April 25, 2007
Clemson in NFL Draft – Notes
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Clemson defensive end Gaines Adams is listed among the top NFL first-round candidates heading into Saturday’s draft in New York City. The highest draft choice for a Clemson football player in history is a #4 selection by Banks McFadden in 1939. That draft was on December 9, 1939, the same calendar year in which McFadden played his senior year for the Tigers. He then played for Clemson in the 1940 Cotton Bowl on January 1, 1940. McFadden played just one year in the NFL for the Brooklyn Dodgers and led the league in yards per rush. But, he decided the bright lights of New York were not for him, so he returned to Clemson and started a coaching career under Frank Howard after serving in the military.
Clemson has had a #5 selection (Jerry Butler, 1979), and a pair of #6 selections (Bobby Gage in 1949 and Jeff Bryant in 1982) in football.
Clemson has had five players taken in the top 10 overall, but none since Terry Kinard was the 10th selection of the 1983 draft by the New York Giants.
If Adams is drafted in the first round it will give Clemson consecutive years with a first-round pick. Tye Hill was the #15 selection of the St. Louis Rams last year. Clemson has not had consecutive years with a first-round draft choice since the 1997 through 1999 drafts. Trevor Pryce was taken in the first round in 1997 by Denver, Anthony Simmons was chosen in the first round in 1998 by the Seattle Seahawks, and Antwan Edwards was taken in the first round by the Packers in 1999.
Gaines Adams will be in New York for Saturday’s NFL draft. He is just the second Clemson player to be in New York for the draft. Chester McGlockton was in New York on draft day in 1992 when he was the 16th pick of the draft by the Oakland Raiders.
When Adams is taken in the first round on Saturday he will become the third first-round draft choice under Tommy Bowden. He will also be the third first-round draft choice under Bowden to earn his degree from Clemson. Tye Hill (2006) are the other two firstround picks under Bowden and they both have their degrees from Clemson. Adams received his degree from Clemson in December of 2006.
Clemson could have other players taken in the draft as Anthony Waters, C.J. Gaddis, Nathan Bennett, Dustin Fry and Chansi Stuckey are candidates according to many draft projections. The record for selections from Clemson in one year is 10, set in 1983. That is also an ACC record (tied with Florida State in 1995). The 1991 draft featured eight Tigers who were selected, the second largest Clemson contingent on record. Clemson has not had more than three players chosen in a year since the 1999 draft when six Clemson players were selected off Tommy West’s last Clemson team.
Clemson has had 13 players drafted since Tommy Bowden became the head coach of the Tigers in 1999. All 13 have made an active NFL roster and 11 of the 13 have gone on to play in at least one NFL game, including all three players who were chosen last year, Tye Hill, Charlie Whitehurst and Charles Bennett.
Getting drafted in the top 100 of the NFL draft is usually a good sign for Clemson players. Since 1989, Twenty-six of the 27 Clemson players taken within the top 100 picks of the draft have gone on to play in an NFL game. The only player who has failed to do so so far is Donnell Washington who entered the draft after his junior year in 2003. He was the 72nd pick of the 2004 draft by the Green Bay Packers. Washington sat out the 2004 season due to injury and was injured most of the 2005 season, but was activated for one game. He was cut prior to last season by the Oakland Raiders.
Clemson has had 20 first-round selections in the NFL draft dating to Banks McFadden selection in the 1940 draft by the Brooklyn Dodgers. That does not included Harvey White, who was “one of many” first-round pick of the Boston Patriots in 1960 when the Patriots were in the AFL.
The ACC had its best year ever in the NFL draft last year when there were 12 player taken in the first round, including 10 on defense, and 51 selections overall. The ACC led the nation in both categories last year.
Clemson has had 189 players taken in the NFL draft over the years, including 20 in the first round. Clemson trails only Miami (FL) and Florida State among ACC schools in terms of first-round draft choices.
Clemson in NFL Draft – Final Bios
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Nathan Bennett BioDownload Free Acrobat Reader
Brandon Cannon BioDownload Free Acrobat Reader
Cole Chason BioDownload Free Acrobat Reader
Donnell Clark BioDownload Free Acrobat Reader
Duane Coleman BioDownload Free Acrobat Reader
Jad Dean BioDownload Free Acrobat Reader
Marion Dukes BioDownload Free Acrobat Reader
Dustin Fry BioDownload Free Acrobat Reader
Roman Fry BioDownload Free Acrobat Reader
C.J. Gaddis BioDownload Free Acrobat Reader
Sergio Gilliam BioDownload Free Acrobat Reader
Thomas Hunter BioDownload Free Acrobat Reader
Reggie Merriweather BioDownload Free Acrobat Reader
Will Proctor BioDownload Free Acrobat Reader
Nic Riddle BioDownload Free Acrobat Reader
Brent Smith BioDownload Free Acrobat Reader
Chansi Stuckey BioDownload Free Acrobat Reader
Anthony Waters BioDownload Free Acrobat Reader
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