Clemson football: Tigers could break Alabama’s record for first-rounders

The Clemson football program has an opportunity in the near future to break a record tied by the Alabama Crimson Tide in this 2021 NFL Draft.

During the first-round of the draft this past Thursday, the Crimson Tide saw six players selected. That number was tied for the most ever with the Miami Hurricanes.

While it’s not very likely that many programs break that number, it’s always possible.

As we look forward to future NFL Drafts, it could be Clemson football who pinpoints the next big number of first-rounders

We’re not talking about the 2022 NFL Draft (next spring), but there should be a discussion about the 2023 NFL Draft.

While it’s too early to know what the draft will truly look like yet, Clemson is going to have quite the amount of star-power there at the top of the event.

The Tigers will have four players who are almost guaranteed-locks for the first-round in 2023, if they choose to come out:

  • D.J. Uiagalelei
  • Bryan Bresee
  • Myles Murphy
  • Trenton Simpson

Then, in addition to those guys, you have a plethora of other players who will be eligible for this draft and could be taken in the first-round depending on their development:

  • E.J. Williams (if he doesn’t leave after his junior season)
  • Walker Parks
  • Malcolm Greene
  • Fred Davis

The first four guys- in my opinion- seem like a lock to be first-rounders in the 2023 NFL Draft, barring something unforeseen like an injury.

That means Clemson football would only need to have two more go in the first-round to tie the record and three would set a new record.

Is it going to happen? That remains to be seen, but we have to at least acknowledge the real possibility that it could come to fruition before it’s all said and done.