Ever wonder what ESPN NFL draft experts Mel Kiper and Todd McShay do the other 362 days of the year when the league isn’t drafting? Well, apparently part of their “offseason” includes making a dream team for college football.
This year’s team includes the defensive line of the defending national champion Clemson Tigers.
While McShay picked the offense for the ESPN dream team, Kiper selected the defense. The longtime NFL draft expert said there was no contest when selecting the best defensive line in the country.
The Tigers have studs all along their defensive line. Ends Austin Bryant, who has 5.0 sacks this season, and Clelin Ferrell, who broke out in the College Football Playoff last season with 4.0 tackles for loss, can get after quarterbacks and also hold up against the run. Both are ranked in my top five underclassmen ends for the 2018 draft. Inside, Christian Wilkins is the top-ranked prospect — he’s No. 7 on my most recent Big Board — but sophomore Dexter Lawrence might have more potential. The 6-4, 340-pound tackle could be a top-five pick in the 2019 draft. No defensive line in college football comes close to Clemson’s.
Kiper called Ohio State the runner up for the position, but he also said it was not that close.
The Clemson defensive line was the only ACC unit or player represented on the ESPN college football dream team, but Kiper did include N.C. State playmaker Jaylen Samuels as his “prospect on the rise.”
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