'06 NFL Draft Watch: Clemson

Tommy Bowden and the Clemson Tigers enter the 2005 season with plenty of questions. The same can be said for the program's top NFL prospects. Several players on the team could make the move into the draft's first day or fall into the late rounds based on results from the upcoming campaign.

Scouting the ACC : C lemson 

Physically gifted, Charlie Whitehurst is a quarterback who beats opponents in a variety of ways.  Tough to stop when on his game, Whitehurst throws darts yet was besieged last year with inconsistency and outright bad decision making.  Whitehurst has all the tools NFL teams look for in a passer yet he must show major improvement in his play to be a top 75 selection.  After spending time at defensive end Bobby Williamson moves back to his natural position.  A nice sized athlete who does an adequate job as a blocker or pass catcher, Williamson presents himself as a potential number two tight end in the NFL.  

Defensive end Charles Bennett is a player who gets a lot of pressure up the field, disrupting the action.  Keeping his pads low to the ground, Bennett immediately alters his angle of attack, making plays laterally.  Bennett is handled at the point of attack by opponents and has size limitations.  He could end up standing over tight end at the next level in a 34 defense.  Cornerback Tye Hill had an excellent season last year playing opposite Justin Miller, the New York Jets second round pick.  Effective in man coverage, Hill has a quick burst of closing speed and effectively positions himself to defend the throw.  Staying with assignments he displays potential in zone coverage and consistently has quarterbacks throwing away from him.  Don't be surprised if Hill is selected earlier in April's draft then Miller was four months ago.  Senior safety Jamaal Fudge is a solid run defending defensive back best in a straight line.  Struggling in man-to-man coverage, he has potential in a two deep zone system.

Prospect List

Name Pos # Yr
Charles Bennett DE 86 5Sr
Jamaal Fudge S 24 5Sr
Tye Hill CB 8 5Sr
Charlie Whitehurst QB 6 5Sr
Bobby Williamson TE 81 5Sr

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