Five Clemson players selected in NFL Draft
C.J. Spiller became the first Clemson Tiger since Gaines Adams selected in the top ten of the NFL Draft, and four of his teammates were taken after him.
In an unexpected move, the Buffalo Bills took Spiller with the ninth overall pick. The Bills had no apparent need for a running back, as they were already pretty deep at the position with Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch. Spiller, however, brings a skill set that is different from and more dynamic than either of these players.
After Spiller, 98 picks passed before another Tiger was selected.
The second was Jacoby Ford, drafted No. 108 (fourth round) to the Oakland Raiders. Ford will provide a speedy target for newly acquired quarterback Jason Campbell.
Clemson defensive end Ricky Sapp was taken in the fifth round by the Eagles with pick No. 134. This pick, in all likelihood, will prove to be a steal for the Eagles. Sapp was a consensus second or third round talent.
Later in the fifth round, The Pittsburgh Steelers selected cornerback Crezdon Butler with pick No. 164. Butler was the first Clemson cornerback to be drafted since Tye Hill in 2006.
The last Clemson player chosen in the draft was linebacker Kavell Conner. The Indianapolis Colts took Conner in the seventh round with pick No. 240.
Clemson and Virginia Tech each had five players selected in the draft, the most of any ACC team.