Clemson had their pro day on Thursday and it drew some very notable coaches including Rex Ryan, Chip Kelly and Bill Belichick.
Rex Ryan doesn’t have a first round draft pick, but he could be targeting a top linebacker in the draft. After swinging a trade for LeSean McCoy as well as Matt Cassel, the Bills could be in for another move if Ryan’s attendance at Clemson’s Pro Day is of any indication of their intentions.
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Another notable name in the crowd at the Clemson pro day was Patriots head coach Bill Belichick who is fresh off of his fourth Super Bowl victory after the Patriots beat the Seattle Seahawks in February.
The most important name at Clemson’s pro day however, is pass rushing linebacker Vic Beasley who has soared into the top ten in most 2015 NFL Mock Drafts as he’s expected to go to Chicago at seven or Atlanta at eight. Beasley had 34 tackles and 12 sacks in his senior season at Clemson in 2014, a slight down grade from his 41 tackles and 13 sacks in his junior year. Nonetheless, Beasley has impressed teams in the offseason and will most likely be a top-ten draft pick.
Rex Ryan, Chip Kelly and Bill Belichick virtually have no chance at getting Beasley in the draft unless they’re willing to trade up and trade big. The Buffalo Bills don’t have a draft pick until 50th overall in the second round, so Ryan would have to give up quite a lot to get the top-ten pick for Beasley and there’s a possibility we could see Ryan and the Bills make an effort to do that after giving up linebacker Kiko Alonso in the LeSean McCoy trade. Ryan’s son plays at Clemson, which could be the ultimate reason he was at the pro day.
The Philadelphia Eagles have the current 20th pick in the draft, and what they’re going to do in the draft is up in the air. Many people think that the Eagles are going to jump up in the draft in order to get former Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, but that’s of course all conjecture. They could stay at 20 and go for a cornerback, a position they desperately need help in, or they could sign Seattle Seahawks cornerback, but current free agent Byron Maxwell who may be looking to move. Another option for the Eagles may be to draft a running back at 20 or even drop back a little in the first round for Melvin Gordon or Todd Gurley.
The New England Patriots at 32nd overall pick would of course need to trade up big for someone like Beasley. The Patriots have a long list of needs that they could aim to fill in the draft including wide receiver, defensive tackle (if they don’t re-sign Wilfork), offensive lineman and outside linebacker.
Other Clemson prospects expected to get drafted includes defensive tackle Grady Jarrett, inside linebacker Stephone Anthony and defensive end Corey Crawford.
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