The top 50 college football players, according to Athlon, features five Tigers.
.23. Xavier Thomas, DE, Clemson
"With Clelin Ferrell, Dexter Lawrence, Christian Wilkins, and Austin Bryant off to the NFL, coordinator Brent Venables will have to restock the line this spring. That’s not a problem considering the track record of success in the trenches recently at Clemson, along with Thomas’ play in limited snaps last year. The five-star recruit recorded 10.5 tackles for a loss and 3.5 sacks as a freshman in 2018 and should thrive with a full allotment of snaps."
.21. Tee Higgins/Justyn Ross, WR, Clemson
"The duo of Higgins and Ross will be one of the nation’s most dynamic pairings at receiver. These two players combined for 1,936 receiving yards and 21 touchdown catches last year. Ross averaged a healthy 21.7 yards per catch, while Higgins paced the Clemson offense with 59 receptions."
.4. Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson
"Etienne had only 204 rushing attempts last season, but he certainly made the most of those opportunities. En route to winning ACC Player of the Year honors, Etienne rushed for 1,658 yards and 24 touchdowns – averaging a robust 8.1 yards per carry."
.2. Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
"Lawrence and Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa are really 1A and 1B in this ranking. As a true freshman in 2018, Lawrence helped to guide Clemson to the national championship by throwing for 3,280 yards and 30 touchdowns to just four picks even though he didn't start the season as the starter. With a strong supporting cast in place at receiver and a full offseason to work as the starter, Lawrence is primed for even bigger things in 2019."
Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa is ranked No. 1