Round Seven – 223rd Overall
Ben Boulware, LB, Clemson (6-foot, 238 pounds)
This is one pick that I doubt I back off of leading all the way up to the draft.
Mocked Ben Boulware to Miami in the 1.0 version because it makes too much sense.
Players drafted at this point have to have great intangibles if they want to stick to a roster. Not only that, they have to be ready to make their bones on special teams.
That is Boulware in a nutshell.
Boulware is a great leader – he was a two-time team captain for the Tigers – and he’s a very productive player even though he doesn’t possess the physical tools that other players may have.
The proof is in the pudding. His 198 tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss, four sacks and two interceptions in two years lets you know he can play the game of football and knows how to get himself in position to make a play.
And he spent his first two seasons at Clemson working predominantly on special teams.
Boulware just may be the second coming of Larry Izzo.