Clemson had five players taken in the NFL Draft which concluded Saturday. Soon after the last pick of the draft was made, five more Tigers landed spots on teams as free agents.
Kicker Chandler Catanzaro, Clemson’s all-time leading scorer with 404 points, signed with the Arizona Cardinals. Offensive guard Tyler Shatley and linebacker Spencer Shuey signed with the Jacksonville Jaquars. Defensive back Darius Robinson signed with the Buffalo Bills. And linebacker Quandon Christian signed with the Washington Redskins.
Bashaud Breeland, Martavis Bryant and Tajh Boyd were all selected in the 2014 NFL Draft on Saturday afternoon in New York City. The three selections give Clemson five players selected over the three days of the selection process. It marked the sixth straight year that Clemson had at least four players selected, the longest streak by an ACC school since a 10-year streak by Florida State from 1992-2001.
“I am very excited about the opportunities in front of our former players based on the draft and free agent signings this weekend,” said Head Coach Dabo Swinney. “This is realizing a dream for so many players. What they do with the opportunity is what is important now.
“I was disappointed in that a lot of teams passed on Tajh until the sixth round. He is a great player and I think the Jets got a steal getting him in the sixth round. I told Andre Ellington last year when he was taken in the sixth round by the Cardinals that same thing. Last year he led the NFL in yards per carry and is going to be their starting running back this coming year.
“Like Sammy going to Buffalo, this is a great situation for Tajh. Rex Ryan knows what he can do and how hard a worker he is. Tajh will be reunited with Dalton Freeman and will have Jacoby Ford to throw to.”
One Thursday night, Sammy Watkins was selected in the first round by the Buffalo Bills, the number-four selection of the draft. Brandon Thomas was chosen in the third round by the San Francisco 49ers, the 100th pick of the draft.