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Clemson's NFL first round history

Clemson first round NFL picks: Part 1

Clemson has 23 players picked in the first round.

In the first of two parts Clemson247 takes a look at all first round draft picks by Clemson through the years. We hope you enjoy this look back through history.

Banks McFadden - 1939, 1st round, 4th overall, half back, Brooklyn Dodgers.

Years played at Clemson: 1937-40

Clemson Highlights: Was an All-American in football and basketball in 1939, the only Clemson athlete to ever accomplish that feat. Named most versatile athlete in the nation for the years 1939-40. Only Clemson player to have his jersey retired in two sports. After the NFL, he coached defensive backs at Clemson for 26 years. Also coached the Clemson basketball team from 1947-1956.

NFL Highlights: McFadden only played in the NFL for one year (1939), but led the league in yards per rush that season.

Bob Gage - 1949, 1st round, 6th overall, defensive back, Pittsburgh Steelers.

Years played at Clemson: 1946-49

Clemson highlights: 1949 Gator Bowl MVP. Inducted into Clemson Hall of Fame in 1976.

NFL Highlights: Played tailback, quarterback, and defensive back for the Steelers, although only playing two season. In the 1949 season, he set a Steelers franchise record with a 97 run off a fake punt. It was the league's longest run from scrimmage until the 1982 season.

Lou Cordileone - 1960, 1st round, 12th overall, offensive lineman, New York Giants.

Years played at Clemson: 1956-60

Clemson Highlights: Named first team All American and Academic All American in 1959. Started on two ACC Championship teams. Also played right fielder for the 1959 College World Series team.

NFL Highlights: - Played nine seasons for five different teams. Played offensive and defensive line. Recorded an interception in 1968.

Bennie Cunningham - 1976, 28th overall, 1976, tight end, Pittsburgh Steelers.

Years played at Clemson: 1973-75

Clemson Highlights: Led team in receptions in 1973 and 1974. Named to All ACC team in 1974 and 1975, and was a two time All American. Finished his Clemson career with 64 receptions for 1,044 yards and 17 touchdowns. Named an ACC Legend in 2012.

NFL Highlights: Played for the Steelers his entire career. Played in 118 games, registering 202 receptions for 2,879 yards and 20 touchdowns.

Jerry Butler - 1979, 5th overall, 1979, wide receiver, Buffalo Bills.

Years played at Clemson: 1975-78

Clemson Highlights: Will always be remembered for "The Catch" against South Carolina in 1977. Started every game at Clemson, and caught at least one pass in every game between 1976-78. Named to All ACC team and All American team in his Senior season.

NFL Highlights: Played his entire career with the Bills (1979-86), earning a Pro Bowl selection in 1980. Registered 278 receptions for 4,031 yards and 29 touchdowns in his career.

Steve Fuller - 1979, 23rd overall, quarterback, Kansas City Chiefs.

Years played at Clemson: 1975-78

Clemson highlights: Started 27 consecutive games for Clemson. Named ACC Player of the Year in 1977 and 1978. Also one of only three Clemson athletes to be named an All American on the field and in the classroom in the same year. Inducted into Clemson Hall of Fame and Ring of Honor. One of only three Clemson players to have their jersey retired.

NFL Highlights: Played for seven seasons. Won Super Bowl XX with the Chicago Bears in 1985. Named by Sports Illustrated as one of the top fifteen backup quarterbacks all all time.

Jim Stuckey - 1980, 20th overall, defensive end, San Francisco 49ers.

Years played at Clemson: 1976-79

Clemson Highlights: Named a first team All American as a Senior in 1979.

NFL Highlights: Won Super Bowls XVI and XIX with the 49ers. Recovered a fumble in the 1981 NFL Title game against the Dallas Cowboys, sealing the win for the 49ers. Teammate of Dwight Clark in San Francisco.

Jeff Bryant - 1982, 6th overall, defensive end, Seattle Seahawks.

Years played at Clemson: 1978-81

Clemson Highlights: Played for Clemson's National Championship team in 1981, earning third team All American honors that year, while also earning All ACC Honors that year. Led the 1981 team in sacks and tackles for a loss.

NFL Highlights: Played entire 12 year career for Seattle Seahawks. Second in franchise history in all time sacks.

Perry Tuttle - 1982, 19th overall, wide receiver, Buffalo Bills.

Years played at Clemson: 1978-81

Clemson Highlights: Caught winning pass in Orange Bowl over Nebraska to seal the win for Clemson in the 1981 National Championship game. A picture was taken from his celebration that made the front cover of Sports Illustrated. 1996 Clemson Hall of Fame member.

NFL Highlights: Spent three season in the NFL, mostly with the Buffalo Bills. Registered 24 receptions for 375 yards and 3 touchdowns in his time with the Bills. Ended his career as a member of the Atlanta Falcons.

Terry Kinard - 1983, 10th overall, defensive back, New York Giants.

Years played at Clemson: 1978-82

Clemson Highlights: First Clemson defensive back to be named an All-American in back to back years. Was named to the All ACC team twice. Still holds the record for most tackles by a defensive back with 294.

NFL Highlights: Played for the New York Giants for six years, winning the Super Bowl in 1986. He also made the Pro Bowl in 1988.

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