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Clemson’s Dexter Lawrence selected by New York Giants in first round of NFL draft

Clemson’s Dexter Lawrence discusses the NFL draft process

Lawrence left for the NFL after his junior season at Clemson
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Lawrence left for the NFL after his junior season at Clemson

It didn’t take long for Clemson’s three defensive linemen that were potential high NFL Draft picks to hear their names called during the first round Thursday night.

Tigers defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence became the third Clemson player to be selected, going No. 17 overall to the New York Giants.

Lawrence joins defensive end Clelin Ferrell, who was drafted No. 4 overall by the Raiders, and defensive tackle Christian Wilkins, who was picked No. 13 overall by the Dolphins.

Lawrence left Clemson early for the NFL draft after recording 44 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks during his junior season. He helped the Tigers to the national title in 2016 and 2018, although he missed the College Football Playoff in 2018 after testing positive for the banned substance ostarine leading up to the playoff.

Clemson’s investigation into the matter is still ongoing.

The North Carolina native insisted at the time and again leading up to the draft that he has no idea how ostarine got into his system.

Lawrence was a freshman All-American in 2016, a first-team All-ACC selection in 2017 and an All-American in 2018.

In addition to Lawrence, Ferrell and Wilkins, Clemson defensive tackle Albert Huggins and defensive end Austin Bryant are expected to be picked later in the draft.