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Seahawks drafted Clemson RB Zac Brooks with the No. 247 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Brooks announced his intention to quit football in order to focus on interior design after the 2015 season, but he notified the league of his eligibility for the draft in January. He missed the 2014 season with a broken foot before gaining 347 total yards and scoring five total touchdowns as Wayne Gallman's backup last season. An above-average athlete, Brooks is a project for the Seahawks.
Apr 30 - 6:31 PM

Vikings selected Clemson SS Jayron Kearse with the No. 244 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Kearse (6'4/216) spent three seasons at Clemson before turning pro, starting for two of them and compiling 12 tackles for loss with three sacks and seven interceptions. Kearse is an average athlete -- 4.62 forty, 31 1/2-inch vertical -- but he has drawn some Kam Chancellor comparisons for his length (34 1/4-inch arms) and build. Kearse's drawbacks are his inability to change directions fluidly and a nonchalant playing style in the box. Kearse looks imposing getting off the bus, but he wasn't a difference-making college player and has a shaky NFL outlook as a linebacker-safety 'tweener who may not play physically enough for either job.
Apr 30 - 6:22 PM

Jets selected Clemson WR Charone Peake with the No. 241 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Peake (6'2/209) spent one season as a full-time starter at Clemson, posting a 50-716-5 (14.3 YPR) receiving line for the national champion runner-ups. A power player who can block and create yards after catch with desire and brute strength, Peake's stock got a bump in Indy with a 4.45 forty and 35 1/2-inch vertical. Peake's college production underwhelms, but he has an NFL-level combination of build, movement skills, and physicality. He has a chance to become a better pro than college player.
Apr 30 - 6:19 PM

Texans selected Clemson NT D.J. Reader with the No. 166 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Reader (6'3/327) was a rotational tackle before succeeding Grady Jarrett as a senior, managing 1.5 tackles for loss as a nine-game starter. Reader finished the college season at 340 pounds, and weight fluctuation could be an ongoing problem. An old-school nose tackle who did 30 bench-press reps in Indy, Reader is a two-down lineman entirely lacking of pass-rush ability. His upside is a run-stuffing role player.
Apr 30 - 3:22 PM

Giants selected Clemson OLB B.J. Goodson with the No. 109 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Goodson (6'1/242) took over as a full-time starter in his fifth-year senior campaign and went on to lead Clemson in tackles (160) while earning first-team All-ACC recognition. Goodson showed above-average athleticism at the Combine, running 4.69 with a 34 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-10 broad jump. Although Goodson was at his collegiate best defending the run downhill, his long arms (33 1/4") are handy in coverage and he is a striker as a tackler. He's a sleeper to contribute at inside linebacker down the line.
Apr 30 - 12:47 PM

Colts selected Clemson DB T.J. Green with the No. 57 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Green (6'3/209) spent two seasons at safety after converting from wideout, emerging as a starter as a 2015 junior and logging 5.5 tackles for loss with two forced fumbles. Green helped himself at the Combine, blazing 4.34 with an explosive 10-foot-9 broad jump. Green flashes stingy cover skills and was at times utilized as an eighth defender in the box at Clemson, but he missed 17 tackles last season and has yet to fully unlock his athletic gifts. Green is something of a project, but offers upside.
Apr 29 - 9:17 PM

Vikings selected Clemson CB Mackensie Alexander with the No. 54 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Alexander (5'10/190) went pro as a redshirt sophomore after making 27 starts in two seasons with the Tigers, collecting 11 pass breakups and four tackles for loss. Although Alexander did not intercept a single pass at Clemson, he allowed just two career touchdown passes and zero over his final 23 games. A fluid, explosive athlete with 4.49 speed and a 37 1/2-inch vertical, Alexander plays with an infectious swagger and is at his best in press-man coverage. He's been compared to "Josh Norman lite" by CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler.
Apr 29 - 9:14 PM

Titans selected Clemson DE/OLB Kevin Dodd with the No. 33 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Dodd (6'5/277) was overshadowed by Shaq Lawson entering his senior year but broke out all the same, exploding for 23.5 tackles for loss and 12 sacks in his lone season as a starter. Dodd terrorized Alabama's defensive line in January's national title game, amassing five TFLs and three sacks. Dodd will be a 24-year-old rookie and his measurable athleticism is ordinary — 4.86 forty, 9-foot-2 broad jump — but he atones with elite length (34-inch arms) and a non-stop motor. The arrow is pointing up on Dodd as an end-tackle hybrid in the Justin Tuck mold.
Apr 29 - 7:23 PM

Five scouts who spoke with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel believe Clemson DE Kevin Dodd is a better pro prospect than teammate Shaq Lawson.

