CUTrevor 2022-04-29 21:37:35

Andrew Booth finally goes No.42 overall to the Vikings! 10th pick of the 2nd round. They could have and should have drafted him with the last pick of the 1st round last night, but they took a corner from UGA instead. I'll bet everyone drafted ahead of Booth would have opted out of the Cheez-It bowl, but Booth did not!

We'll see if Ross goes tonight. There have already been a ton of WR's picked. I think if he had come back to Clemson for one more season, he could have been a 1st rounder next season. All the injuries he's had over the last couple seasons and his 40 time have hurt his stock.

CUTrevor 2022-04-29 22:36:03

CLEMSON, S.C. — The Minnesota Vikings made cornerback Andrew Booth Jr. the first Clemson product selected in the 2022 NFL Draft, picking the athletic defensive back in the second round (No. 42 overall) on Friday evening.


Booth’s selection at No. 42 gave Clemson at least one Top 50 pick in all but two drafts since 2006. He becomes the 17th Clemson defensive back drafted during Dabo Swinney’s head coaching tenure and the third drafted by the Vikings in that span.


“They are getting, first of all, a great person with a great spirit to him,” Swinney said. “[He is] a guy that loves to play. From a football standpoint, they’re getting a rare corner: long, explosive, fast, a physical tackler at the corner position, which is really not always the case, with great ball skills. Very instinctive guy, and I think a guy that helps the team right away.”


From 2019-21, Booth appeared in 35 career games at Clemson with 15 starts. He finished his collegiate career credited with 75 tackles (5.5 for loss), 10 pass breakups, five interceptions, a sack and a fumble recovery (which he returned 21 yards for a touchdown) in 981 defensive snaps. Last season, he earned first-team All-ACC honors as he and teammate Mario Goodrich comprised the first single-school duo to sweep both first-team All-ACC cornerback honors since 1997.


The 2022 NFL Draft will resume at noon ET Saturday with Rounds 4-7. 


Notes on the selection of Andrew Booth Jr.:

- Booth became the 70th player to have played for Head Coach Dabo Swinney to be drafted into the NFL, including the 11th second-round pick of Swinney’s tenure. 

- Booth became the 17th defensive back (and 10th cornerback) to be drafted in the Swinney era.

- Booth became the sixth defensive back under Swinney to be selected in the first two rounds of an NFL Draft, joining Marcus Gilchrist (2011, Round 2), Mackensie Alexander (Round 2, 2016), T.J. Green (Round 2, 2016), Trayvon Mullen (Round 2, 2019) and A.J. Terrell (Round 1, 2020).

- Booth gave Clemson at least one Top 50 pick in 15 of the last 17 NFL Drafts, dating to 2006. The only drafts in that span in which Clemson did not produce a Top 50 pick were in 2009 and 2018. 

- Booth was Clemson’s first selection in the 2022 NFL Draft, marking the fourth time in the last five drafts that Clemson’s defense has produced its first selection. A Clemson defender was the Tigers’ first selection in every draft from 2018-20 (LB Dorian O’Daniel in 2018, DE Clelin Ferrell in 2019, LB Isaiah Simmons in 2020) until QB Trevor Lawrence was selected first in the 2021 NFL Draft.

- Booth became the first cornerback to be Clemson’s first selection in a draft since 2006 when the St. Louis Rams selected Tye Hill with the No 15 overall selection. That was the second of consecutive drafts in which a corner was the first Clemson player off the board after the New York Jets made Justin Miller the first Clemson product selected in the 2005 NFL Draft. 

- Booth became the ninth Clemson player selected by the Vikings all-time, joining G Brian Butcher (1983), LB Edgar Pickett (1984), RB Terry Allen (1990), LB Ed McDaniel (1992), LB Ashley Sheppard (1993), LB Chris Jones (1999), CB Mackensie Alexander (2016) and S Jayron Kearse (2016). Each of the Vikings’ last six selections from Clemson has come from the defense, including the last three from the defensive backfield.

- Booth became Clemson’s first selection with the No. 42 overall pick all-time.

- Clemson has now produced a second-round pick in four consecutive drafts, its longest active streak in any round.

CUTrevor 2022-04-30 10:36:24

Ross was not drafted in the first 3 rounds. Hope it won't be too long before his name is called on Saturday! It's kind of nuts that the Tigers have had just one draft pick in the first 3 rounds while schools like Kentucky and Cincinnati have had multiple. But that just goes to show how much the Tigers have coming back next season!

In addition to Ross, the Tigers still have Goodrich, Turner, Spector and Skalski on the board. All of those guys should be drafted in my opinion, but a few of them may have to sign as free agents.

CUTrevor 2022-04-30 15:02:54

Wow, Ross and the others are still sitting there 7 picks into the 6th round! Whoever winds up with Ross is going to get an absolute steal. He has 1st round talent.

CUTrevor 2022-04-30 17:33:19

Spector drafted by the Bills with the 10th pick of the 7th round. I can't believe Ross still hasn't been picked! He's as talented as any receiver that was taken in the 1st round. Ironically, if he had been able to go pro after his performance against Bama as a freshman, he would have been a top-15 pick!

In retrospect, Ross definitely should have returned to Clemson. Could have been a 1st rounder next year.

