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Clemson's Dexter Lawrence, Trayvon Mullen, Tre Lamar declare for NFL Draft

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  • Clemson's Dexter Lawrence, Trayvon Mullen, Tre Lamar declare for NFL Draft

    The exodus of top Clemson Tigers underclassmen has begun, with first-round prospect Dexter Lawrence headlining a group of three players to declare for the NFL draft on Wednesday.

    Cornerback Trayvon Mullen and linebacker Tre Lamar join Lawrence in leaving school early.

    Lawrence, a 6-foot-5, 340-pound defensive tackle, ranks No. 14 on Mel Kiper's Big Board of the top 25 draft prospects. A starter since his true freshman season, Lawrence has been a force in the interior of the Tigers' vaunted defensive line, earning All-ACC honors twice.

    Lawrence's departure means Clemson loses all four of its starting defensive linemen, as Clelin Ferrell, Christian Wilkins and Austin Bryant are all seniors.

    But there will be some tough questions for Lawrence to answer during the draft vetting process, as he was suspended for the College Football Playoff after testing positive for a banned substance in December.

    During media day for the Goodyear Cotton Bowl, Lawrence said he didn't know how the banned substance appeared in the drug test he took.

    "I'm not the type of guy to do a selfish act like that," he told reporters.

    Mullen, rated Kiper's No. 5-rated cornerback, started 14 games this season for the national champions and had a big performance in the championship game against Alabama, with six tackles, an interception and forced fumble. He was a second-team All-ACC selection.

    Lamar, rated Kiper's No. 9 inside linebacker prospect, finished second on the team with 85 tackles and also was a second-team All-ACC selection.

    Mullen and Lamar were indispensable parts of a Clemson defense that ranked No. 5 in the nation and shut down its two playoff opponents, Notre Dame and Alabama, holding them to a combined 19 points.

  • #2
    If Christian Wilkins falls to us I would be happy with that pick (assuming we cannot trade up). He can play DE/DT and NT. Hes a beast even if he had talent around him. Hes the best player on Clemson and we would be lucky to have him in rotation.
    2016 Draft:


    • #3
      Yes! Wilkins, Oliver, Williams, Simmons... draft loaded with DTs... I think it’s time we replace Malik Jax with a legit disruptive force in the middle.


      • #4
        If, by some miracle, Lawrence would fall to us in the 2nd round he is a must add.


        • #5
          That's nice but we need a qb.
          Until we get a TRUE not name "Lock" qb we will miss the playoffs and be average at best! I'm E2DS and I approve this message! "AND IF YOU DON'T KNOW, NOW YA KNOW."