The road to Chicago, where 25 of the nation’s top college football players are this week to hear their names called in the 2016 NFL draft, has followed a similar path for Clemson defensive ends Shaq Lawson and Kevin Dodd.
Clemson could make history in the 2016 NFL Draft. The football program has never had more than two Tigers taken in the first round. Last year was the first time two Clemson players went in the first round since 1982. The Tigers have had at least one first-round pick for three consecutive years.
Where will Clemson be ranked in preseason polls? Campus Insiders’ post-Playoff projection had the Tigers starting No. 1 with Oklahoma next, LSU, Tennessee, Baylor, Ohio State and then Alabama at No. 7 – FSU No. 9. USA TODAY’s early picks for the Coaches’ Poll has the Tigers No. 1, Crimson Tide No. 2, the Seminoles No. 5 and more ACC reps at No. 21 (Miami) and No. 23 Louisville.
The opening weekend of the 2016 college football season features a bevy of outstanding nonconference showdowns. Consider it just an appetizer to a buffet of tremendous football games this season. Twenty-five of those games are highlighted here.