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Clemson Star DT Christian Wilkins Announces NFL Draft Decision

Christian Wilkins playing football.

The Tigers are getting another star player back for 2018.

It's been a hell of a couple of days for Clemson's 2018 football team. The Tigers have again learned that one of their NFL Draft prospects is returning for next season.

This evening, Clemson announced that All-American defensive tackle Christian Wilkins would be putting the NFL on hold. He's opted to return for another season.

Wilkins was considered to be a probable first-round pick if he declared. He's a two-time All-American and is coming off a five-sack season.

This announcement comes a couple of days after Dabo Swinney announced at a banquet that junior defensive lineman Austin Bryant and redshirt sophomore defensive lineman Clelin Ferrell would return to Clemson next season, along with linebacker Kendall Joseph and cornerback Mark Fields.

Clemson's defensive line will basically be impossible to block next fall. The Tigers will be boasting several NFL-ready pass rushers.

Swinney's program announced the news of Wilkins' return in pretty epic fashion.

"IT'S MORPHIN' TIME," said the Tigers, playing on the defensive line's "Power Rangers" nickname. "Welcome back, Christian. Welcome back, Rangers."

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Both Ferrell and Wilkins were projected to be first-round picks, while Bryant was likely to be a second-rounder.

Clemson's defense is going to be ridiculous next fall, and the Tigers return some serious talent on offense, too, along with bringing in No. 1 overall QB recruit Trevor Lawrence.

Alabama is thought by most to be the preseason No. 1, but that spot could end up going to Clemson.