Clemson’s Allen, Branch, Thompson drafted on Friday

Clemson had three players selected in Friday’s second and third rounds of the NFL Draft – defensive end Andre Branch, tight end Dwayne Allen and defensive tackle Brandon Thompson.

Branch was selected in the second round (38th overall) by the Jacksonville Jaguars. He was a first-team All-ACC pick in 2011 after leading the Tigers in tackles for loss (17) and sacks (10.5), marks that ranked third and first in the conference, respectively.

The defensive end was second on the team in tackles (85) and also recorded 17 quarterback hurries. He is tied for fourth in school history with 17.5 career sacks and made at least one tackle in 41 straight games. Branch leaves Clemson with 197 tackles, 33.5 tackles for loss 40 quarterback hurries and 11 pass breakups in 27 career starts.

Allen was taken 64th by the Indianapolis Colts. He finished his career with 93 receptions for 1,079 yards and 12 touchdowns. His 93 receptions and 12 touchdowns tied the Clemson career record for a tight end. Allen was named first-team All-American by Associated Press, the Football Writers Association, ESPN.com, Si.com and Phil Steele and was a second-team selection by CBSsports.com.

He was the first Clemson tight end to make an All-America team since Bennie Cunningham in 1975. Allen was a first-team All-ACC selection as well. He caught at least one pass in every game this year and in 26 of his last 27 games over two seasons. The Discover Orange Bowl against West Virginia was his 28th consecutive start.

Thompson wemt 93rd overall to the Cincinnati Bengals. He had 208 tackles, 22.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, 47 quarterback pressures, nine pass breakups, two caused fumbles, and three recovered fumbles in 2,069 snaps over 53 games (38 starts) in his career.

Photo courtesy of CU Athletics

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