Clemson's "other" defensive lineman could be a value pick
With the NFL Scouting Combine just around the corner, it's time to take a look at some intriguing prospects to keep an eye on in Indianapolis.
Next up — Clemson defensive tackle Albert Huggins.
The 2019 NFL Draft class is loaded with top-flight talent along the defensive line. Defensive linemen will go off the board early and often during the first two days. Some of the most recognizable names of those players will be Clemson Tigers.
Albert Huggins spent the last four years grabbing whatever reps he could in that elite Clemson defensive line rotation. In extremely limited minutes, he piled up seven sacks and was a key member of two championship teams.
Huggins would have and could have been a full-time starter almost anywhere else. The fact he stayed at Clemson for four years is indicative of the type of team player he is. When the Tigers needed him, he was there and stepped up in a big way. There was no complaining or talk of transferring. He had a role and he played it well.
Despite not being a full-time starter in college, Huggins has everything you want in a pass-rushing defensive tackle. In the right scheme, Huggins has the football IQ and athleticism to be a mainstay on an NFL defense for the better part of a decade.
At the Combine, he can boost his draft stock by showing NFL brass that he is one of the better pure athletes at the position. The shuttle and agility drills will be key in boosting his draft stock from the late rounds to a safe, solid mid-round pick.
Huggins' attitude, athleticism, and championship pedigree would be assets in any NFL locker room.
— Written by J.P. Scott, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. His work has appeared on SI.com, FoxSports.com, Yahoo! SBNation and Bleacher Report. He is a three-time FWAA writing contest award winner. Follow him on Twitter @TheJPScott.