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Vic Beasley, Stephone Anthony Both Taken In First Round Of NFL Draft

BIG NIGHT FOR CLEMSON … || By FITSNEWS ||  Clemson University saw two of its defensive stars taken in the first round of the NFL draft in Chicago, Illinois this week.  Standout defensive end Vic Beasley – the ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 2014 – was chosen No. 8…

BIG NIGHT FOR CLEMSON …

|| By FITSNEWS ||  Clemson University saw two of its defensive stars taken in the first round of the NFL draft in Chicago, Illinois this week.  Standout defensive end Vic Beasley – the ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 2014 – was chosen No. 8 overall by the Atlanta Falcons, while linebacker Stephone Anthony was selected with the 31st pick of the draft by the New Orleans Saints.

“Vic called his shot,” Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney said.  “When I  saw him … he had a red and white suit on.  I asked him about wearing those colors and he said they are the colors of the Atlanta Falcons.  That is where he wanted to go and where he thought he would go.”

An Adairsville, Georgia native, the back-to-back All-American had an amazing NFL combine performance in 2015 – silencing his critics (including us).

Anthony – Clemson’s leading tackler in 2014 – was a first-team All-ACC performer with ninety total stops (including 10.5 tackles for loss).

Clemson has seen two players selected in the first round of the NFL draft on two previous occasions.  Following the school’s 1981 national championship, defensive tackle Jeff Bryant and wide receiver Perry Tuttle both went in the first round.  Three years earlier, wide receiver Jerry Butler was taken by the Buffalo Bills and quarterback Steve Fuller was chosen by the Kansas City Chiefs.

Clemson has had a first round selection in each of the last three drafts (Beasley and Anthony in 2015, wide receiver Sammy Watkins in 2014 and wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins in 2013).

In other draft news, Heisman trophy-winning quarterbacks Jameis Winston of Florida State and Marcus Mariota of Oregon were selected first and second overall, respectively, with Winston going to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Mariotta going to the Tennessee Titans.

Beasley and Anthony will obviously be missed in Tigertown this season, but Clemson recruiting has been on a roll … far outpacing the talent level brought in by in-state arch rival, The University of South Carolina.

Last year, Gamecocks’ defensive end Jadeveon Clowney was taken with the first pick of the draft – although his first season with the Houston Texans was a wash due to nagging knee problems.  Clowney underwent a risky microfracture procedure last December in the hopes he will be ready to play in 2015.

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17 comments

fc May 1, 2015 at 8:48 am

Do they play football at Clemson?

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Squishy123 May 1, 2015 at 8:53 am

I hear football sucks at Clemson because they play in that lowly ACC conference and they allow cheerleaders to coach the team.

BTW – I didn’t see any of the draft, where did those high ranking SEC Conference USCe Gamecock players go? I’m guessing at least double the number of Gamecock players went to Clemson’s two.

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#soybeanwind May 1, 2015 at 12:01 pm

Spoken like a true tater who won’t admit he’s a Clemson fan when they lose 5 years in a row (pussy123), but sticks his chest out and says “I bleed orange” when they finally win again (redneck123). Your first paragraph is correct. Your simple, second paragraph, well, you watched this past season (b/c you pay more attention to The USC than most Gamecocks b/c you are infatuated) and know that there was no first round talent on that team. Congrats to Vic Beasley, he deserves it. Now go ahead and be a big man and question Clowney (last year’s overall #1 pick) and call him a pussy. It’s the only (pathetic) way you can rationalize the fact he never lost to the Tigers.

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Squishy123 May 1, 2015 at 6:09 pm

You have at least one run-on sentence in that post.

So what you’re saying is I’m acting like the typical USCe fairweather fan?

I work at USCe, I’ve been to Clemson twice in my life. So it goes that I would be more familiar with SUCe.

Where would I find Clowney (so far last year’s overall #1 bust)? I could go by the Texas stadium, but it’s doubtful that he’s there.

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Lamecock fan May 1, 2015 at 2:45 pm

What high ranking USCminor players?

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cap'n crunch May 1, 2015 at 9:38 am

The ACC is a buncha no talents other than 9 first round picks which tied the PAC 10 and beat the SEC by two.

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GTFO May 1, 2015 at 10:14 am

But where were all the Sakerlina first round picks last night……..

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Black Eye'd Buckeyes May 1, 2015 at 10:20 am Reply
IPTAY May 1, 2015 at 8:55 am

I Plant Taters Av’ry Year

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Cluck Femson May 1, 2015 at 9:04 am

Tradition, tradition everywhere: Riggs came to tater town via the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Alabama (later renamed Auburn), he borrowed ideas from their team colors, orange and purple, and their mascot, the Tiger.

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E Norma Scok May 1, 2015 at 11:55 am

And USCe got their opening of fire extinguishers and Also Sprach Zarathustra (you know…2001) from Elvis.
I still haven’t figured who the chicken in the cage stomping on cockroaches came from. Or really, even what it is.

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Cluck Femson May 1, 2015 at 12:28 pm

General Thomas Sumter
(The Fighting Gamecock) > “Pitchfork” Ben Tillman

I left out masturbating Howards Rock before every game, occasionally ol’ soybeanwind takes a liking to it a gives it a blowjob.

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jimlewisowb May 1, 2015 at 9:08 am

“Clowney…..hopes he will be ready to play in 2015…”

Right, I hope to win the lottery and wake up to find Kate Upton sitting on my chest

The dude will take the field one more time, play two downs, retreat to the locker room, go back home and open a Popeye’s

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a face in the crowd May 1, 2015 at 12:54 pm

It was a good night for the players and the program. Unfortunately, if you looked at the CU sports sites, it was nothing but typical crybaby antics about ESPN not giving enough credit to the program and the players drafted.

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CNSYD May 1, 2015 at 12:58 pm

The big news from dumb face would have been if he had praised CU sports sites. Thus his statements above are his usual drivel.

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dabo is like Edamame farts May 3, 2015 at 9:53 am

Its funny, in the end SEC had the most draft picks over all, and USC also ended up with the same number of picks Clemson had, but all the Tater fans will say Clemsux is better because their draft picks were higher. Well then you just admitted by your own reasoning that Clowney is always going to be better since he went #1 overall, and to disagree with that point causes your own argument to collapse on itself. Im guessing most don’t understand logic so they wont ever understand that. #soybeanwind

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