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NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah was impressed with Clemson S Jadar Johnson's "instincts and quickness."

You may not have heard of Jadar (pronounced juh-DAHR) Johnson, seeing as though he was stuck behind guys like Robert Smith, Jayron Kearse, and T.J. Green as a sophomore and junior. But Johnson is a solid prospect in his own right, and his presence was one reason that Clemson's safety play didn't drop off despite losing Kearse and Green to the NFL after last season. Johnson was a first-team All-ACC selection this past year after leading the team with five interceptions. He added 60 tackles and broke up seven passes. "Johnson has an NFL frame and he got his hands on a lot of footballs this week," Jeremiah wrote. "He needs to improve his ability to finish (he dropped a couple potential interceptions) but I was impressed with his instincts and quickness."
Source: NFL.com
Jan 20 - 4:02 PM

Clemson RB Wayne Gallman will not attend the Senior Bowl.

Gallman was eligible after graduating as a redshirt junior, but never accepted the invitation. Deshaun Watson, Mike Williams, Jordan Leggett and Gallman all declined the invitation after a long championship season. Michigan's De'Veon Smith stepped up in Gallman's place.
Jan 20 - 10:35 AM

Clemson TE Jordan Leggett declined an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

The tight end position will be one of the most competitive at the Senior Bowl, with O.J. Howard, Evan Engram, Gerald Everett and others set to compete in Mobile, AL. Leggett is viewed by many as a top five, maybe even top three, prospects at the position.
Jan 20 - 9:54 AM

Clemson QB Deshaun Watson went No. 10 to the Bills in Mel Kiper's most recent mock draft.

What's interesting about that is this sentence from the write-up: "I didn't think Watson would get a post-title game draft bounce, but I've heard differently from people around the NFL." Kiper is extremely well plugged-in within NFL inner-circles. While we struggle to put a finger on where Watson's stock truly sits at this point in the process, this is undeniably a good sign for the prospect.
Source: ESPN
Jan 19 - 3:29 PM

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says NFL scouts who give QB Deshaun Watson a second-round grade should be fired.

"They should lose their jobs," Swinney said when asked about reports that Watson is receiving Rd. 2 grades. "That is absolutely the craziest thing. They don't know Deshaun. ... I can't even tell you how brilliant he is as a football player, as a person, how impactful of a man he is. He's going to change a locker room the day he gets there. He's just so driven, so humble. (He has an) unbelievable understanding of his platform and his skill set is off the charts. He can do anything and everything." Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom believes Watson is a surefire first-round talent, but those disagreeing say Watson isn't accurate enough and may struggle inside the pocket. In his first Big Board, NFL.com analyst Daniel Jeremiah listed Watson as the No. 32 prospect. Get ready for a Teddy Bridgewater-like process for Mr. Watson.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 18 - 4:02 PM

Clemson QB Deshaun Watson declined an invitation to attend the Senior Bowl.

Of the two outcomes, this one was most likely. Watson graduated in December, so he was eligible for the event and would have been coached by the Cleveland Browns who own the No. 1 pick. Watson cited the long season as to why he declined the opportunity, which is very valid. Other passers have declined in the past, including Marcus Mariota. Watson is locked into a three-way competition for the first quarterback off the board with Mitch Trubisky and DeShone Kizer. None will be in Mobile, AL. Matt Miller of Bleacher Report first reported the news.
Source: Senior Bowl
Jan 18 - 11:55 AM

Texas Tech AD Kirby Hocutt's term as chairman of the College Football Playoff selection committee has been extended through February, 2018.

"The thing for me was just the enormous amount of scrutiny on every word. I knew that," Hocutt said of his experience as chairman, "but until you're sitting in that chair, I don't think you truly comprehend that role." Hocutt took over for Jeff Long as chair during the 2016 offseason. In additional Playoff committee news, former Virginia Tech HC Frank Beamer, Robert Morris president Chris Howard and OSU AD Gene Smith have been named to the squad to replace three outgoing seats.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 17 - 6:48 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline passes along that "after surveying league people during the first day of Shrine [Game] practice, the overwhelming belief is [Clemson QB Deshaun] Watson will receive second-round grades in war rooms."

