Tigers in the NFL


2019 Draft Notes

  • Recorded six selections to give the program at least five picks in five of the last six drafts. Clemson is one of only three schools with five or more picks in at least five of the six most recent drafts (Alabama and Ohio State).
  • Has now placed 29 players in the NFL Draft over the last five years, tied with the 2013-17 drafts for the program’s most prolific five-year stretch since the NFL adopted the seven-round format in 1994.
  • Led the ACC with six selections in 2019, surpassing Miami (five), Boston College (four) and NC State (four) among conference programs with at least four selections.
  • Moved Head Coach Dabo Swinney into a tie for the second-most draft picks of any currently active head coach since his first full season in 2009 (57).
  • Produced three first-round picks for the first time in school history, surpassing the previous record of two, set in the 1979, 1982, 2015 and 2017 NFL Drafts.
  • Produced three players selected as defensive linemen from a single school in a single draft for the first time in NFL Draft history. (Note: In 2006, NC State’s Mario Williams, Manny Lawson and John McCargo went with the Nos. 1, 22 and 26 picks, respectively, though Lawson was officially submitted as a linebacker professionally.)
  • Had a school-record four defensive linemen selected, breaking the previous single-draft school record of three from 2016 (Shaq Lawson, Kevin Dodd and D.J. Reader).
  • Watches its entire starting defensive line from 2018 be drafted in the first four rounds in a span of the draft’s first 117 picks.
  • Joined NC State (2018), LSU (2013), Florida (2007), Wisconsin (2005), Miami (2003), Texas (1992), Miami (1990), Notre Dame (1972) and Grambling State (1970) as the only teams to produce four draft picks on the defensive line in a single draft in the Common Draft era (since 1967),
  • Pushed its total of defensive linemen selected in the Head Coach Dabo Swinney era (since the 2009 NFL Draft) to 17.
  • Has now had multiple defensive linemen selected five times in the last nine drafts (2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2019).
  • Produced three drafts picks for the Oakland Raiders in Clelin Ferrell, Trayvon Mullen and Hunter Renfrow, marking the Raiders’ first time selecting three players from the same school in a single draft in franchise history.
  • Watched teammates be selected by the same NFL team in a single draft for the 17th time, joining the 1946, 1951, 1955, 1959, 1960, 1968, 1970, 1972, 1979, 1983, 1991, 1998, 2003, 2015, 2016 and 2017 drafts.
  • Had three players selected by a single team in a single draft for only the second time, joining the New York Giants’ selections of Terry Kinard, Andy Headen and Frank Magwood in the famed 1983 NFL Draft.
  • Had two players (Ferrell and Mullen) selected by the same NFL team in the first two rounds of a draft for the first time in school history.
  • Was one of only three schools to produce three first-round picks in 2019 (Alabama and Mississippi State).
  • Had two players selected in the Top 15 for the first time in a single draft for the third time in school history, joining the 1960 (Lou Cordileone and Harold Olson) and 2017 NFL Drafts (Deshaun Watson and Mike Williams).
  • Matched its school record for picks in the first two rounds, tying the four selections in Rounds 1-2 in 2016 (Shaq Lawson, Kevin Dodd, Mackensie Alexander and T.J. Green). Clemson’s four defensive selections through the first two days of the draft (Rounds 1-3) were the most of any school in 2019.
  • Has now had at least one draft selection in each of the last 17 drafts since 2003, representing the second-longest streak in school history behind a 24-year streak across the 1951-74 NFL Drafts.
  • Has now had at least one first-round selection in six of the last seven NFL Drafts.
  • Produced five picks from its defense (Ferrell, Wilkins, Lawrence, Mullen and Bryant) prior to its first offensive selection (Renfrow). It marks only the third time in the Common Draft era Clemson has had the first five members of its draft class come from the defensive side of the ball, joining the 1999 and 2016 NFL Drafts, both of which featured defensive selections with the first six picks of their respective classes.

Deshaun Watson

QB, Houston Texans
12th Overall Pick
Years at Clemson 2014-16



Grady Jarrett

DT, Atlanta Falcons
Years at Clemson 2011-14




DeAndre Hopkins

WR, Houston Texans
Years at Clemson 2010-2012


Vic Beasley

OLB, Atlanta Falcons
Years at Clemson 2011-14





Sammy Watkins

WR, Kansas City Chiefs
Years at Clemson 2011-13




BJ Goodson

LB, New York Giants
Years at Clemson 2012-15




NO Name Team Pos Clemson
20 Mackensie Alexander Minnesota Vikings CB 2013-2015
58 Stephone Anthony New Orleans Saints LB 2011-2014
44 Vic Beasley Jr. Atlanta Falcons LB 2011-2014
21 Bashaud Breeland Kansas City Chiefs CB 2011-2013
18 Jaron Brown Seattle Seahawks WR 2009-2012
94 Austin Bryant Detroit Lions DE 2015-2018
17 Deon Cain Pittsburgh Steelers WR 2015-2017
38 Adam Choice Seattle Seahawks RB 2014-2018
99 Clelin Ferrell Oakland Raiders DE 2015-2018
32 Mark Fields Minnesota Vikings CB 2015-2018
22 Wayne Gallman Jr. New York Giants RB 2014-2016
93 B.J. Goodson Green Bay Packers LB 2012-2015
36 T.J. Green Carolina Panthers S 2013-2015
10 DeAndre Hopkins Houston Texans WR 2010-2012
76 Albert Huggins Philadelphia Eagles DT 2015-2018


NO Name Team Pos Clemson
10 Adam Humphries Tennessee Titans WR 2011-2014
65 Mitch Hyatt Dallas Cowboys OL 2015-2018
97 Grady Jarrett Atlanta Falcons DL 2011-2014
27 Jayron Kearse Minnesota Vikings S 2013-2015
97 Dexter Lawrence New York Giants DT 2016-2018
90 Shaq Lawson Buffalo Bills DE 2013-2015
87 Jordan Leggett Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE 2013-2016
14 Ray-Ray McCloud III Buffalo Bills WR 2015-2017
27 Trayvon Mullen Oakland Raiders CB 2016-2018
44 Dorian O’Daniel Kansas City Chiefs LB 2013-2017
N/A Charone Peake Jacksonville Jaguars WR 2011-2015
8 Bradley Pinion Tampa Bay Buccaneers P 2012-2014
98 D.J. Reader Houston Texans DT 2012-2015
13 Hunter Renfrow Oakland Raiders WR 2014-2018


NO Name Team Pos Clemson
10 Artavis Scott Indianapolis Colts WR 2014-2016
37 Coty Sensabaugh Washington Redskins CB 2008-2011
69 Tyler Shatley Jacksonville Jaguars OG 2010-2013
23 Cordrea Tankersley Miami Dolphins CB 2013-2016
70 Brandon Thomas Jacksonville Jaguars OL 2009-2013
87 Trevion Thompson Tennessee Titans WR 2013-2018
91 Carlos Watkins Houston Texans DE 2012-2016
14 Sammy Watkins Kansas City Chiefs WR 2011-2013
4 Deshaun Watson Houston Texans QB 2014-2016
94 Christian Wilkins Miami Dolphins DT 2015-2018
81 Mike Williams Los Angeles Chargers WR 2013-2016


NO Name Team Pos Clemson
29 Crezdon Butler BC Lions DB 2008-2010
25 Ryan Carter Montreal Alouettes CB 2008-2011
42 Kavell Conner Hamilton Tiger-Cats LB 2006-2009
4 Garry Peters BC Lions DB 2011-2014