CUTrevor 2022-04-30 19:15:46

CLEMSON, S.C. — The Buffalo Bills selected Clemson linebacker Baylon Spector in the seventh round (No. 231 overall) of the 2022 NFL Draft on Saturday.


Spector was a two-year starter at weakside linebacker from 2020-21 during his five-year Clemson tenure. The two-time All-ACC Academic team honoree played 53 games with 21 starts and finished his career credited with 210 tackles (22.0 for loss), 9.0 sacks, four forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, three pass breakups and an interception in 1,456 defensive snaps. 


“Baylon Spector, as you saw at the Combine, can really run. You don’t see many guys his size that can run like that,” Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney said. “Very athletic. Baylon is a true Will [linebacker] that can really cover and play on the edge but also can move in and play Mike. I think that he’s got outstanding Day 1 potential with his size, with his speed, with his experience, with his knowledge of the game, but also his ability to be a Day 1 starter on special teams on all core teams. Another graduate, a fifth-year player that has a ton of championship experience that he’ll bring with him.”


Along with the Vikings’ selection of cornerback Andrew Booth Jr. in the second round on Friday, Clemson’s newest additions to the NFL extended the Tigers’ streak of consecutive drafts with at least one selection to 20 since 2003, representing the second-longest streak in school history behind a 24-year streak across the 1951-74 NFL Drafts. Clemson has produced multiple selections in each draft in its active 20-year streak.


With Clemson’s pair of selections in the 2022 NFL Draft, Swinney pushed his career total for draft picks in his head coaching tenure to 71. His 71 draft picks produced are the second-most by any coach in the nation — active or inactive — since the 2009 NFL Draft. Swinney’s 17 defensive backs selected in that span also rank second nationally.


A number of Clemson standouts will now enter the priority free agent pool. Among the group is wide receiver Justyn Ross, whose remarkable comeback from injury earned him a share of the ACC’s 2021 Brian Piccolo Award given to the conference’s most courageous player(s). Ross finished his collegiate career with 2,379 yards and 20 touchdowns; only nine of the 28 wide receivers selected in the 2022 NFL Draft reached both the 2,000-yard and 20-touchdown marks for their careers. 


Notes on the selection of Baylon Spector:

- Spector became the 71st player to have played for Head Coach Dabo Swinney to be drafted into the NFL, including the sixth seventh-round pick of Swinney’s tenure. 

- Spector became the 30th Clemson linebacker selected in the Common Draft era and the sixth Clemson linebacker selected since 2015.

- Spector became the first Clemson linebacker to be selected in the seventh round since eventual All-Rookie selection Kavell Conner was selected by the Colts in the seventh round in the 2010 NFL Draft. Conner served as an unpaid coaching intern on Clemson’s staff last season and is now in a defensive player development role at Clemson.

- Spector became the second Clemson player ever to be selected with the No. 231 overall pick in an NFL Draft, joining LB O.J. Childress (Giants, 1999). The Houston Oilers selected T Ron Osborne with the No. 231 overall pick in the 1962 AFL Draft.

- Spector became the 13th player to be selected by the Bills in a professional draft, including two selections in the AFL Draft, one selection in the AFL Redshirt Draft and 10 selections in the NFL Draft. Previous Bills selections from Clemson include T Lou Cordileone (1960 AFL), T Harold Olson (1960 AFL), T John Boyette (1965 AFL Redshirt), WR Jerry Butler (1979), WR Perry Tuttle (1982), RB C.J. Spiller (2010), T Chris Hairston (2011), S Jonathan Meeks (2013), WR Sammy Watkins (2014), LB Tony Steward (2015), DE Shaq Lawson (2016) and WR Ray-Ray McCloud (2018).

- Spector’s selection following Andrew Booth’s selection on Friday represented the third time in four years that Clemson’s first two players selected in a draft have come from the defense. 

CUTrevor 2022-04-30 19:18:56

That wraps up the draft. Just 2 Tigers drafted. Ross, Goodrich, Skalski and Turner will all look to sign as free agents. Just wait until next year after the Tigers make the playoff again. The NFL will be back on the Clemson bandwagon like they were UGA this year!

CUTrevor 2022-04-30 20:25:13

Mario Goodrich has signed with the Eagles and Nolan Turner with the Bucs.

CUTrevor 2022-05-01 14:42:04

Skalski signs a deal with the Colts! Glad someone is giving him a chance. He was too damn good of a college player not to get one. The Tigers may not have lost a game in the last 4 years if not for Skalski being injured or ejected for targeting! I think they won every game he played a full 4 quarters from 2018 to the end of his career. That tells you how valuable he is!

CUTrevor 2022-05-01 23:38:44

Ross is still unsigned as of late Sunday night. I don't know if it's because there is much interest and he is negotiating the best deal with his agent or if there is really that much doubt about his injuries. I have to think it's the former because teams would be crazy not to take a chance on him for a few hundred thousand. This is a guy who would have been a top-15 pick if he had been allowed to go pro after his freshman year, and even after all the injuries and missing the combine, he was projected as a 4th rounder.

CUTrevor 2022-05-02 13:37:53

Ross signs with Chiefs! Lol Well maybe it was a blessing in disguise. At least he went to a great organization instead of the Jaguars, Jets or Lions! He's with a Super Bowl contender that has a great QB and offense that throws it all over the field.