Draft of Mystery Football

FILE - Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence passes against Ohio State during the first half of the Sugar Bowl NCAA college football game in New Orleans, Friday, Jan. 1, 2021. About the only certainty in the confounding 2021 NFL draft is Trevor Lawrence going to the Jaguars with the first overall pick Thursday night in Cleveland. This year's NFL draft is like none other because teams weren't able to meet face-to-face with the pool of prospects outside the lucky few who got to play in the Senior Bowl after a season that was marked by opt outs and cancellations. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

GREENVILLE, SC (FOX CAROLINA) - Nine NCAA players from South Carolina have been drafted in the 2021 NFL Draft.  

Former Clemson University quarterback Trevor Lawrence was the number one pick in the first round on Thursday.

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FILE - Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence passes against LSU during the second half of a NCAA College Football Playoff national championship game in New Orleans, in this Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, file photo. Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields was among 98 juniors granted eligibility by the NFL into the draft, while national championship-winning QBs Mac Jones from Alabama and Trevor Lawrence from Clemson were among another 30 players eligible after completing their degrees and deciding not to play more in college. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Lawrence has been drafted to the Jacksonville Jaguars. He graduated from Clemson in December and was Clemson's quarterback for three years. 

According to Clemson Athletics, Lawrence is the first Clemson player to be the number one pick in the NFL Draft. 

Head Coach Dabo Swinney said this in a statement: 

“The Jaguars are getting a winner, capital W-I-N-N-E-R, WINNER. They’re getting a great human being, great leader and a highly skilled football player. He is a mentally and physically tough football player. He’s fast, he’s big, he’s strong, and he is an incredibly equipped and skilled quarterback. He just really has great command of the position, an understanding of football, aptitude for football, understanding of defense. Really, there is not anything you could ever want in a quarterback that he doesn’t possess. But the No. 1 thing that they’re getting is a great man of faith, great character and the ultimate winner. If you go all the way back to middle school, he has not lost many games. And I think he is going to be a guy that impacts the community, will impact the coaching staff, will impact free agency, and really do it in an incredibly humble way. Great spirit, a guy that has got his feet on the ground and really ‘gets it’ in every aspect of what his responsibility and what his role will be, not only in the organization but within the community and the NFL.”

Joining Lawrence is former Clemson University running back Travis Etienne. This makes Lawrence and Etienne the first quarterback and running back duo selected from the same school by the same team in the first round since 1967, according to Clemson Athletics. 

Etienne also drafted to the Jacksonville Jaguars as the number 25 pick in the first round on Thursday. He graduated from Clemson in December after playing four seasons. 

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FILE - In this Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020 file photo, Clemson running back Travis Etienne (9) runs for a touchdown during the first half of the Atlantic Coast Conference championship NCAA college football game against Notre Dame in Charlotte, N.C. Brandon Beane didn’t entirely rule out the possibility of adding a running back in the first two rounds, with Clemson’s Travis Etienne and Alabama’s Najee Harris rated as the top prospects.(AP Photo/Brian Blanco, File)

According to Clemson Athletics, Etienne became Clemson's third first-round running back in the Draft. 

Head Coach Dabo Swinney said this in a statement: 

“Travis is one of the most explosive, dynamic players that I have ever seen. He is a bigger C.J. Spiller, which is the best way I can describe him based on the guys that I have had experience with. C.J. was probably 199-200 lbs. Travis is just bigger, but he has that same explosiveness. He is dynamic, as far as what he can do in the passing game. He can also return. He has an incredibly humble spirit to him. He is one of the best teammates you can ever have, and he is blue collar. He is just a tough, blue-collar football player. He is an every-down player. He is a first-, second- and third-down guy, and he can change the game any play, any quarter. Any time he touches the ball, he is one of those guys that you’ve got to hold your breath, and I can’t wait to see him at the next level and watch him continue to develop as a complete player.”

Former University of South Carolina cornerback Jaycee Horn was the number 8 pick in the first round. 

