After a strong start to the season that saw the Tigers undefeated and in early BCS contention Clemson limps into the Orange Bowl to face a West Virginia team that needed help to win the Big East. Both teams have several talented players on both sides of the ball led by Clemson defensive tackle Brandon Thompson. West Virginia senior cornerback Keith Tandy will need to have a big game slowing down true freshman Sammy Watkins.

Clemson

Rnd Name Pos # Yr Comments
1-2Brandon ThompsonDT984SrQuick, explosive one gap tackle that fires through the gaps up the field and can make plays laterally. Will get consideration as a three technique lineman.
2ndDwayne AllenTE834JrAthletic pass catching tight end that also does an admirable job blocking. Must improve the details of his position yet someone that can be a top 60 prospect moving forward.
2ndAndre BranchDE405SrThe next big-time pass rushing prospect to come from the Clemson program. Athletic, explosive and constantly in the backfield making plays. Will get consideration at outside linebacker in a 34 alignment.
3-4Malliciah GoodmanDE973Jr
3-4Andre EllingtonRB234JrQuick elusive ball carrier that created yardage. Very similar in style and substance to C.J. Spiller.
4thBrandon ThomasG633So
5thRennie MooreDE945SrSolid defensive line prospect that can be used at a variety of positions up front.
6thTig WillardOLB464Jr
6thAntoine McClainG744SrStrong, small area blocker that can dominate the opposition on running downs.
7thChad DiehlFB305SrHard-working lead blocker with physical limitations.
7-FALandon WalkerT725SrPowerful right tackle prospect with nice size. Best as a run blocker and struggles protecting the edge in pass protection.
FADavid SmithG735SrNimble lineman that shows ability blocking in motion. Must improve his playing strength and learn to block with his legs.
FARashard HallS314JrSkilled defensive back that flashes ability yet must put it all together and produce on a consistent basis.
FAPhillip PriceT795Sr
FAMason CloyG625SrSolid backup lineman that can be used at several positions.
FAKyle ParkerQB114JrBaseball prospect that comes with a big-league arm yet minor-league accuracy.

West Virginia

Rnd Name Pos # Yr Comments
3rdKeith TandyCB85SrUnderrated cornerback with an aggressive game. Plays with a large degree of suddenness, hard hitting and effective back off the line of scrimmage.
3rdBruce IrvinOLB114SrJunior college transfer that lit the Big East on fire last season with his pass rushing skills. Fast and furious up the field. Projects to OLB at the next level.
3-4Julian MillerDE945SrAthletic defensive lineman that’s successfully been used as a two gap end. Intense, rushes the passer well and makes plays in every direction of the field.
3-4Tavon AustinWR13JrProductive receiver that’s shown flashes of being the “go to” guy the past two seasons. Lacks the size to be a true number one receiver yet could be a solid wide out in the slot at the next level.
6thGeno SmithQB123JrDeveloping quarterback with top physical skills. Must improve his timing and decision-making but offers a nice upside.
6thDon BarclayT645SrTerrific pass protecting left tackle that makes the most of his tools. May not test well it gets the job done. Will get consideration inside at guard as well.
FANajae GoodeILB524SrAggressive linebacker best making plays up the field.
FAJosh JenkinsG774JrTough, slug-it-out, small area guard.
7thBrad StarksWR25SrDependable receiver with solid size and the ability to pick up yardage running after the catch. Comes off a disappointing senior campaign.
FADevon BrownWR45SrSmall, elusive receiver that also helps out as return specialist. Reliable and explosive. Left Wake Forest in May and will play for West Virginia this season.
FAJeff BraunT574JrLimited tackle only effective in a very small area.