Ellington, Goodman, Meeks give Clemson four draftees

Three more members of Clemson’s 2012 football team that won 11 games for the first time in 31 years were selected in the NFL Draft on Saturday.

Clemson wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins was taken on Thursday evening in the first round, the 27th overall selection by the Houston Texans.

On Saturday, Malliciah Goodman was taken in the fourth round, the 127th overall selection, by the Atlanta Falcons. Jonathan Meeks was a fifth round selection, the 143rd overall pick, by the Buffalo Bills. Andre Ellington was a sixth round pick, the 187th overall selection by the Arizona Cardinals.

With four selections in this year’s draft, Clemson has now had 23 players chosen over the last five years, at least four every year Dabo Swinney has been Clemson’s Head Coach. It is the first time in history Clemson has had at least four players drafted each of the last five years. Clemson is the only ACC school that can make that claim.

All three of the former Tigers drafted today were chosen between 100-199 in the draft. That is still a good sign. Eighteen of the last 19 Clemson players drafted in the 100s made NFL clubs and played in an NFL game.

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