Jarret, Pinion and Steward all drafted

Three more Tigers were selected in the 2015 NFL draft Saturday. Defensive tackle Grady Jarrett, punter Bradley Pinion and linebacker Tony Steward were selected on Day 3 of the draft that was held in Chicago, Ill.

On Thursday night, Clemson had two first-round selections. Vic Beasley was the No. 8 pick of the draft by the Atlanta Falcons and Stephone Anthony was the No. 31 pick of the first round by the New Orleans Saints. It marked the first time since the 1982 draft that Clemson had two first-round draft selections and just the third time in history (1979 was the other year). It was the first time Clemson had two defensive players taken in the first round as well.

Five Tigers were drafted overall, the seventh consecutive year Clemson has had 4+ players selected. Clemson is the only school in the ACC that can boast that accomplishment. Clemson’s five selections tied for 10th most in the nation and its four defensive players tied for second most. Only Louisville (6) had more defensive players drafted than Clemson.

Jarrett was the first selection of the fifth round, the 137th player selected overall, by the Atlanta Falcons. The First-Team All-ACC Tiger joins teammate Vic Beasley with Atlanta. Former Tiger Malliciah Goodman will be in his third year on the Falcons' defensive line in 2015.

Like Beasley, Jarrett is a native of Georgia (Conyers) and was a big reason Clemson led the nation in total defense in 2014. Jarrett finished the season with 73 tackles, including 10 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. He started all 13 games in 2014 and made 37 starts in his career.

A fifth-round selection by the San Francisco 49ers, Pinion was the first kicker selected in this draft and the first Clemson kicker drafted since 1991 when Chris Gardocki was a third-round selection by the Chicago Bears. Pinion, who was a junior in 2014, handled the punting and kickoff chores for Clemson in 2014. He averaged 42.6 yards per punt and had a school-record 28 punts inside the 20. In terms of kickoffs, he had 36 touchbacks on 74 kickoffs.

Steward was selected in the sixth round by Buffalo. The native of Hastings, Fla. did not become a starter until 2014, as he was injured a good portion of his career. He was Clemson’s Special Teams Player-of-the-Year in 2012 and 2013. But in 2014, he was Clemson’s third-leading tackler with 73, the same total Jarrett had. Steward also had 10 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks and a team-high 13 quarterback pressures. It was the fifth time in the last six years the Bills drafted a Tiger.

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