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Clemson senior CB Cordrea Tankersley "needs to tweak some technique and discipline issues," writes CBS Sports' Dane Brugler, "but his size, athleticism and ballskills, especially in man coverage, have NFL scouts intrigued and excited."

Tankersley finished among the conference leaders with 19 passes defended and five interceptions as offenses stayed away from Mackensie Alexander last year. Now, quarterbacks will be avoiding Tankersley. "A good-sized athlete, Tankersley has the height and length desired for the next level, using his arms well to obstruct the catch point vision and disrupt the rhythm of wide receivers," Brugler wrote. "He displays above-average ball skills on film with the ability to quickly locate and gain proper position, showing terrific judgement for the position." The analyst believes Tankersley must work on his propensity to be "undisciplined with his hands in coverage, grabbing and attracting attention from officials when panicked." If he can, the prospect "could be the first Clemson cornerback to be drafted in the top 45 picks in the last 10 years," wrote Brugler.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 29 - 6:26 PM

Clemson sophomore WR Deon Cain's "stock should steadily rise as he has the size and speed that NFL teams covet," writes NFL.com's Lance Zierlein.

The analyst pointed out that Cain was a high-school quarterback who is still learning the finer points of the wide receiver position. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Cain posted 34 receptions for 582 yards and five touchdowns as a true freshman last year. He was suspended prior to the postseason, but has been cleared for camp.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 28 - 4:51 PM

Neither Clemson junior QB Deshaun Watson nor FSU junior RB Dalvin Cook were unanimous All-ACC preseason selections.

Watson and Cook were named to the preseason All-ACC team (no surprise there), but not in the expected fashion. Despite the fact that Watson was the Heisman runner-up to Christian McCaffrey last season and that Cook was about as close to the Heisman ceremony as a non-invitee can be, neither player was named a unanimous All-ACC selection. In Watson's case, Miami QB Brad Kaaya, Louisville QB Lamar Jackson and North Carolina QB Mitch Trubisky siphoned off a total of three ballots.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 27 - 2:32 PM

The NFL will announce Philadelphia as the host city for the 2017 NFL Draft, according to NJ.com's Matt Lombardo.

The draft has been held in Chicago for the last two years after leaving New York City. According to Lombardo, the NFL is still nailing down the details on the announcement. Philadelphia, obviously, can support big events, as they are currently hosting the Democratic National Convention. In terms of a local connection, the Eagles do not currently own a first round pick in 2017 after trading it to move up for Carson Wentz.
Source: NJ.com
Jul 27 - 10:23 AM

The ACC media poll tabbed Clemson to repeat as conference champion.

Clemson received 144 votes to win the conference, while Florida State (39), North Carolina (7) and Louisville (1) followed a ways behind. Not only did the media poll see the Tigers repeating as conference champs, it sees our ACC Championship Game for 2016 as a repeat of last year's battle between Clemson and North Carolina. The poll tapped both schools to win their respective divisions in the coming season.
Jul 25 - 12:53 PM

Westgate Superbook lists Clemson junior QB Deshaun Watson as a 9/2 favorite to win the Heisman Trophy.

LSU RB Leonard Fournette and Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey follow Watson at 5/1, with OU QB Baker Mayfield and FSU RB Dalvin Cook rounding out the book's top five Heisman contenders at 12/1. That is all shiny and happy, but two big-name players took notable tumbles from their March opening odds. Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly dropped from 12/1 to 30/1, while Baylor QB Seth Russell plummeted from 12/1 to 40/1.
Jul 24 - 2:00 PM

At the ACC Football Kickoff, Clemson junior QB Deshaun Watson told reporters that former Auburn QB Cam Newton has been serving as a mentor.

Watson and Newton first met when the former was in junior high. According to Watson, Newton's advice doesn't necessarily just pertain to the game of football itself. "But he just give(s) me good advice pretty much off the field, saying to be true to who I am, listen to the coaching staff, buy into the process, don't get yourself distracted with the outside things," Watson said, "just focus on the main things." Naturally, Clemson opens the season at Auburn on September 3.
Source: AL.com
Jul 24 - 12:45 PM

NFL.com analysts Bucky Brooks and Daniel Jeremiah have both compared Clemson junior QB Deshaun Watson to 2015 No. 2 overall pick Marcus Mariota.

