This guy has a lot of potential at 6’4”, but he just missed the rankings. He played well last season but didn’t see a ton of playing time in the big games. That will definitely change this season, as he is expected to be one of the main targets for Cole Stoudt. He could be in the discussion as a top-10 player on Clemson, but he will have to prove it on the field this fall.
Watson may be the most anticipated freshman I have seen at Clemson. The only reason he is left off the list is because he hasn’t proved anything on the field yet. He has done well in fall camp so far, and he will have a role on this year’s team, but it’s hard to fit him into the top 10 when he hasn’t played yet.
Alexander is another anticipated freshman that hasn't proved anything on the field just yet. There’s no doubt he could be one of the best 10 players on this team—maybe even top five—but we will have to wait until the season starts for that answer.
It was down to Corey Crawford or Lawson for a spot on the list, and I chose Crawford because of his experience. Lawson had a great freshman campaign last season with four sacks, but he will need to show that he can play well again this season.