"He’ll grade well in the areas of character and leadership," Pauline writes, "but his accuracy down the field and out to the flanks has been a constant worry. Teams here also question whether or not Watson can play from the pocket." The analyst doesn't think the first round is out of the question for the 6-foot-2, 205-pounder, but believes that would likely only come if a team in need of a quarterback were to trade up from the second round to grab Watson in the final 10 picks of Round 1 (much like the Vikings did with Teddy Bridgewater).
Jan 17 - 4:27 PM

FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman reports that Clemson co-DC/DE coach Marion Hobby is giving "serious consideration" to joining the Jaguars' staff.

The Jags have already pilfered the collegiate coaching ranks once this offseason, swiping Michigan RB coach Tyrone Wheatley for their staff. Now, it's the defending champs facing a threat from Doug Marrone's bottom-feeding NFL squad. Hobby is a familiar face on the Clemson sideline, having been with the Tigers since 2011.
Jan 17 - 12:58 PM

The Akron Beacon Journal's Nate Ulrich relays that the Reese's Senior Bowl has yet to hear from Clemson QB Deshaun Watson as to whether he will attend the event.

The Senior Bowl extended an invitation to Watson earlier this winter. Still waiting to hear from the star quarterback, though. Should he attend, the 6-foot-2, 205-pound NFL-er to be could well be playing for his future coaches. Watson would be playing on the sideline coached by the Browns' staff. Cleveland holds the No. 1 overall pick -- Watson is unlikely to rise that high, though he could -- and the No. 12 overall pick (which they received as part of their trade with the Eagles last draft). The Senior Bowl will be played on January 28.
Jan 16 - 4:20 PM

Clemson DT Carlos Watkins accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

Watkins led the Tigers with 10.5 sacks in 2016 as a 300-pounder. Due to the presence of frosh DT Dexter Lawrence, Watkins (6-foot-3, 305 pounds) often lined up outside this fall. In the NFL, he'll likely return to DT. In addition to his 10.5 sacks, Watkins totaled 50 tackles and 12.5 tackles for loss to earn first-team All-ACC honors for the second time.
Jan 16 - 3:59 PM

Clemson WR Artavis Scott accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

The 5-foot-10, 190-pounder is a pure slot, challenged in size and strength but possessing quick feet and an aptitude for running sure routes. He had 76 receptions, 614 receiving yards and five touchdowns this past season. Scott projects as a mid-rounder who can also help on special teams. Scott is the first ever third-year junior to participate in the event. He graduated a year early.
Jan 16 - 2:25 PM

Clemson sophomore offensive tackle Jake Fruhmorgen will transfer.

The 6-foot-5, 290-pounder took over as the starting right tackle in spring ball. That's where he started the first eight games of the season. Things went south from there, however. Fruhmorgen missed the FSU game after suffering a shoulder injury. A few weeks later, Fruhmorgen left the team to deal with what head coach Dabo Swinney called personal issues. He was, per 247Sports, the No. 73 overall recruit in the nation coming out of the prep ranks.
Source: Tiger Net
Jan 13 - 3:52 PM

Clemson junior RB Tyshon Dye will transfer.

An afterthought behind Wayne Gallman this year, Dye finished with 21 attempts for 109 yards and a touchdown. His Tigers career ends with 76 rushes for 351 yards and five touchdowns. Dye was ESPN's No. 123 player in the nation coming out of high school.
Source: Tiger Net
Jan 13 - 1:28 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter spoke to two NFL personnel directors and one GM who said Clemson QB Deshaun Watson will be drafted in the top half of the first round.

One source was "supremely" confident in a top 10 selection, another said top-five and one even said No. 1 overall is possible after citing Hue Jackson as head coach. "Would I take him there? No, I would not," one of Schefter's sources said, adding that the process for prospects is like stocks, and Watson's will rise in the coming months. We would not be surprised if Watson is a top 10 pick or outside of the first-round.
Source: ESPN
Jan 13 - 10:06 AM


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