Lawson was drafted by the Bills with the No. 19 pick on Thursday, while Dodd is still floating out there waiting for a little love. One scout noted that he was "sitting behind some really good players when he was developing [at Clemson]. As long as his work ethic stays the way it is, he’s got a big upside." Another said, "He’s a fluid, athletic guy. Wins on quickness. Not a powerful guy." Expect Dodd to be scooped up on Day 2 barring some sort of weirdness.
Apr 29 - 1:39 PM

Bills selected Clemson DE Shaq Lawson with the No. 19 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Lawson (6'3/269) served as a situational pass rusher before breaking out as a starter in 2015, tallying 25.5 tackles for loss and 12.5 sacks en route to first-team All-American honors. A plus athlete for his size, Lawson ran 4.70 at the Combine with a 30-inch vertical and 10-foot broad jump. Although he lacks an elite get-off and isn't quite flexible enough to bend the edge, Lawson showed the ability to convert speed into power in college and was a dominant run defender. Lawson projects as a three-down player who could flirt with 8-10 sacks in his best years but will probably settle in as a 5-8 sack guy.
Apr 28 - 10:20 PM

NFL Media's Ian Rapoport is the next to bring up Clemson DB T.J. Green as a possible late first round target.

Rapsheet notes Green could be a late first round pick at corner, something Josh Norris projected in his last mock with the Cardinals at No. 29. Green stands 6-foot-3 and 209-pounds with outstanding athleticism and 32-inch arms. Those types rarely stay at safety and teams want to move them to corner, like Damarious Randall with the Packers last year. Green has a good chance to be drafted ahead of teammate Mackensie Alexander.
Apr 26 - 10:51 AM

Not all teams are comfortable with the status of Clemson DE Shaq Lawson's shoulder, reports TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Though multiple reports previously indicated that the shoulder was medically cleared, Pauline has heard that "more than a few franchises" believe a condition in Lawson’s shoulder "is degenerative and will cause problems down the road." Concluded the analyst: "Scouts say Lawson knows one speed, all-out, which leads to a battered body. If Lawson falls on draft day, it's likely a result of red flags on his shoulder."
Apr 25 - 7:39 PM

Clemson LB B.J. Goodson visited the Giants and Colts last week, according to Aaron Wilson.

Goodson completed a combination of 15 visits and workouts during the draft process, and other visits include the Broncos, Jaguars, Dolphins and Jets. This draft might lack day three linebacker talent and depth, and Goodson could be one of the more sought after prospects in that range.
Apr 25 - 11:44 AM

Peter King of The MMQB keeps hearing the Bears "will go defense" at pick No. 11.

This site and others have projected a left tackle for the Bears to complete a revamped front five over the last two seasons. King, on the other hand, mocks Clemson's Shaq Lawson to the Bears as an extra edge rusher for the defense. King adds Lawson could need a minor shoulder procedure prior to the season, almost certainly on the same shoulder that was flagged by one team during the NFL Combine.
Source: The MMQB
Apr 25 - 11:15 AM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein believes that Clemson edge rusher Shaq Lawson will be drafted before teammate and fellow edge rusher Kevin Dodd.

"Both are different in their approaches as pass rushers, so it might just be a matter of taste," Zierlein wrote, "but Lawson's clean combine medical recheck should boost his stock." The medical issue in question was Lawson's shoulder. During medical rechecks in Indianapolis earlier this month, the 6-foot-3, 270-pounder's occasionally balky right shoulder (he wore a brace in 2015) was deemed clean and clear. He is a first-rounder through-and-through and could conceivably draw interest into the top-10, though that is not a given.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 23 - 9:00 PM


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