3 Tigers ranked as top 25 prospects for 2023 NFL draft

Bryan Bresee is one of the nation's top returning defensive linemen. (Photo: John Byrum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

CLEMSON — The 2022 NFL draft was rather uneventful for Clemson.

The Tigers had only two players drafted — second-round pick Andrew Booth and seventh-round selection Baylon Spector.

While Clemson didn’t lose much talent to the 2022 draft, it is likely to in 2023.

ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. released his top prospects for the 2023 NFL draft on Tuesday and three Tigers are listed as top 25 prospects.

The first Clemson player to appear is defensive tackle Bryan Bresee, who missed most of the 2021 season with a torn ACL.

Kiper has Bresee as the No. 6 overall prospect on his board. He adds that he wouldn’t be surprised to see him drafted in the top three.

“He locates the ball really well and explodes into the backfield at the snap to disrupt throwing lanes and find ball carriers,” Kiper said. “He’s aggressive and hustles on every snap. He can be a major force inside at the next level. This is an extremely talented group of defenders at the top, but don’t count out Bresee as a potential top-three pick.”

The next Clemson player on Kiper’s board is defensive end Myles Murphy.

Kiper has Murphy as the No. 17 overall prospect in the 2023 draft. Murphy led Clemson in tackles for loss with 14 and sacks with seven last season.

“He has a quick burst out of his stance and can close quickly off the corner. Murphy also plays the run pretty well; he’s a solid all-around player,” Kiper said. “Clemson also moved him inside at times, so that versatility will help his stock. He could rise if he finishes at the quarterback more in 2022.”

The final Tigers player in Kiper’s top 25 is linebacker Trenton Simpson.

The former five-star recruit finished third on Clemson’s team last season in tackles with 78. He recorded 12 tackles for loss and six sacks in 2021 and could be in for a monster junior season.

Simpson played the SAM/Nickel spot last year but is moving inside for the 2022 season.

“He had some impressive 2021 tape, showing explosion at the snap and range when he needs to track a ball carrier,” Kiper said. “He had 12.5 total tackles for loss. He could be an off-ball linebacker or play as a traditional 3-4 outside linebacker. Simpson has some power as a pass-rusher, too.”

In addition to these three prospects, Kiper also lists senior Tyler Davis as the No. 10 defensive tackle in the draft.