Rod Gardner Headed For Big Apple, NFL Draft

Rod Gardner Headed For Big Apple, NFL Draft

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Clemson, SC – Clemson wide receiver Rod Gardner could be a high first-round draft choice in this weekend’s NFL draft. The event, which has been held every year since 1936, will be held in New York on Saturday and Sunday. Gardner has been ranked as high as seventh by some NFL draft experts.

Gardner finished his Clemson career as the school’s all-time leader in receptions with 166. This past year he caught 58 passes for 1050 yards and seven scores. He was named a first-team All-American by Gannett News Service and College & Pro Football Weekly. For his career he had 166 catches for 2498 yards and 13 touchdowns.

If Gardner is chosen within the top 10 picks he would be Clemson’s first top 10 selection since the 1983 draft when Terry Kinard was chosen 10th by the New York Giants. Banks McFadden was the number-four selection of the 1940 draft by the Brooklyn Dodgers and that is the highest selection in Clemson football history.

Only one athlete in Clemson history has been taken as the number-one selection of any draft. Kris Benson was the number-one choice of the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1996 Major League Baseball Draft. The second highest selection in Clemson sports history took place earlier this academic year when soccer All-American Mark Lisi was the number-three selection of the MLS Draft by D.C. United. That has been a wise choice so far, as Lisi already has two game-winning goals in the young MLS season.

Clemson’s Highest Selections In NFL Draft

Pick Rd Year Player Pos Team
4 1 1940 Banks McFadden B Brooklyn Dodgers
5 1 1979 Jerry Butler WR Buffalo Bills
6 1 1949 Bobby Gage QB Pittsburgh Steelers
6 1 1982 Jeff Bryant DT Seattle Seahawks
10 1 1983 Terry Kinard FS New York Giants
11 1 1989 Donnell Woolford CB Chicago Bears
12 1 1960 Lou Cordileone T New York Giants
13 2 1960 Harold Olson T Chicago Cardinals
15 1 1993 Wayne Simmons LB Green Bay Packers
15 1 1998 Anthony Simmons LB Seattle Seahawks
16 1 1992 Chester McGlockton DT Oakland Raiders
18 2 1957 Joel Wells B Green Bay Packers
19 1 1982 Perry Tuttle WR Buffalo Bills
20 1 1980 Jim Stuckey DT San Francisco 49ers

Clemson’s Highest Draft Choices In Any Sports

Year Name Sport Team #
1996 Kris Benson Baseball Pittsburgh Pirates 1
2001 Mark Lisi Soccer D.C. United 3
1940 Banks McFadden Football Brooklyn Dodgers 4
1996 Billy Koch Baseball Toronto Blue Jays 4
1979 Jerry Butler Football Buffalo Bills 5
1982 Jeff Bryant Football Seattle Seahawks 6
1994 Sharone Wright Basketball Philadelphia 76ers 6
1949 Bobby Gage Football Pittsburgh Steelers 6
2000 John Wilson Soccer Kansas City Wizards 9
2000 Alan Woods Soccer Colorado Rapids 10
1987 Horace Grant Basketball Chicago Bulls 10
1983 Terry Kinard Football New York Giants 10
1997 Matt Jordan Soccer Colorado 10
1997 Danny Care Soccer DC United 10