On the final day of the NFL draft, a few more Tigers heard their names called. In the fourth round, the Clemson University-Vegas Campus (or ClemSin City as Nick Tully brilliantly dubbed it) added another member.
ClemSin City— Clemson Pawcast (@ClemsonPawcast) April 25, 2020
Offensive Guard John Simpson was selected with the 109th pick to the Raiders. The Raiders gave up a 5th round pick to move up 12 spots for Simpson. While he isn’t expected to start as a rookie, Silver & Black Pride, calls him “the future” at RG for the Raiders.
He joins Tanner Muse, who was taken by the Raiders in the third round, as well as Clelin Ferrell, Trayvon Mullen, and Hunter Renfrow who were already on the team. Coach John Gruden continues to show his love for Clemson! If you recall, Gruden previously expressed his desire to coach the 2013 Clemson receiver corps while calling the 2014 Orange Bowl win over Ohio State and delivered this great moment from last season’s edition of Hard Knocks.
Simpson will be a great player for Las Vegas, and also has a great personality, as we all remember his ACC Media Day stunt with a Trevor Lawrence wig.
Later in the fourth round at pick 127, the Eagles selected Clemson safety K’Von Wallace. K’Von seems extremely thrilled to be Philly bound.
Philly fans should also be happy as Clemson safeties have a good track record in the city of brotherly love. Brian Dawkins had a Hall of Fame career mostly with the Eagles. It also just so happens that Dawkins’s son, current Clemson defensive back Brian Dawkins Jr, was actually K’Von’s roommate at Clemson. While Wallace won’t be expected to start, playing time should be available as veteran safety Malcolm Jenkins is departing. It certainly seems like the Eagles will be an outstanding fit for K’Von.
The final Tiger to get drafted was offensive tackle Tremayne Anchrum Jr. The Los Angeles Rams selected him with pick #250 in the seventh round. For Anchrum, going to LA is a bit of a family tradition, as his father, Tremayne Anchrum Sr. played basketball for (the real) USC from 1992 through 1996. Anchrum Sr. was quite a stud for the Trojans, as he led the team in rebounds as a sophomore and 3-pointers as a junior.
Now that the draft has ended, many Tigers will still be waiting to hear about joining NFL clubs as Undrafted Free Agents. So far, a pair of Clemson transfers have received UDFA calls. Running back Tavien Feaster, who infamously chose to finish his career at South Carolina, has a UDFA tryout with the Jaguars.
Additionally, Defensive tackle Sterling Johnson, who finished his collegiate career in the teal and black of Coastal Carolina is getting a shot with the New York Jets.
The Jets are signing UDFA DT Sterling Johnson pic.twitter.com/eaZiMA5leI— NewJetNation (@nation_jet) April 25, 2020
Overall, the draft went about as well as any could have expected for the Clemson alumni in the process. In addition to the three players taken on the final day of the NFL draft, four players were taken on the first two days. That started with Isaiah Simmons, who seemed poised to go to the Panthers with the 7th pick. The Panthers again avoided drafting a Clemson Tiger, instead opting for Auburn Tiger Derrick Brown. Fortunately, he would slip no further as the Cardinals selected him with the very next pick. He’ll join Nuk Hopkins in Arizona.
AJ Terrell benefitted from being part of a weak draft class at the CB position. Elite CB Jeffrey Okudah from Ohio State (3rd to Detroit) and consensus #2 CB CJ Henderson from Florida (9th to Jacksonville) were off the board by the time Atlanta’s first round pick (16) came up. With their offseason release of CB Desmond Trufant, they didn’t want to wait past the pick for a cornerback and he was best CB available so they selected Terrell, an Atlanta-native.
WR Tee Higgins seemed at risk of falling further than expected after the first round saw Jalen Reagor (TCU) and Brandon Alyuk (Az St.) taken ahead of him, but the Bengals took him with the first pick of the second round (33rd overall). He’ll be paired with recent nemesis QB Joe Burrow. He’ll also be playing alongside his favorite player growing up, AJ Green.
Tanner Muse, as previously mentioned, joined the Las Vegas Raiders after being selected with the #100 pick in the third round. His speed and experience on special teams likely played a big role in the pick as he’ll take some time to transition from safety to linebacker, where he is expected to play for the Raiders.
Tigers in the Draft
- Isaiah Simmon, LB (1 Rnd, 8)
- AJ Terrell, CB (1 Rnd, 16)
- Tee Higgins, WR (2 Rnd, 33)
- Tanner Muse, S/LB (3 Rnd, 100)
- John Simpson, OG (4 Rnd, 109)
- K’Von Wallace, S (4 Rnd, 127)
- Tremayne Anchrum (7 Rnd, 250)