It’s highly anticipated that Clemson football will field one of the top defenses in the nation this season and, according to one NFL analyst, the Tigers will put three of the top ten NFL draft picks on that side of the ball when the Tigers kick off Monday night against Georgia Tech in Atlanta.
Coming in at number six on the list is linebacker Trenton Simpson, who the author sees as physically impressive and fluid, with closing speed. Hearing that description makes me even more ready for Monday night to get here.
Right behind Simpson at number 7 is defensive tackle Bryan Bresee, who’s coming off ACL surgery, who’s tapped for his explosiveness and brute strength. There’s some things to work on, but Bresee could be selected in the top half of the first round next April, assuming a healthy and effective season in 2022.
Defensive end Myles Murphy comes in at number ten on the list and according to the author he has an NFL body with the strength to be a true force that creates movement with a powerful attack that can handle double teams.
NFL talent doesn’t always equal wins, but the sheer amount of top end talent amassed on the Clemson football defense has to be a comforting thought to Tigers fans
Further down the list is the third Clemson defensive lineman in the top 50, in Tyler Davis. Davis is seen as a second day pick that’s tough to square up and has the ability to chase plays down.
The list is top heavy with defenders (29 of 50 are defensive players) and is obviously one man’s opinion, but it shows you the NFL talent that is on the defensive side of the ball for Clemson this season.
NFL talent doesn’t always equal wins in college football, but the sheer amount of top end talent amassed at Clemson has to be a comforting thought to Tiger fans who are worried about an offense that wasn’t very good last year and has plenty of question marks entering this year.