"That has been a pattern with our first round picks. Rod Gardner (2001) and Tye Hill (2006) probably could have turned pro early and been a middle round pick, but they came back for their senior year and it made a big difference.
"Gaines selection as the number-four pick in the NFL draft puts a cap on one of the greatest careers in Clemson football history. You have to go back to Banks McFadden in 1939 to find the
last time Clemson had a player chosen this high in the draft.
"He was also just the second unanimous All-American in Clemson history (Terry Kinard 1983). And, he graduated this past December. Good things happen to good people.
"When we signed him five years ago I thought he had a chance
to play professional football, but I didn't know he would be a
first-round draft choice, never mind being a top five NFL pick.
"It did not surprise me a bit that Tampa Bay selected him.
They did a lot of research and Monte Kiffin, one of the best
defensive coaches in the business, spent two days here in the spring."
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