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Clemson Football: 12 2023 NFL Draft Prospects to Watch for the Tigers

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Bryan Bresee is just one of several Clemson defensive players that could be first-round picks next year

Only two Clemson Tigers were selected in the 2022 NFL Draft. While that is an exceptionally low number for a program that has been pumping out pros over the past decade, it bodes well for what is lurking ahead.

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The Tigers will have a 2023 roster that could feature more players drafted in the first round than in all seven rounds this year. Especially on the defensive side of the ball, Clemson will be loaded. Here are a dozen Tigers (in alphabetical order) that could be selected in next April's draft

Davis Allen, TE (Sr., 6-6, 250)

Allen wasn't as explosive in 2021 as compared to 2020, but he caught 12 more passes. He has great size for the tight end position and flashes enough skill to earn a spot on an NFL roster.

Bryan Bresee, DT (Jr., 6-5, 300)

If Bresee stays healthy next fall, he will undoubtedly be one of the top picks in the '23 draft. Injuries derailed the Damascus, Maryland, product in 2021, but he is one of the most gifted defensive linemen in America and has a motor that doesn't quit.

Tyler Davis, DT (Sr., 6-2, 300)

And lining up right next to Bresee is Davis, who has also had an injury history during his time at Clemson. A major contributor from the moment he arrived at Clemson, Davis has missed 11 games over the past two seasons due to various ailments.

K.J. Henry, DE (Sr., 6-4, 260)

Consistency is the name of Henry's game. While he has only started 10 times in his career, Henry has played in 44 contests and been a vital cog in the Tigers' rotation for three years.

Sheridan Jones, CB (Sr., 6-0, 185)

A solid piece in the Clemson secondary, Jones will be asked to do more now that Andrew Booth Jr. and Mario Goodrich have moved on. Speed is not Jones' strong suit, so he'll have to rely on his instincts and technique in 2022.

Jordan McFadden, OG (Sr., 6-2, 310)

A multi-year starter at tackle for Clemson, McFadden will have to slide inside to have a career at the next level due to his 6-foot-2 frame. That shouldn't be a problem as he has started at both tackle spots for the Tigers after starting his career as a guard.

Myles Murphy, DE (Jr., 6-5, 275)

Bresee and Murphy arrived as prized jewels of the 2020 recruiting class and they could both leave as picks in the top half of the 2023 NFL Draft. Murphy has had two stellar campaigns and the best may be yet to come.

Joseph Ngata, WR (Sr., 6-3, 220)

Another Tiger that has battled injuries during his career, Ngata has the size and athletic traits to be a No. 1 receiver when healthy. With Justyn Ross no longer at Clemson, Ngata should have more opportunities to show his NFL worth this fall.

Walker Parks, OT (Jr., 6-5, 300)

Parks probably will need that fourth year of seasoning before jumping to the NFL, but an early entry is not out of the question if he takes another step forward this fall. A Freshman All-American according to ESPN.com in 2020, the right tackle started all 13 games last season.

Trenton Simpson, LB (Jr., 6-3, 230)

While Bresee and Murphy look like sure-fire 2023 first-rounders as defensive linemen, Simpson isn't far behind as a linebacker. A second-team All-ACC choice, Simpson was third on the team in tackles last season.

Xavier Thomas, DE (Sr., 6-2, 265)

Thomas has had a nice career but he has not reached the level most expected after his freshman season, though much of that has been due to factors out of his control. He is back for one more year and still possesses the talent to thrive in the NFL.

DJ Uiagalelei, QB (Jr., 6-4, 250)

The first step should be making sure he actually holds onto the starting job this coming season. While his performance was uninspiring last year, he is a massive presence at quarterback and some early mock drafts have him as a potential high pick.

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Written by Jon Kinne, who has been part of the Athlon Contributor Network for three years, focusing on the ACC and Notre Dame. Follow him on Twitter @JonRKinne.