Tigers Looking to the NFL Draft

Tony Pauline provides us with an indepth look at former Clemson stars Woody Dantzler, Javon Bush, Kyle Young, and Chad Carson. All four players could possibly see action in the NFL next season. Dantzler is projected as a 5th or 6th round selection.

Kyle Young Clemson 6-2|278|5.11 5Sr

STATS & BIO: Three-year starter that also played with the first unit as a red shirt sophomore. All-Conference selection the past two seasons and Academic All-American on several occasions in his college career.

THE GOOD: Heady lineman that translates his classroom intelligence onto the football field. Quick off the snap, plays with a wide base, forward lean and knee bend. Smart, effectively picks up stunts or blitzes and always looks to hit someone or help out his line-mates.

THE BAD: Keeps his feet moving in pass protection and blocks down well on opponents but overall stiff in his upper body, not strong at the point of attack and cannot finish his blocks. Overextends and does not move well in space nor is he effective blocking on the second level.

THE SKINNY: Lacks size potential and may be as good as he's going to get. Free Agent.

Chad Carson Clemson 6-2|230|4.81 4Sr

STATS & BIO: Both a second team All-Conference selection and All-Academic choice last year after leading the team in tackles totaling 126/4/3/1/3. All-Academic selection again as a junior when his numbers were 146/8/3/0/2 after totaling 144 tackles as a sophomore, his initial season with the first unit.

THE GOOD: Tough, heady linebacker lacking the pure athletic numbers for the next level. Quick reading both pass and running plays, displays a fluid change of direction and a competitor that gets involved in the action. Takes good angles to the ball carrier, relentless and plays with a high revving motor.

THE BAD: Displays adequate ability to move laterally but not fast, explosive and slow pursuing to the play. Also has difficulty getting off blocks once engaged with the opponent.

THE SKINNY: May be a useful backup and a special teams demon at the next level but minimal upside potential in his game. Free Agent.

Jovon Bush Clemson 6-4| 295|4.93 5Sr

STATS & BIO: First year starter that totaled 66/6/1 as a senior after backing up the prior three campaigns. Posted 20/1/0 and 20/4/4 as a junior and sophomore, respectively. Powerful weight room man who has benched-pressed close to 450 pounds and is one of the strongest defensive linemen in the Clemson program.

THE GOOD: Quick, athletic lineman that saw only limited playing action in the past. Displays a solid first step off the snap, plays low to the ground with leverage and has a closing burst of speed. Moves well laterally, can twist or stunt and makes plays up and down the line of scrimmage.

THE BAD: Works hard to get off blocks but rather easily knocked off balance at the point of attack, not effective using his hands and easily ridden out of his angle to the ball carrier. Does not translate his weight room strength onto the football field.

THE SKINNY: Has good size and growth potential which makes him a solid developmental prospect. Free Agent.

Woodrow Danzler Clemson 5-10/215/4.58 4Sr

STATS & BIO: College quarterback that saw extensive playing action both as a starter and backup since he was a true freshman. All-Conference selection as a senior leading the team in rushing with 206/1,004/4.9/10 and completed 60.5%/2,360/17/11 passing. Ground numbers were 172/947/5.5/13 as a junior with 57.5%/1,691/10/6 passing. Rushed for 588 yards and 4 scores as a sophomore.

THE GOOD: Nice sized athlete that must now change positions at the next level. At quarterback he is a mobile passer with the ability to get outside the pocket and effectively throw on the run. Solid footwork setting up to pass, displays a fluid delivery but does not sense pressure and did a lot of pumping and patting of the ball before getting it out of his hand, slowing his release. Elusive runner that cuts it back to avoid piles, sees the field and quick footed. Sets up defenders and makes them miss, but also strong breaking tackles to pick up yardage off initial contact.

THE BAD: Lacks a burst of speed and cannot run to daylight. Used as both a running back and punt returner at the Senior Bowl and though he improved as the week progressed, he still had a tough go of it. When lined up in the backfield he had a difficult time playing behind the fullback, seeing the field and was unable to play the freelance style of football he was accustomed to in college.

THE SKINNY: Good athlete with a large amount of upside potential but very raw and needs a lot of technical work. Mid Sixth Round.

Tony Pauline is a writer for TheInsiders.com NFL Site TFYDraftPreview.com.

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