Two Clemson Tigers Projected as First Round Picks By ESPN Draft Analyst

ESPN NFL Draft analyst Todd McShay has released his latest mock projections and he has two former Clemson Tigers going in the first round.

6. Detroit Lions (via LAR)

Myles Murphy, DE, Clemson

I think Detroit sticks with Jared Goff and uses this pick on a porous defensive unit. I considered a cornerback, but Murphy has a much higher grade than my CB1 — and the defense needs support at multiple positions. It couldn’t stop anyone last season, allowing a league-high 6.2 yards per play. Adding Murphy’s speed off the edge to a group that already includes 2022 first-rounder Aidan Hutchinson and surprise rookie standout James Houston immediately moves the defense forward.

Something else to watch for here: I wouldn’t be surprised if Detroit slides down the board, picking up additional draft capital from a team looking to nab a quarterback. The Lions already have a second first-rounder, too.

10. Philadelphia Eagles (via NO)

Bryan Bresee, DT, Clemson

The loaded Eagles went to the Super Bowl for good reason, and GM Howie Roseman’s focus on building out from the trenches proved valuable. But now, they could lose three of their top four defensive linemen in terms of snap counts to free agency, including Javon Hargrave and Fletcher Cox up the middle. Roseman drafted Jordan Davis in Round 1 last April, and bringing in Bresee to pair with him could shore up an important unit for the team. Bresee has fantastic upper-body strength to slow down opponent run games and work through blockers as an interior pass-rusher.

Philly might have had 14 wins, but it will have a lot of offseason concerns to address, mainly on defense. Joining Hargrave and Cox with expiring contracts are James Bradberry, C.J. Gardner-Johnson, Brandon Graham, Robert Quinn, Kyzir White, T.J. Edwards, Marcus Epps and Isaac Seumalo, so there are a lot of directions to go here. I also still like the idea of Texas’ Bijan Robinson in Philadelphia, with Miles Sanders headed to free agency, but it’s really, really early for a running back, and the defense is going to have all those holes to plug. Remember, the Eagles also have a second first-rounder.

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