Present and future: DE

In the first edition of our present and future series, we take a look at how the 2012 defensive end depth chart breaks down and review the targets for 2013.

Defensive End

The Clemson defensive end group is thin on experience as the Tigers head into the 2012 season. Malliciah Goodman has more years of playing experience than the other three on the two-deep depth chart have combined.

Goodman's the only senior, so he'll be out the door by the time the 2013 signees enroll. Listed behind him on the post-spring depth chart is Roderick Byers, who's coming off a redshirt freshman season.

Corey Crawford will start opposite of Malliciah Goodman this fall.
Sophomore Corey Crawford is second among Clemson defensive ends with 252 career snaps. Though we're not suggesting that he would or that he should, Crawford will be eligible to turn pro after this season. It's highly unlikely that it will even be an option next January.

After Goodman, Crawford's next in the recent run of high-level defensive ends at Clemson.

Backing him up is Victor Beasley, a redshirt sophomore who's bounced around to a couple of different positions at Clemson. And it appears that Beasley may have found a home at defensive end. Heading into the summer, he's defensive end No. 3.

Early enrolled freshman Kevin Dodd isn't on the depth chart, but he could work his way into playing time as the No. 5 option this fall. He was at Hargrave Military Academy for a post-graduate season last fall.

Fellow 2013 signees Shaquille Lawson and Martin Aiken will compete with Dood and Byers for the fourth and fifth spots on the depth chart.

Notable options for 2013

Robert Nkemdiche
The No. 1 overall player in the 2013 class, Clemson, along with every other program in the country, would love to add Nkemdiche.

Nkemdiche, whose size and athleticism is comparable to former Clemson defensive end DaQuan Bowers, is looking at Clemson, LSU, Alabama, Ole Miss and Georgia.

Isaac Rochell
Listed by as the No. 9 defensive end in the class of 2013, Rochell could play either defensive end or offensive tackle at the next level. Clemson, like most everyone else, has Rochell down as a defensive end.

Robert Nkemdiche is everybody's No. 1.
Recruited to Clemson by position coach Marion Hobby, Rochell shares a tight connection with the Tigers' second-year assistant. Though Notre Dame is the most recently named leader, Clemson is firmly in the mix. Florida and Florida State are also under consideration.

Dane Rogers
This situation is pretty cut and dry.

As long as Florida doesn't offer, Rogers is Clemson's to lose. His cousin, Carlos Watkins, signed with the Tigers in 2012.

If the Gators do offer, Rogers could join former Crest teammates Jonathan Bullard and Rhaheim Ledbetter in Gainesville.

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