Three key components of Clemson’s national title run announced their intentions today to forego their remaining eligibility with the Tigers to enter the NFL Draft.
Clemson juniors CB Trayvon Mullen, LB Tre Lamar & DT Dexter Lawrence each announced Wednesday that their time with the Tigers has come to an end.
The ending was a bittersweet one for Lawrence, who missed the final two games of his collegiate career serving an NCAA suspension after testing positive for Ostarine, a banned performance-enhancing substance. Lawrence, projected by many as a shoe-in First-Round NFL Draft pick faced a potential year-long suspension if he decided to return for his senior season.
The Wake Forest, NC native posted the following message on Twitter, Wednesday:
— Dexter Lawrence II (@llawrence2139) January 9, 2019
Lawrence accumulated 7.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks in his final Clemson season, and was a First-Team All-ACC player in each of his last two seasons.
Mullen’s announcement came via Twitter where he thanked his teammates, coaches and the Clemson family:
Thank You, Clemson Family 🐅 pic.twitter.com/ZdDXiRh9QF
— Trayvon Mullen Jr (@MullenIsland1) January 9, 2019
The Fort Lauderdale native saw more action in his sophomore season playing opposite then-senior Ryan Carter, intercepting three passes including one in the rivalry game against South Carolina. His junior year saw opponents look to the other side of the field, and showed more of his blitzing capability, earning a share of a sack against Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl and a full sack of his own in the CFP Championship against Tua Tagovailoa. Mullen also intercepted Tagovailoa in the second quarter of the Championship game against the Crimson Tide, leading to a Clemson touchdown.
Lamar made a similar statement to Mullen on Twitter, Wednesday:
— Tre Lamar (@tlamar57) January 9, 2019
The Roswell, Georgia native was a Butkus Award Finalist in his final season at Clemson, finishing third on the team in tackles (80), collected three sacks and snagged his lone collegiate interception in the Tigers’ win this past season at Florida State. Lamar also tied for the team lead in tackles (9) in Clemson’s ACC Championship Game victory over Pittsburgh, one week after having to miss the rivalry matchup with the Gamecocks.