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Travis Etienne has surfaced again as a possible first-round pick. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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Tigers Today: Latest mock draft has Travis Etienne going in first round

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Todd McShay has former Clemson RB going No. 23 overall

Running backs have become a rarity in the first round of the NFL Draft as of late. The last two opening rounds each have featured only one running back taken.

But in ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay’s latest mock draft, he has two running backs being taken off the board in the first round. McShay’s tabbed former Clemson running back Travis Etienne as the first RB taken in this year’s draft, going No. 23 overall to the New York Jets.

Writes McShay on why Etienne would be a strong pick for the Jets:

He has breakaway speed and can catch passes out of the backfield. The Jets need a true game-changer at running back, and he’s exactly that, scoring 78 touchdowns from scrimmage over his time at Clemson.

McShay has Alabama’s Najee Harris going at No. 25 to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Etienne and Harris are widely considered to be the top two running backs in this year’s NFL Draft. Former Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence is also named in the mock draft, going No. 1 overall to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Etienne has added weight in his draft prep, clocking in at 215 pounds on Clemson’s Pro Day. The Louisiana native is the ACC’s all-time leading rusher, finishing his career with 4,952 rushing yards and 70 rushing touchdowns. He averaged better than 7.2 yards per carry for his career.

Dylan Brewer named national player of the week

Clemson’s Dylan Brewer tallied 10 RBIs over four games last week, good enough to earn national player of the week honors from Collegiate Baseball.

Brewer hit three home runs and a double with four runs scored. The redshirt freshman outfielder ranks second on the team with 21 RBIs.

The Tigers went 2-2 last week and are 14-11 overall and 8-7 in ACC play. They’ve won six of their last seven ACC games and have won three-straight ACC series. Clemson hosts Virginia on Friday night at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for Friday at 6 p.m.

Takeaways from Orange vs. White game

Clemson wrapped up spring camp this past Saturday with its annual spring game, a 14-13 comeback win for the White team.

The main headline leaving the spring is the depth problems at quarterback after Taisun Phommachanh likely tore his Achilles in the fourth quarter of the scrimmage. Clemson now only has one healthy scholarship quarterback on campus — D.J. Uiagalelei.

But ClemsonSports.com senior write Matt Connolly rewatched the film and identified five takeaways from Ajou Ajou’s potential to the Tigers depth in the running back room. Click here to read the full story.

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