"The production is off the charts," Jeremiah wrote. "Watson can dominate a game with his run-pass skill combination. As a passer, he has a quick delivery and slightly above-average arm strength. ... As a runner, he has outstanding vision and quickness. He's used quite often in the zone-read game and he makes excellent decisions." The analyst did clarify that Mariota was "bigger, faster, stronger and more accurate." As for Brooks, he wrote that while the pair can both hurt you in the pocket, they boast "rare athleticism and movement skills." Watson is a candidate to go No. 1 overall next spring.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 22 - 4:52 PM

Clemson senior ILB Ben Boulware spoke with former Clemson LB Stephone Anthony about improving his diet.

Boulware tipped the scales at 248 pounds during the national championship game in January. After watching film this offseason, he noticed that there were improvements that could be made in his quickness. He would like to open the season at 234 pounds. During the 2015 campaign, Boulware put forth a well-rounded effort, recording 81 tackles (7.5 for loss), three sacks, two interceptions and three forced fumbles.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 22 - 2:13 PM

ACC commissioner John Swofford indicated that the NBA's decision to pull the All-Star Game from Charlotte will have no bearing on the ACC Championship Game.

Adam Silver and the NBA are backing off on plans to play the 2017 All-Star Game in Charlotte due to North Carolina House Bill 2, a law which could be seen as limiting anti-discrimination protections for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. While the ACC has yet to take that step for its conference title game, played annually in Charlotte at the end of the season, Swofford said that the conference would reevaluate matters in October. "Right now what our schools want to do is to see how this plays out and where it ends up," he explained, "because it's still in process to one degree or another and the courts may well ultimately decide that."
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 22 - 1:01 PM

Clemson HC Dabo Swinney says freshman WR T.J. Chase hasn't been cleared academically.

"T.J. Chase, we are still waiting on," Swinney said. "He's not a medical issue. He hasn't cleared all of his issues academically. Hopefully, we will get some good news on him this week. If not, he will go to prep school in the fall and join us in January." The four-star prospect out of Plant City (FL) is expected to compete for playing time amid a crowed receiving corps if he's cleared. 247Sports listed Chase as the consensus No. 42 wide receiver in the incoming class.
Source: Tiger Net
Jul 20 - 7:38 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban called Clemson junior QB Deshaun Watson "the most dominant player in college football since Cam Newton."

"I don't care who plays quarterback for us. He ain't gonna be that good," Saban said. He should know well enough. Watson shredded the Crimson Tide for 405 passing yards while tossing four touchdowns to just one interception in the national title game back in January. He also rushed for 73 yards. Newton pulled off the CFB triple-crown of Heisman, national championship and No. 1 overall pick in the 2010-2011 football year, a feat that Watson could well make a run at this coming season.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 19 - 3:48 PM

Clemson HC Dabo Swinney indicated that freshman RB Tavien Feaster (shoulder) is healthy.

Feaster underwent shoulder surgery shortly after National Signing Day, for what Swinney called a "little shoulder problem." The 5-foot-11, 202-pounder sits behind Wayne Gallman and Adam Choice on the depth chart, but his elite speed factor should be good for a highlight or two in 2016. Swinney has already compared Feaster to C.J. Spiller. As a senior at Spartanburg High, he posted 1,971 all-purpose yards and 21 touchdowns. Scout.com graded him as a five-star recruit for the 2016 cycle.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 19 - 1:27 PM

Clemson junior CB Cordrea Tankersley "has the size the NFL will love and the on-field production is not far behind," notes Pro Football Focus' Steve Palazzolo.

The 6-foot-1 Tankersley's +9.6 coverage grade against the Power-5 tied for sixth in the nation last year. He gave up merely 41.5 percent completions and an opposing quarterbacks passer rating of 44.4, No. 8 in the nation. Pro Football Focus ranks Tankersley as the No. 57 player in college football. CBS Sports compares Tankersley to former Clemson defensive back Byron Maxwell, with whom he's similar in size and play; a bit shorter, yes, but perhaps a bit faster too.
Jul 15 - 6:51 PM

Clemson senior WR Mike Williams had Pro Football Focus' No. 12 grade among wide receivers in 2014.

Of Williams' 18.1 yards per reception in 2014, 7.6 came after the catch. He piled up 11 forced missed tackles on 57 receptions. "A healthy Williams steps right back in as the top playmaker for Clemson," Steve Palazzolo wrote. PFF lists Williams as the No. 58 player in college football.
Jul 15 - 5:56 PM


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