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Clemson sophomore QB Deshaun Watson "is as intriguing a choice as there is on the [Heisman] board," writes ESPN's Travis Haney.

Watson enters the season with 20-1 odds to win the sport's premier trophy. If you watched him play last year, you might wonder why those odds aren't lower. Of course, an injury will wipe out any chance of winning the Heisman, and Watson hurt his collarbone last spring, suffered through a hand injury, and then tore his ACL in November. "Watson is expected to be a go by preseason camp, but he has to shake that injury-prone tag to make 20-1 a value," Haney wrote.
Source: ESPN.com
May 26 - 11:01 PM

NFL Media ranks Clemson sophomore QB Deshaun Watson as their No. 1 breakout players on verge of stardom.

"But his stellar play in other action -- from his school-freshman-record six touchdown passes against North Carolina to his gritty effort against ACC champ Florida State -- has Clemson fans hopeful that he will emergence as the best quarterback in the ACC this year," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Chase Goodbread. Watson ran into a wall of bad luck in 2014, breaking his hand, spraining his knee, and tearing his ACL. However, the Clemson prospect flashed potential, completing 68 percent of his passes for 1,466 yards with 14 touchdowns and two interceptions, while setting a single-season Tigers record with a 188.6 passer rating.
Source: NFL.com
May 26 - 3:05 PM

NFL Media ranks Clemson sophomore QB Deshaun Watson as the No. 9 offensive player in the entire country.

"Watson was heralded as a budding star after breaking school freshman records in his first career start with 435 yards and six touchdown passes, a 50-35 win over North Carolina," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Chase Goodbread. Unfortunately, injuries, including a torn ACL, wrecked his freshman campaign. All in all, Watson completed 93 of 137 passes (68 percent) for 1,466 yards, 14 touchdowns and just two interceptions. Don't be surprised if he contends for the Heisman this year.
Source: NFL.com
May 23 - 7:47 PM

Clemson has dismissed redshirt sophomore DE Ebenezer Ogundeko for a violation of team rules.

Per Dabo Swinney, the full reason for the dismissal was "violation of team rules and behavior detrimental to our football team." Ogundeko did not have a large role during his first season on the field for Clemson, but those who cover the team noted he took "large strides" forward during the spring and was ticketed for a bigger role in 2015. Clemson lost their top edge rusher to the NFL in Vic Beasley and a number of talented players.
May 19 - 11:07 AM

ESPN's David Hale called Clemson redshirt sophomore DE Shaq Lawson one of the ACC's best underclassmen prospects.

"He's been a terror in reserve duty the past two years," Hale wrote. "Now he steps into [Vic] Beasley's starting role with a chance to fully establish himself as a top NFL prospect." Lawson had three sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss last year playing behind seniors Beasley and Corey Crawford.
Source: ESPN.com
May 19 - 1:33 AM

Clemson redshirt sophomore CB Mackensie Alexander "blossomed into a star as a redshirt freshman in 2014, and he’ll be the backbone of Clemson’s D this season," wrote ESPN's David Hale.

"A big season could certainly vault the former five-star recruit into the first round of the draft, but he could also take a page from former teammates like Vic Beasley and Stephone Anthony and maximize his college experience," Hale wrote. The 5-foot-11, 175-pound Alexander was named a first-team freshman All-American last year. He had 22 tackles on 18 first hits and four assists, adding six pass breakups and a recovered fumble.
Source: ESPN.com
May 18 - 11:46 PM

Rotoworld's Evan Silva graded the Falcons' draft as a "B+" effort.

"One of my favorite moves of draft weekend was a day-three trade with Minnesota that netted Atlanta disruptive and versatile interior presence [Grady] Jarrett and only cost the Falcons a sixth-round pick," Silva wrote. Vic Beasley was worth a top-10 pick, and Atlanta got value or better on their next four selections in LSU CB Jalen Collins, Indiana RB Tevin Coleman, East Carolina WR Justin Hardy and Jarrett. ESPN's Mel Kiper gave Atlanta a "B" grade. "If there's a question mark here, it's the offensive line, where they didn't get any help at guard," he wrote. "I like this draft, especially with the curveball they dealt with regarding the class of pass-rushers."
Source: Rotoworld
May 4 - 9:49 PM

Saints signed Clemson DL Tavaris Barnes.

