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2021 NFL Draft Prospect: Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson University

Travis Etienne
Travis Etienne of Clemson is one of the most prolific football players in the 2021 NFL Draft. The kid has speed and elusiveness that makes him a first round pick.

Clemson’s running back Travis Etienne has been the ACC Offensive Player of the year the last two years in a row. That is pretty impressive considering his quarterback is Trevor Lawrence and they play some amazing teams and prospects in the ACC.

Etienne is STUPID FAST, yes, stupid means you cannot believe. He has been tearing up the NCAA for the past several years. It all started in 2017 and since he has been unstoppable. Travis runs like he feels disrespected, and technically he was disrespected. He was not even the top player coming out of Louisiana when he left high school. The scouting webpages had him as the fourth best prospect in the state and he has proven that was a bad assumption. Etienne is the best running back in the entire country, because of his versatility.

In 2017, as a true freshman he finished a Third Team All-ACC selection. He had a team high 766 yards and 13 touchdowns. He is also an explosive return man. Travis Etienne is much like C.J. Spiller who the Bills drafted early. Their special teams ability helps them separate from the pack of other running backs in the draft.

As a redshirt sophomore, Travis was a Doak Walker Award Finalist. The First Team All-American produced the most prolific rushing season in school history, producing a school-record 1,658 yards on 204 carries with a school-record 24 rushing touchdowns and 12 catches for 78 yards and two receiving touchdowns in 486 snaps over 15 starts. This performance helped him secure the ACC Player of the Year Award.

Last season, Etienne recorded 1,614 yards on 207 carries (7.8) and 19 rushing touchdowns plus 37 catches for 432 yards and four receiving touchdowns in 579 snaps over 15 starts. He also won ACC Player of the Year for his second year in a row.

There are not many players in college football as talented as Travis Etienne and it is not close. I am a huge fan and overall feel he will be a stud at the next level.

NFL Draft Diamonds Scouting Notes:

Travis Etienne burst on the scene in 2017 and has been a beast for the Tigers since. The speedy and elusive running back from Jennings, Louisiana maybe the best running back prospect in the entire 2021 NFL Draft. His speed and cut back ability is like no other. He is heading into his senior year with 56 career rushing touchdowns, which is an ACC-record. He is stupid fast and a hell of an athlete. He could end up being a top 15 pick in the NFL Draft. – Damond Talbot, NFL Draft Diamonds Owner

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