No. 1: Brandon Thompson

Defensive tackle Brandon Thompson comes in at the top spot on the countdown of the top 25 players at Clemson.

1. DT Brandon Thompson Sr.
Aside from missing the very first game of his college career, Thompson has played in 39-straight games since arriving to Clemson in 2008.

THE RESUME: Initially it must be noted some consider Thompson among the top defensive tackle prospect for next spring's NFL Draft.

A 6-foot-2, 310-pound space eating defensive tackle, he's been fighting off double-teams for a good part of his Clemson career. It shouldn't be any different when Thompson takes the field this fall, especially with the departure of Jarvis Jenkins.

In 1,347 career snaps, Thompson has 131 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, 29 quarterback pressures nine pass breakups, three fumble recoveries and a forced fumble.

The man who's known as 'Yams' by his teammates, has played over-top of the center at points throughout his career. This fall, he could be playing more 0-technique than ever. He loves it.

Consistent performances while playing over top of the center will indicate of what he can do at the next level.

MOVING FORWARD: A preseason All-ACC selection, recently ranked Thompson as the No. 1 senior defensive tackle for the 2012 NFL Draft.

If there's a knock on Thompson, it's his lack of production as a pass rusher. His first sack came on Sept. 20, 2008 against S.C. State, the third game of his career. He didn't register another until Nov. 13, 2010 against Florida State.

Still, he's one powerful dude.

Thompson exited the spring second on the team in 225-pound bench press reps (36), squat lift (615), power clean (370). His total weight lifted (1,690) is third-best on the team. Top Stories