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Raiders draft 2021: Clemson prospects to watch

Las Vegas sure does love Tigers

College Football Playoff National Championship - Clemson v LSU
Jackson Carrman
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It’s draft season and we would be remiss if you didn’t look at Clemson prospects being potentially drafted by the Las Vegas Raiders.

We all know how much Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock love their Clemson Tigers’ products.

In 2019, the Raiders drafted defensive end Clelin Ferrell, cornerback Trayvon Mullen and wide receiver Hunter Renfrow from Clemson. Last year, they drafted linebacker Tanner Muse and guard John Simpson.

So, it wouldn’t be a shock at all if Las Vegas goes back to the Clemson pipeline in the April 29-May 1 draft.

Let’s look at some potential Tigers who are a fit for the Raiders.

Tackle Jackson Carman:
He could be a guy to look at in the second round. He is massive at 6’5, 345 pounds. He is powerful and has succeeded at the highest college level. He’d be very intriguing at No. 48.

Wide receiver Amari Rodgers:
Rodgers is my current choice of the Raiders in the sixth round. But Rodgers could go earlier. He is a versatile player (Jon Gruden loves offensive weapons who can be used in different parts of the playbook) and he is a solid returner. He is a tough, hard worker, just the type of player the Raiders expect to come out of Clemson.

Reese’s Senior Bowl
Cornell Powell
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Wide receiver Cornell Powell:
Powell could be another late-round wide receiver the Raiders consider. Powell broke out in 2020 and had 53 catches. He showed his potential. He should be available in the late rounds and I could see him being the type of player the Raiders think can reach his potential in the NFL.