In several articles recently and even one or two over the summer we’ve detailed the NFL Draft prospects of Clemson football players Bryan Bresee and Myles Murphy.
Murphy has already made his choice, he’s sitting out the Orange Bowl and readying for the draft and I understand why.
Bresee is practicing and scheduled to play in the Orange Bowl on December 30th against Tennessee, which many have taken to mean he plans on returning for 2023.
While that very well could be the case, there’s no guarantee as Bresee could show out in Miami Gardens and decide to enter the draft.
While I understand why and think it’s probably time for Murphy to move on to the NFL, Bresee finds himself in a much different situation.
After playing 432 snaps as a freshman in 2020, Bresee was limited to 4 games and 145 snaps in 2021 and 301 snaps in 11 games this season, giving him 878 snaps, plus whatever he accumulates in the Orange Bowl over 3 injury-plagued seasons.
While that sounds like a lot in the abstract, if you assume 50 snaps a game you’re looking at somewhere around 16 or 17 full games. That’s a very short career.
There’s also been some scuttlebutt that with Murphy leaving a hole at defensive end Bresee is a candidate to fill it, at least for the Orange Bowl.
We’ll see if that comes to pass, but it’s at least a thought.
Clemson football players Myles Murphy and Bryan Bresee are both projected to go in the top 15 of the NFL Draft, but their situations are very different
There’s also Bresee’s emotional state after dealing with the loss of his sister, Ella. We all know the NFL is a business and maybe Bresee just wants to be a college kid for another season, one free of injury (hopefully) and the darkness that surrounded his 2022 season.
Two players that came in the same year, both projected to be in the top 15 of the 2023 draft, with two very different situations and perhaps two different results.
Other Clemson News
Both Clemson Men’s Basketball and Clemson Women’s basketball are on extended breaks. The women’s next game is December 29th when they host Virginia Tech at 6 p.m. in Littlejohn Coliseum.
The men are off until December 30th, when they host North Carolina State at 4 p.m. on the ACC Network.
The women are 9-4 and 0-1 in the ACC, while the men are 10-3 and 2-0 in the the ACC.