Clemson saw nine players taken in the 2016 NFL Draft, the second most in school history. The 1983 team had 10 selections. Seven of the nine players selected this year were defensive players, more than any school in the nation this year. Combined with the four selections last year, Clemson has had 11 defensive players drafted over the last two years, also the most in the nation.
B.J. Goodson (LB) was selected in the fourth round by the New York Giants and D.J. Reader was a fifth round selection of the Houston Texans. Charone Peake (New York Jets), Jayron Kearse (Minnesota Vikings) and Zac Brooks (Seattle Seahawks) were all take in the seventh round just six picks apart.
Goodson, the Lamar native, was the first Clemson player taken on Saturday, the fifth overall. He was the fourth round selection of the New York Giants, the 109th pick of the draft. Goodson is the first Clemson player drafted by the Giants since 1999 when they took O.J. Childress in the seventh round.
Goodson is the 16th Clemson drafted by the Giants, the sixth consecutive defensive player dating to 1983. Former Tiger defenders Terry Kinard, Ty Davis and Andy Headen all won Super Bowl rings with the Giants. Goodson had 160 tackles last year to lead the Clemson team. He was a second-team All-ACC selection.
The late Saturday draft surge came after four Tigers were drafted in the first three rounds, the most in school history.