NFL Prospect Matchups: Clemson vs. Florida State

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

Last week's preview featured Clemson facing off again North Carolina State, and we concentrated on the Clemson defensive line against the Wolfpack offensive line -- a contest Clemson won in a knockout. Clemson is again the focus of this week's preview, but we turn to the other side of the ball where the Tigers left tackle matches up against one of the better pass rushers in the nation.

Mitch Hyatt entered the season stamped as a late-round prospect by scouts, something I disagreed with after breaking down the film. Although he's not the most graceful athlete, Hyatt is technically and fundamentally sound in all areas. He blocks with terrific leverage and makes great use of angles and body positioning to seal the edge. He has the strength to turn opponents off the line as a run blocker but has limitations. 

Those limitations can be exploited by one of the nation’s best pass rushers.

Brian Burns, a Week 8 riser, has been tough to stop all season long. From the first game of the campaign against Virginia Tech, he’s been an incessant nuisance to opponents. 

Burns is quick, explosive and very athletic. He shows great speed off the edge, easily moves around the field and makes plays in every direction. 

He’s the type of pass rusher who could give Hyatt fits. On the other hand, if the Clemson tackle shuts down Burns, it will be a game scouts point to in war rooms next April.

NFL Prospects: Clemson – Florida State

Grade

Rnd

Full Name

School

Pos

Yr

#

4.32

1st

Christian Wilkins

Clemson

DT

4Sr

42

4.29

1st

Clelin Ferrell

Clemson

DE

4Jr

99

4.13

1st

Dexter Lawrence

Clemson

DT

3Jr

90

4.03

1st

Brian Burns

Florida State

DE

3Jr

99

3.98

1-2

Trayvon Mullen

Clemson

CB

3Jr

1

3.97

2nd

Austin Bryant

Clemson

DE

4Sr

7

3.79

3rd

Demarcus Christmas

Florida State

DT

5Sr

90

3.73

2-3

Isaiah Simmons

Clemson

S

3So

11

3.63

3rd

Tre Lamar

Clemson

ILB

3Jr

57

3.59

3-4

Albert Huggins

Clemson

DT

4Sr

67

3.55

4th

Mitch Hyatt

Clemson

T

4Sr

75

3.49

4-5

Diondre Overton

Clemson

WR

3Jr

14

3.47

5th

Mark Fields

Clemson

CB

4Sr

2

3.45

5th

Kelly Bryant-x

Clemson

QB

4Sr

2

3.42

5th

Levonta Taylor

Florida State

CB

3Jr

28

3.41

5th

Hunter Renfrow

Clemson

WR

5Sr

13

3.35

6th

Kendall Joseph

Clemson

ILB

5Sr

34

3.32

6th

Tanner Muse

Clemson

S

4Jr

19

3.32

6th

Jacques Patrick

Florida State

RB

4Sr

9

3.32

6th

Tavien Feaster

Clemson

RB

3Jr

28

3.22

FA

Derrick Kelly

Florida State

G

5Sr

74

3.19

FA

Nyqwan Murray

Florida State

WR

4Sr

11

3.14

FA

Alec Eberle

Florida State

C

5Sr

54

3.13

FA

Sean Pollard

Clemson

T

3Jr

76

3.03

FA

J.D. Davis

Clemson

ILB

4Sr

33

3.00

FA

Adonis Thomas

Florida State

OLB

4Jr

22

3.00

FA

Arthur Westbrook

Florida State

S

4Sr

19

3.00

FA

Tremayne Anchrum

Clemson

G

3Jr

73

2.85

FA

Deondre Francois

Florida State

QB

4Jr

12

2.81

FA

Justin Falcinelli

Clemson

C

5Sr

50

2.77

FA

Chris Register

Clemson

DE

5Sr

45

2.72

FA

Trevion Thompson

Clemson

WR

4Jr

1

2.72

FA

Richard Yeargin

Clemson

DE

4Jr

49

2.70

FA

Jabril Robinson

Clemson

DT

5Sr

50