2010 pro prospect breakdown

Scout.com NFL Draft Analyst Chris Steuber takes a look at the Clemson players from the defensive side of the ball who could be selected in this April's NFL Draft.

In his most recent mock draft, Steuber rates Ricky Sapp as the second highest draft pick from Clemson, going to the Kansas City Chiefs in the second round.

"Sapp is a tremendously gifted athlete who has the potential to be a dominant pass rusher at the next level," Steuber said.

During his senior season, Sapp had team-highs with five sacks and 15 tackles for loss. Before the start of his senior campaign, he was fourth among active ACC players in career tackles for loss (26) and fourth among active players in career sacks (11).

Sapp projects as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme, though he played defensive end for the Tigers.

"He has an elite frame, but lacks ideal bulk to disengage from the opposition to make a consistent push off the edge," Steuber said. "He has fluid hips and changes direction with ease. He's able to track down the ball carrier from behind with his quickness.

"He's quick off the snap and causes problems for slow-footed tackles and poor technicians. He has to improve in double team situations and improve his upper-body strength."

Along with Jacoby Ford, Sapp has been selected to play in the Senior Bowl, which is set for Jan. 30 in Mobile, Ala.

Since 1950, the Senior Bowl has brought college football's best seniors together for an exhibition game. The first game was played in Jacksonville, Fla., but was moved to Mobile, where it's been played every since.

Teams representing the North and South are coached by staffs from two NFL teams with NFL personnel attending practices throughout the week.

Since 2007, Under Armour has been the game's title sponsor. That year, the game was almost moved to the NFL Network from ESPN.

Steuber projects Crezdon Butler to be selected as early as the seventh round, or to be signed as an undrafted free-agent. His future in the NFL looks to be at nickel back.

During his senior season, Butler had just one interception, finishing with 11 for his career.

"He is an experienced, productive cornerback who has upside, but isn't a physical defender," Steuber said. "He has a nice frame, but lacks bulk. He transitions well with receivers and has good instincts and awareness in coverage."

Prior to his final season at Clemson, Butler was third in school with 196 interception return yards.

"He has great ball skills and playmaking ability, but has a tendency to lose focus and give up a big play," Steuber said.

Like his counterpart at corner, Chris Chancellor is projected as a seventh round pick or an undrafted free-agent whose future is at nickel back.

"He is an experienced, undersized defender who has excellent quickness and instincts, but his size will be an issue at the next level," Steuber said.

Despite Chancellor's size, Steuber likes that he makes up for it with effort.

"Even though he's small, Chancellor makes a solid effort against the run and isn't afraid of contact," Steuber said. "He's a great athlete and can defend big and small receivers. He has great hands and awareness and does a good job of locating the ball."

Chancellor had eight interceptions heading into the season, but had one pick as a senior.

He'll play in the 85th East-West Shrine Game with Clemson teammates Thomas Austin this weekend at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando.

Every year since 1925, the East-West Game has been played to raise funds for Shriners Hospitals for Children and to raise awareness about the expert orthopedic, burn, spinal cord injury rehabilitation, and cleft lip and palate care, available at no charge to patients and families, through the 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children.

The game is scheduled to kickoff at 3 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN2.

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