A fifth-round draft choice out of Clemson in 2007 (159th overall), Gaddis decided to enter the NFL draft after his junior season in which he recorded two interceptions, two forced fumbles, and a half sack.
In his three-year career for the Tigers, Gaddis (5-11, 206) served time at both safety positions, cornerback, and strong side linebacker, recording 117 tackles, five interceptions, and four forced fumbles. Gaddis was originally recruited to Clemson as a quarterback before shifting to defense in 2004.
A 20th-round pick of the Seattle Mariners in 2003, Gaddis played in 19 games for Clemson as an outfielder and designated hitter before deciding to focus solely on his football career in 2004.
The 22-year-old Gaddis played quarterback at Hoke County High School in Raeford, NC, where he earned all-state honors and was named the conference MVP as a senior. C.J. is the son of Cal and Linda Gaddis. Cal is a retired sergeant first class (E-7) in the U.S. Army. A veteran of 20 years, Cal served in Operation Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia and in Operation Provide Promise in Kosovo.
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