Eason Projected in the 3rd Round

Nick Eason, an outstanding defensive tackle prospect that's called his Clemson his home in each of the last four seasons, is now making his way towards the National Football League. Eason is projected as a third round draft pick in the upcoming NFL draft this April.

"At one point in time Nick Eason looked like a dominant prospect as this terrific athlete destroyed opponents from both his defensive end and defensive tackle positions," notes NFL draft expert Tony Pauline.

"However, injuries began to mount for Eason, slowing his progress and he's never met the expectations placed on him after the 2000 campaign."

Complete Scouting Report
The Good: Solid athlete whose football development has been slowed by injuries. Possesses a great first step off the snap of the ball and very quick, plays with forward lean, balance and redirects well. Immediately alters his angle of attack, stays on his feet and works to get involved in the play. Used at both tackle and end.

The Bad: Tends to get tall, slow shedding blocks and not quick to recognize the action.

The Skinny: Inability to stay healthy will send up red-flags but a solid player for the next level if he can stay on his feet.

Projected Draft Pick: Early-Mid 3rd Round

2002: Eason had 62 tackles, including seven sacks and nine total tackles for loss this year, a key reason Clemson showed great improvement defensively. His seven sacks were the most by a Clemson defensive tackle since current All-Pro Trevor Pryce had 7.5 in 1996.

2001: Injury plagued season yet started eleven games totaling 37/7/0.

2000: Clemson's defensive MVP posting 36/11/7. Suffered a torn achilles tendon in practice preparing for the Gator Bowl.

1999: Started the first game of the season then came off the bench the rest of the season totaling 5/0/1.

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