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Clemson players snapped up during final day of draft

Jacoby Ford was the fastest prospect in the 2010 NFL draft class, but the Clemson receiver's name hardly flew off the draft board.

Despite running a blazing 40-yard dash time of 4.28 seconds at the Combine, Ford slid to fourth round on Saturday. The Oakland Raiders traded up to select the Clemson product with the 108th overall pick.

Last season, Ford caught 59 passes for 779 yards and six touchdowns, including the game-winning overtime touchdown catch at Miami. But Ford slipped to the draft's third day due to question marks, including concerns about his 5-foot-9 frame.

"There are concerns about his size, his route running and his hands, which is why he wasn't selected until the third day of the draft," said Pro Football Talk's Michael David Smith. " But there are no concerns about his speed ... That's what (Raiders owner Al) Davis likes about him, and in the fourth round, Ford may turn out to provide good value to the Raiders."

Ford was not the only Palmetto-based prospect to be disappointed by a slide into the draft's third day.

Clemson defensive end/outside linebacker Ricky Sapp was also expected to be selected earlier, falling to the draft's third day after an uneven performance as a senior. Sapp was picked 134th overall (fifth round) by Philadelphia.

Despite his athletic gifts, Sapp was limited to five sacks as a senior.

Sports Illustrated said Sapp might be a better "athlete than football player" perhaps causing his slide, however it was also Sapp's first year back from major knee surgery.

Clemson cornerback Crezdon Butler was selected later in the fifth (164th overall) by the Steelers.

Clemson linebacker Kavell Conner was the final Tiger or Gamecock to be selected Saturday, picked in the seventh round (240th overall) by Indianapolis.

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