Clemson football players Travis Etienne and Isaiah Simmons were at the NFL Combine this past week. The experience will prove valuable for the two athletes.
This past weekend, both Travis Etienne and Isaiah Simmons missed Clemson football practice.
The two were over in Indianapolis visiting the 2019 NFL Combine. Etienne and Simmons were invited to attend the combine as part of a special program that allows collegiate players to visit the event.
They are given a general overview of what to expect and what a potential NFL player can expect to go through as they prepare for the draft and becoming a professional football player.
That experience, while it won’t be talked about very much, is going to prove to be invaluable for these two Tigers as they look to continue their career after college.
Both Simmons (redshirt junior) and Etienne (junior) have another year of eligibility after 2019, but I strongly believe that both of the guys will choose to go pro after this season.
Etienne and Simmons are potential first-round prospects in the 2020 NFL Draft. I’d expect them to have big years as leaders on the Clemson football team and both to finish as All-Americans and first-team All-ACC caliber players.
It will be interesting to see where these two fall once the early 2020 mock drafts begin being released. Honestly, I’d expect Etienne to be one of the top two running backs taken next year and I think Simmons has a chance to find a niche in that hybrid role.
In this modern NFL era, teams are looking for linebackers that have the ability to plug the run and cover wide receivers with great athleticism and physicality. More so than ever before, they are looking at linebacker speed and that’s something that Simmons possesses.
We’ll have more updates and analysis on both of these guys as the season progresses, so make sure you check back here on Rubbing the Rock.