Their selection gives the Tigers six total players drafted over the three-day process, tied for the third most selections in a draft in Clemson history.
Clemson had 10 players chosen in 1983 and had eight taken in 1991 and
those are the only years Clemson has had more than six in a single
draft. It is he seventh time Clemson has had exactly six players
selected and the first time since the 1999 draft.
Clemson's six selections ranked in a tie for fifth best in the nation.
North Carolina and Southern California led the nation with nine apiece
and Miami was third with eight and Nebraska was fourth with seven.
Clemson, LSU, Iowa, and Georgia all had six selections.
Four of Clemson's six selections were defensive players. It is tied
for the second most defensive players in one draft from Clemson in
school history. Clemson had six defensive players taken in the 1999 NFL
draft and that is the record.
Five of the six selections came over the first four rounds and it marks
just the second time Clemson has had five players taken in the first
four rounds. The only other time was at the 1991 draft.
Hairston was taken in the fourth round by the Buffalo Bills, the second
year in a row the Bills have taken a player from Clemson. Last year,
the Bills took C.J. Spiller in the first round with the ninth overall
pick. Prior to last year the Bills had not taken a player from Clemson
since 1982 (Perry Tuttle).
Harper also went in the fourth round to the Tennessee Titans. Harper is
just the second Clemson player taken by Tennessee since 1989. Keith
Adams (2001) was the only other Tiger taken by the Tigers in the last 22
years. With Harper's selection, Clemson has had a running back drafted
in each of the last three years. James Davis was drafted by Cleveland in
2009 and Spiller was taken by Buffalo last year.
With the selection of Maxwell on Saturday, 10 member of Clemson's 2008
defense have now been drafted. Dorell Scott, Mike Hamlin and Chris
Clemons were drafted in April of 2009, Ricky Sapp, Crezdon Butler and
Kavell Conner were taken in 2010 and Jarvis Jenkins, Marcus Gilchrist,
Da'Quan Bowers, and Byron Maxwell were all taken this year for a total
of 10. Freshmen on that team could be drafted next year and could add
to that total.
Six Tigers selected in 2011 NFL Draft
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