Jan 9, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Clemson Tigers defensive lineman Christian Wilkins (42) reacts after a defense play during the first quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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Dexter Lawrence and two other Clemson players were suspended ahead of the College Football Playoff for failing their drug tests. During the National Championship Game, teammate Christian Wilkins paid special tribute to Lawrence with the No. 90 painted under his eyes.

Clearly, Wilkins is standing wholeheartedly behind his teammate despite the suspension. Lawrence — a dynamic defensive lineman — might have a chance to be selected in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, even in spite of it.

Jesse Reed
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