CLEMSON – It’s too simplistic – and actually inaccurate – to say Clemson’s sending an entire defensive line to the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis later this month.
Yes, there will be four linemen strutting their stuff and interviewing for jobs. But the breakdown is defensive tackle Grady Jarrett and three defensive ends, which doesn’t fit the traditional lineup.
The Tigers are sending a backup defensive end, along with both starters, to the zoo at Lucas Oil Stadium. That’s how deep Clemson’s front was this year, further punctuating the program’s second No. 1-ranked defense in school history.
Vic Beasley, Corey Crawford and Tavaris Barnes join Jarrett in Indianapolis Feb. 17-23. So do linebacker Stephone Anthony and cornerback Garry Peters, giving Clemson a nation-high six defensive representatives at the Combine, which will be televised by NFL Network.
Punter Bradley Pinion, Clemson’s lone declaring underclassman this year, rounds out Clemson’s class in Indy. Left out were safety Robert Smith, linebacker Tony Steward, defensive tackle DeShawn Williams and all offensive players, including quarterback Cole Stoudt and receiver Adam Humphries, who are each training this winter.
The Tigers had five Combine invitees last year, led by eventual No. 4 overall pick Sammy Watkins, mid-rounders Brandon Thomas, Bashaud Breeland and Martavis Bryant and sixth-round quarterback Tajh Boyd.
South Carolina is sending five players to the 2015 Combine, equaling last year’s total, and four of the five aided the Gamecocks’ top offensive season ever. Running back Mike Davis, offensive guard A.J. Cann, offensive tackle Corey Robinson, tight end Busta Anderson and defensive tackle J.T. Surratt will be on hand.