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South Carolina defensive back Jaycee Horn plays against Vanderbilt in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Horn was drafted to the Carolina Panthers after playing three seasons with South Carolina.

In round 2, former Clemson University player Jackson Carman was drafted to the Cincinnati Bengals. Carman played three seasons with Clemson in the offensive linemen position. 

Jackson Carman

Clemson offensive tackle Jackson Carman (79) during the first half of the Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football game against Ohio State, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri).

Head Coach Dabo Swinney said this in a statement: 

“The Bengals are getting a first-round talent. Like Tee Higgins last year, Tee Higgins went in the second round, but he was a top-15 talent and I think you saw that in how he played. Tee Higgins was a ready-to-go guy right out of the gate with his best football still in front of him and he left early right after his junior year, and I would say the same exact thing about Jackson. We have had him here for two-and-a-half years and Jackson is a ‘day one’ guy. He is going to play day one; he is not a guy who is going to redshirt. He is ready to play and that is because you can’t find what he has. It is hard to find offensive linemen, first of all, but especially offensive linemen that are incredibly athletic, big, strong, and can play literally four positions — and more importantly has the knowledge to play four positions. He just gets it. He understands football. So wherever he went, his team was going to get a first-round talent. I think if he had been back, he would have been a top-15 pick. I think he is one of those guys that has a chance to play a long time, and if his body holds up, I think he’ll decide when football ends for him — he has got that type of upside to him. So I’m super excited about his future and excited for the team that gets him because I know how hard it is to find ready offensive linemen and that’s what you get with Jackson Carman. You get a guy that is ready to make you better the day he steps on the field.”

Former Clemson University wide receiver Amari Rodgers was also drafted in round 3 to the Green Bay Packers. 

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Clemson's Amari Rodgers (3) runs during the first half of an NCAA college football game against North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Chris Seward)

Head Coach Dabo Swinney said this in a statement: 

“The Packers are getting a true professional. He is the ultimate pro. This kid has handled himself like a pro since I met him, and I mean in every aspect of his life. He is incredibly committed to excellence in every area: academics, his relationships, how he deals with media, how he responds to adversity, you name it. He is the same guy every day. He has an incredible mind to him. He has an incredible mental toughness and grit, and then he is just highly skilled. He brings a ton of experience. He has played a ton of football. He has incredible special teams value. He can do a lot of things there. He played his first two years on the outside, he played his last two years in the slot. He is crafty. He is a technician at his position, and he is a guy that’s going to be ready day one since he can play multiple positions and is incredibly smart. Again, he is built like a running back, but he has the length of a 6-foot-3 wideout and plays long. He is a tough yards-after-the-catch guy and I think is one of those guys that, like I said, is a true pro and will be a leader from the moment he gets there.”

Former South Carolina linebacker Earnest Jones was selected in the third round by the Los Angeles Rams.  Jones was taken with the 103rd pick.

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South Carolina linebacker Ernest Jones plays against Vanderbilt in the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Former Clemson University wide receiver Cornell Powell was taken by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 5th round on Saturday. 

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Clemson wide receiver Cornell Powell (17) dives into the end zone for a touchdown during an NCAA college football game against Syracuse in Clemson, S.C., on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. (Ken Ruinard/Pool Photo via AP)

Former South Carolina wide receiver Shi Smith was chosen by the Carolina Panthers in the 6th round of the NFL Draft on Saturday.

SOUTH CAROLINA MISSISSIPPI FOOTBALL

South Carolina wide receiver Shi Smith (13) runs against Mississippi in the first half in an NCAA college football game, in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020. Mississippi won 59-42. (AP Photo/Bruce Newman)

Former South Carolina corner back Israel Mukuamu was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the 6th round of the NFL Draft.

SOUTH CAROLINA MISSISSIPPI FOOTBALL

South Carolina defensive back Israel Mukuamu (24) plays against Mississippi in the first half in an NCAA college football game, in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020. Mississippi won 59-42. (AP Photo/Bruce Newman)

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