C.J. Spiller was the 9th overall pick by the Buffalo Bills in the NFL draft
Today we continue our look at Clemson's history of first round picks in the NFL. In part two we look at Clemson legends from William "the refrigerator" Perry to C.J. Spiller.
William Perry- 1985, 22nd overall, defensive tackle, Chicago Bears.
Years at Clemson: 1981-84
Clemson Highlights: Member of 1981 National Championship team. Clemson's first three time All American, as well as a three time member of the All ACC team. Tied for single season sack record with ten. Was given his nickname "Refrigerator" by fellow Clemson player Ray Brown.
NFL Highlights: Played eight seasons for the Chicago Bears. Was used a lot by the Bears in goal line situations, either as a lead blocker or as a running back. Scored three touchdowns his rookie season, two rushing and one receiving. Member of the Bears Super Bowl XX team.
Terrence Flagler- 1987, 25th overall, running back, San Francisco 49ers.
Years at Clemson: 1983-86
Clemson highlights: First team All American in 1986. Also finished as the runner up for ACC Player of the Year in the same season.
NFL Highlights: Won two Super Bowls the the 49ers.
Donnell Woolford- 1989, 11th overall, defensive back, Chicago Bears.
Years at Clemson: 1985-1988
Clemson Highlights: Two time All American. Clemson's career leader in pass breakups with 44. Two time All ACC member.
NFL Highlights: Played ten seasons with the Chicago Bears, two with the Steelers, and two with the Panthers. Tied with Charles Tillman for the most interceptions by a Bears cornerback.
Chester McGlockton- 1992, 16th overall, defensive tackle, Los Angeles Raiders.
Years at Clemson: 1989-91
Clemson Highlights: Led ACC in sacks as a freshman in 1989. All ACC team member in 1991. Accumulated 20.5 sacks in his three year Clemson career.
NFL Highlights: Four time Pro Bowler while playing for the Raiders. Also played for the Chiefs, Broncos, and the Jets. Finished his career with 44 sacks, with a season high 9.5 in 1994.
Wayne Simmons- 1993, 15th overall, linebacker, Green Bay Packers.
Years at Clemson: 1989-92
Clemson Highlights: Part of Clemson's #1 ranked defense in 1990. Accumulated 206 tackles, including a career high 59 tackles in his freshman season. Had 36 career tackles for loss and 19 sacks.
NFL Highlights: Member of the 1996 Green Bay team that won the Super Bowl. Member of the 1993 All-Rookie team.
Trevor Pryce- 1997, 28th overall, defensive tackle, Denver Broncos.
Years at Clemson Pryce played at Clemson in 1996. He was a transfer from Michigan.
Clemson Highlights: All ACC selection as a Senior.
NFL Highlights: Won two Super Bowls ,XXXII and XXXIII, with the Broncos. Four time Pro Bowl selection. Finished career with 439 tackles, 91 sacks, and two interceptions. Member of the Denver Broncos 50 Anniversary Team.
Anthony Simmons- 1998, 15th overall, linebacker, Seattle Seahawks.
Years at Clemson: 1995-98
Clemson Highlights: Finished freshman season with 150 tackles, earning All ACC honors. Set the single season Clemson record for tackles with 178 as a sophomore, earning All American honors that year. Led the ACC in tackles and tackles for loss his Junior season.
NFL Highlights: Led the Seahawks in tackles in 2000, 2001, and 2003. Finished his career with 591 tackles, 10 sacks, 34.5 tackles for loss, and nine interceptions.
Antuan Edwards- 1999, 25th overall, defensive back, Green Bay Packers.
Years at Clemson: 1995-98
Clemson Highlights: Started thirty three games and recorded a total of 219 tackles with eight interceptions. First team All ACC his senior year, as well as a finalist for the Jim Thorpe award.
NFL Highlights: Named to all-rookie team as a member of the Packers, while recording thirty six tackles and four interceptions. Finished career with 244 tackles, seven interceptions, and three sacks.
Rod Gardner- 2001, 15th overall, wide receiver, Washington Redskins.
Years at Clemson: 1997-2000
Clemson Highlights: Selected to second team All ACC during his junior season. Was a first team All American as a senior, after posting 51 receptions for 956 yards and six touchdowns.
NFL Highlights: Best performance of career came against the Panthers during his rookie season. In that game, he had 208 receiving yards and one touchdown. Also played for the Panthers, Packers, and the Chiefs.
Tye Hill- 2006, 15th overall, defensive back, St. Louis Rams.
Years at Clemson: 2001-2005
Clemson Highlights: Originally came to Clemson as a running back, recording 225 rushing yards his Freshman season. Was an All American and All ACC pick in 2005 as a cornerback, after recording 54 tackles and three interceptions.
NFL Highlights: Posted fastest 40 time in his draft class, after running a 4.31. Finished his rookie season with 50 tackles and three interceptions, while starting ten games. Was named Rams Rookie of the Year. Also played for the Falcons, Titans, and Lions.
Gaines Adams- 2007, 4th overall, defensive end, Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Years at Clemson: 2002-2006
Clemson Highlights: Had 56 tackles, 9.5 sacks, and three forced fumbles his Junior season. His Senior season, he recorded 12.5 sacks and two forced fumbles, returning one for a touchdown against Wake Forest. Adams finished his Clemson career with 28 career sacks, tying the record set by Michael Dean Perry.
NFL Highlights: Recorded 35 tackles, six sacks, and two forced fumbles as a rookie. His six sacks led all rookies, and he was named to the All Rookie team. Adams career was cut short in 2009 when he died from an unexpected heart attack due to an enlarged heart.
C.J. Spiller- 2010, 9th overall, running back, Buffalo Bills.
Years at Clemson: 2006-09
Clemson Highlights: One of the most prolific offensive players in Clemson history. Spiller rushed for over 3,400 yards, had over 1,360 yards receiving, and accounted for 41 touchdowns in his four year career. Was a two time first team All ACC member, 2009 ACC Player of the Year, and a unanimous All American in 2009. Spiller is one of only three Clemson players to have his jersey retired.
NFL Highlights: Finished his rookie season with 561 yards rushing and four touchdowns while playing behind starter Fred Jackson. Spiller rushed for 1,244 yards and six touchdowns in 2012, while Jackson missed most of the season due to injuries. Spiller's 6.0 yards per carry was the highest in the league. He also caught 43 passes for 459 yards and two touchdowns. Spiller earned his first Pro Bowl bid in 2012.
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