Junior cornerback C.J. Gaddis is going through that same process right now. He said he has submitted his name to the NFL for the committees there to help determine where he might go in the upcoming draft.
"I'm in the process to see where the NFL thinks my
potential is," Gaddis said Tuesday after practice. "It
was all submitted last week and I thought I would good
ahead and do it, but I really haven?t had much thought
Junior offensive tackle Barry Richardson is likely the
only other junior on the team that has reason to
submit his name to the NFL committee.
Either way, Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden said he's
not worried about losing either one of them.
"I don't think we have any juniors that would be
close," Bowden said. "Barry is coming back. Do we have
any other guys? I don't think we have anybody like
Gaines last year that finished strong. I don?t think
we have anybody at that stature that will jump out at
"Last year Gaines was a hot guy and Barry has said he
is coming back. But there is not another guy that is
coming out. If there is, he will be crazy to come
For much of the season, Gaddis was listed as one of
top five juniors at his position by "NFL Draft Expert"
Mel Kiper, Jr.
However, by season's end Gaddis was off that list. But
Gaddis said one of the reason's he submitted his name
was because of where Kiper had him listed.
"I guess you can say that," Gaddis said. "I personally
don't have that much production to be evaluated that
high. Other people think otherwise, but it's a
blessing so I?m just going about it and seeing how
things go and how things turn out."
Gaddis said he expects to be a Clemson Tiger next
"I don't think that's an issue," he said. "First of
all, my family wants me to stay in school. I want to
stay in school so that's not a question. I don?t think
about budging one way or the other."
Adams and Waters both opted to return and they had
different results. Adams wound up making the right
choice. He's likely going to be drafted with one of
the first 10 picks and getting ready to be a
Waters may look back and regret his choice. He was
hurt in the first game of the season and lost for the
year. Some NFL scouts believe his stock has dropped
because of it.
These are all decisions Gaddis and Richardson will
have to weigh. He said he will talke to Adams and
Waters about the situation.
"Eventually I will and I will ask them because it will
definitely be good to get their advice," Gaddis said.
"As far as their experiences having anything to do
with me staying in school or not? No. I?m pretty sure
I will be in school next year."
Pickin' and a grinnin'
Music City Bowl officials were on hand today after
practice to present Bowden with a guitar. On one side
of the guitar was a Clemson logo, with the Music Bowl
logo on the other side.
Gaddis Feeling Out His Options
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