "While he isn't Donald, the 13th overall pick of the Rams in the 2014 NFL Draft, he is extremely quick off the snap and plays with good leverage and strength. He's had some outstanding reps in practice this week, and the success Donald has enjoyed as a rookie is likely to help Jarrett's case despite his lack of size." Jarrett, a projected three-technique tackle at the next level, has exceptional ball awareness and an ability to sniff out screens.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 21 - 8:58 PM

Clemson senior QB Cole Stoudt completed 7-of-8 passes for 48 yards in Saturday's NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

While Stoudt only had one incomplete pass in the contest, almost half of his yardage came on a 19-yard pass. Other than that, he was passing for the short stuff. The 6-foot-4, 210-pounder also played well in the Russell Athletic Bowl in late December, tossing three touchdowns and throwing for 319 yards against Oklahoma. Despite these last two performances, Stoudt is unlikely to be drafted. He could find himself with a camp invite based on his accuracy (63.2% in 2014), though his decision-making (nine touchdowns to 10 interceptions in 2014) leaves a lot to be desired.
Jan 18 - 5:43 PM

Clemson redshirt freshman CB Mackensie Alexander was named a first-team freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association of America on Wednesday.

The 5-foot-11, 175-pound Alexander was the first cornerback in the history of Clemson's program to start every game as a freshman. This season the Clemson prospect had 22 tackles on 18 first hits and four assists, and added six pass breakups and a recovered fumble.
Jan 14 - 3:00 PM

Clemson junior P Bradley Pinion will forgo his senior season and declare for the 2015 NFL Draft.

The 6-foot-6, 240-pounder follows in the footsteps of LSU punter Brad Wing, who declared early in 2013 but went undrafted. Pinion would probably accept Wing's fate, though, as the former LSU Tiger is currently with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Pinion averaged 42.6 yards per punt this year, only fifth-best in the ACC, and had 102 touchbacks in 178 career kickoffs.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 7 - 3:11 PM

NFL.com's Chase Goodbread writes that Clemson senior edge rusher Vic Beasley "made some draft-day money with his performance against Oklahoma in the Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando Dec. 29."

"Beasley went up against arguably the top offensive tackle tandem in college football in Sooners fifth-year seniors Tyrus Thompson and Daryl Williams," Goodbread wrote. "Both were both first-team All-Big 12, and both are in the 6-foot-5, 330-pound range -- the kind of size Beasley will face more regularly in the NFL. Beasley still delivered three tackles for loss, a pass breakup and the 33rd sack of his decorated Clemson career in a 40-6 Tigers win." The 6-foot-3, 235-pound Beasley finished another outstanding season with 11 sacks and 21.5 tackles for loss. NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah compares Beasley to former first-round pick Jerry Hughes. Beasley himself is a projected first-rounder.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 6 - 5:31 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay writes that Clemson senior edge rusher Vic Beasley is "a difference-maker as a pass-rusher whose first-step quickness and closing speed are near elite."

The 6-foot-3, 235-pound Beasley finished another outstanding season with 11 sacks and 21.5 tackles for loss. "He shakes offensive tackles with double moves and has good hands and lateral quickness when redirected inside," McShay wrote. Beasley leaves Clemson as the school's all-time sack leader. NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah compares Beasley to former first-round pick Jerry Hughes. Beasley is a projected first-rounder.
Tue, Dec 30, 2014 06:42:00 PM

Clemson senior QB Cole Stoudt went 26-of-36 passing for 319 yards and three touchdowns, and added another rushing score, in Monday's 40-6 demolition of Oklahoma in the Russell Athletic Bowl.

If you're wondering where this performance came from, your guess is as good as ours. Stoudt entered play on Monday with a 6/10 TD/INT ratio, having played so poorly that he toted a clipboard whenever true freshman QB Deshaun Watson was healthy. The 6-foot-4, 210-pounder snapped a five-game interception streak in grand style, shredding Oklahoma's secondary at will. He isn't much of a draft prospect, but will play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl auditioning for a camp invite next month.
Mon, Dec 29, 2014 09:41:00 PM

Clemson freshman WR Artavis Scott caught eight balls for 114 yards and a touchdown in Monday's 40-6 demolition of Oklahoma in the Russell Athletic Bowl.

The Tigers have something special in Scott, who stepped onto campus with NFL open-field skills. The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder accrued 76 catches for 966 yards and eight touchdowns in his first year, and Scott's role in the offense will only grow going forward. NFL.com's Bucky Brooks lauded Scott's instincts, awareness and running skills earlier this season, writing: "If Scott can continue to flash home-run ability and dynamic running skills over the next few seasons, he could be the next Clemson receiver to make his mark in the pros."
Mon, Dec 29, 2014 09:28:00 PM

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said no Tiger underclassmen filed paperwork seeking feedback from the NFL Draft Advisory Board.

This is interesting news, as we expected, at minimum, for redshirt sophomore DE Shaq Lawson and junior OT Isaiah Battle to seek out opinions on their respective stocks. Swinney said he expects both to return to school. Lawson, a third-year sophomore reserve with three sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss this year, was smart to stick around. He'll be everyone's ACC defensive breakout candidate next year with seniors Vic Beasley and Corey Crawford off to the pros.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 09:28:00 PM

Clemson senior DT Deshawn Williams accepted an invitation to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

Heading into Clemson's date with Oklahoma, Williams has posted 21 tackles and three sacks. The 6-foot-1, 295-pound Williams was a key contributor on a unit that ranked No. 1 in the NCAA in total defense, but his NFL measurables are lacking.
Fri, Dec 26, 2014 03:06:00 PM

Clemson redshirt senior DE Tavaris Barnes accepted an invitation to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

The 6-foot-4, 275-pound Barnes has collected 11 tackles and three sacks this season. His impact was minimal outside of a monster performance in a 17-13 victory over Boston College in mid-October when Barnes recorded two sacks.
Fri, Dec 26, 2014 12:40:00 PM

Clemson senior QB Cole Stoudt accepted an invitation to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

After starting off the year ineffective and earning a spot on the bench, Stoudt has been Deshaun Watson's much-maligned injury replacement. Overall, he's started eight games this season and passed for over 1,500 yards. The 6-foot-4, 210-pounder isn't much of a draft prospect. Stoudt will start Clemson’s bowl game against Oklahoma on December 29.
Wed, Dec 24, 2014 03:27:00 PM

Scout Inc.'s Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl wrote that Clemson freshman QB Deshaun Watson "is one of the more dynamic dual-threat quarterbacks in all of college football."

"Watson has a smooth and clean release with the arm strength to make all the necessary throws," they observed. "While he can show more patience in the pocket, he has shown the ability to get through progressions and has excellent mobility to escape pressure and put stress on a defense with his legs." Hopefully Watson's durability concerns don't stretch into the future. He will miss the Russell Athletic Bowl after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ACL.
Fri, Dec 19, 2014 07:50:00 PM


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