Barnes (6'4/282) played on the same line as Vic Beasley, Grady Jarrett, and Corey Crawford at Clemson, making only four career starts. He notched 9.5 career TFLs, five sacks, and one forced fumble across four seasons. Turning 24 in November, Barnes is an old prospect with limited athleticism, running 4.80 at the Combine and struggling in the vertical (31") and broad (9') jumps at Clemson's Pro Day. A fringe NFL prospect, Barnes is an end-tackle tweener with a low ceiling.
May 3 - 5:40 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay ranks Clemson edge rusher Corey Crawford as the No. 4 prospect not drafted.

"Crawford is the prototype in terms of size and length at the defensive end position," McShay wrote. "He flashes heavy hands and strong point-of-attack skills. He also has excellent speed-to-power capabilities as a pass-rusher. However, inconsistency and off-the-field issues have plagued him throughout his career. Crawford has a high ceiling, but must improve his approach to the game both on and off the field if he wants to reach his full potential." Crawford turned off a lot of people by skipping the Senior Bowl. He later explained that he had a high ankle sprain.
Source: ESPN.com
May 3 - 4:12 PM

Bills selected Clemson LB Tony Steward with the No. 188 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Steward (6'1/241) was primarily a special teams player for the Tigers, finally earning consistent defensive snaps as a senior. He ran 4.64 with a 34 1/2-inch vertical and pumped 29 reps at the Clemson Pro Day. Steward's ticket to an NFL roster spot will come on kickoff and punt coverage.
May 2 - 4:23 PM

49ers selected Clemson P Bradley Pinion with the No. 165 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Pinion (6'5/229) was about as dominant as punters get in college, landing 55 of his 140 career punts inside the opposing 20-yard line with only two career touchbacks. He doubled as Clemson's placekicker and kickoff specialist. Pinion earned the rare distinction of declaring for the draft as a junior. Ideally built and very talented, Pinion could be a field-flipping weapon in the NFL.
May 2 - 3:08 PM

Falcons selected Clemson DT Grady Jarrett with the No. 137 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

The Falcons double dip with Clemson defensive prospects. Jarrett (6'1/304) made 37 starts in college, tallying 29.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles. He was first-team All ACC as a senior. Jarrett ran 5.06 at the Combine, also recording an impressive 31-inch vertical, 30 bench-press reps, and 31 on the Wonderlic. Described by Rotoworld draft guru Josh Norris as "90 percent of Aaron Donald," Jarrett is a quick-twitch interior rusher who defends the run well, which should translate to an every-down role in the pros. Jarrett is capable of playing both one- and three-technique tackle.
May 2 - 1:49 PM

Saints selected Clemson ILB Stephone Anthony with the No. 31 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Anthony (6'3/243) primarily played Mike linebacker for Clemson, racking up 34.5 career TFLs, nine sacks and five forced fumbles as a 35-game starter. He only missed two tackles as a senior. Anthony lit up the Combine, running 4.56 with a 37-inch vertical, 10-foot-2 broad jump and 4.03 short shuttle. Anthony is an inconsistent splash player on film, but his combination of high-end athleticism and production suggests he has a good chance to develop into a three-down linebacker.
Apr 30 - 11:26 PM

Falcons selected Clemson DE Vic Beasley with the No. 8 overall pick in the 2015 draft.

Beasley (6'3/246) was a two-time first-team All American at Clemson, finishing his career as the school's all-time leader in sacks (33) while piling up 52.5 tackles for loss as a 25-game starter. Beasley's stock got a jolt at the Combine, where he shredded every test, including the Wonderlic (29). With 4.53 speed, a 41-inch vertical, and an absurd 10-foot-10 broad jump, Beasley is an explosive, quick-twitch athlete with an elite get-off and rare edge speed. Beasley should threaten for eight-plus sacks as a rookie and eventually be an annual double-digit-sack producer. He'll man the LEO spot from day one in coach Dan Quinn's defense.
Apr 30 - 9:02 PM

Clemson ILB Stephone Anthony is "athletic enough to be a three-down 'mike'", but "there's a little stiffness to him," an anonymous NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

"He's a willing hitter," a second scout said. "He doesn't quite show up with all the flashy play-making you would think for somebody who worked out and looked as good as he did. The physicality part is not a weakness." The MSJ noted that some scouts they spoke to said Anthony can play all three downs, while others disagreed. "Change of direction was a little bit of an issue," a third scout said. "But he's strong and can knock you back. He can run through gaps. I liked him. I didn't love him."
Apr 30 - 5:14 PM


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