Ruke Orhorhoro will be the next Clemson DT to get his shot on Sundays
Last year, Clemson saw Bryan Bresee drafted in the first round by the New Orleans Saints. He was the latest in a string of Clemson defensive tackles to be selected early in the Draft.
This year, we will add Ruke Orhorhoro to that list. However, he won't be a night-one pick like so many other Clemson tackles have been.
The former 3-star recruit saw action in 12 games as a fifth-year senior in 2023 and played 409 snaps. He came up with 25 tackles including 5 sacks and 8 tackles for loss, numbers that will intrigue some NFL Scouts.
At 6-foot-4, 290 pounds, he might need to either drop some weight to play more of a five-technique and really be explosive enough to rush the passer or he might need to bulk up to play the three-technique on Sundays. That will, of course, be determined by the scheme of the team that takes him.
Though he isn't the heaviest DT on the board, he is very strong for his size. He should be able to do battle with NFL linemen, especially after he spends time in an NFL weight room.
Like Trotter Jr., he has a great motor and doesn't give up on plays. That will endear him to NFL teams as well.
On the other hand, his wingspan is below average for his height and that could scare some teams off. He is also raw when it comes to the technical aspects of rushing the passer, something that he will have to learn at the next level.
Right now, Orhorhoro projects as a third-round pick. That could make him a steal if he develops into a pass-rushing defensive tackle in the NFL however, he does have plenty of developmental work to do to get to that point.