Chris Trapasso of CBS Sports has released an early projection of the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. While it’s difficult to project at which spots NFL teams will be picking less than halfway through their season, Trapasso’s selections show he clearly thinks highly of Clemson.
Trapasso projects that four Clemson players will be drafted in the first round, including three from the Tigers’ ferocious defense.
Clemson is the only school with four players projected to go in the first round by Trapasso. Six other schools have at least two projected first-round picks, and Alabama and Oklahoma have three apiece.
The Tigers projected to go in the first round are:
- Offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt, Pick #10: Trapasso has Hyatt ending up with the Bengals, and he ranks Hyatt so highly in part due to Hyatt’s experience in big games. Hyatt, a junior, has played in two ACC Championship games and two national title games in his first two seasons. As for Hyatt’s physical ability, Trapasso writes,”Hyatt possesses the feet of a guard and the power and technique of an offensive tackle.”
- Defensive end Austin Bryant, Pick #26: Trapasso projects Bryant, who is currently tied for third in the country with 11 tackles for loss this season, to reinforce the Patriots’ defensive front. Trapasso praises Bryant’s aggressiveness and versatility and said he should be able to contribute right away because he “won’t need a year to gain strength or add weight.”
- Defensive tackle Christian Wilkins, Pick #28: Trapasso has Wilkins joining former Tigers Vic Beasley and Grady Jerrett on the Falcons’ defense. Trapasso believes Wilkins would supplement the Falcons’ rushing defense and compliment Jarrett well because of his “block-eating ability.”
- Linebacker Kendall Joseph, Pick #28: Trapasso projects Joseph to join the Eagles’ defense, where Trapasso believes Joseph would accumulate “a ridiculous amount of tackles” playing behind Philadelphia’s talented defensive line.
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