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Mackensie Alexander, 3 others pick draft; Wayne Gallman staying

Cornerback Mackensie Alexander is the latest Clemson player to declare for the draft.

Safeties Jayron Kearse and T.J. Green and defensive end Kevin Dodd announced earlier Wednesday they will leave for the NFL. Meanwhile, running back Wayne Gallman announced on Twitter he is staying in school.

The Tigers' top lockdown cornerback, Alexander ranks No. 5 among ESPN NFL Draft Insider Mel Kiper's top cornerbacks available and No. 22 on Kiper's latest Big Board. Alexander had a stellar season, earning All-ACC honors after shutting down every receiver he played. Alexander didn't give up a 100-yard receiver or a passing touchdown this season. He injured his hamstring against Oklahoma in the College Football Playoff Semifinal and tried to play through the injury against Alabama. But he aggravated it in the first half and didn't return.

Gallman set the single-season school rushing record with 1,527 yards and had 13 touchdowns.

Green finished second on the team with 95 tackles and is rated No. 4 among ESPN NFL Draft Insider Mel Kiper's top safety prospects.

Kearse started the past two seasons at safety for Clemson and finished 2015 with 62 tackles, including 6.5 for loss, seven passes defended and an interception. Kiper ranks him the No. 6 available safety for the draft.

Dodd had a breakout performance as a first-year starter and made his presence known in a big way against Oklahoma in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Orange Bowl and against Alabama in the national championship game. Dodd combined for 8.5 tackles for loss in those two games alone and had five tackles for loss and three sacks against an Alabama offensive line considered the best in the nation.

He joins fellow Clemson defensive end Shaq Lawson in the draft. The duo finished 1-2 in the nation in tackles for loss: Lawson with 25.5 and Dodd with 23.5.

"Leaving Clemson is an extremely tough decision, but I truly feel like I am physically and mentally ready for the next challenge," Dodd said in a statement through his agents at Element Sports Group. "We had an amazing season. I am so proud of what we accomplished, and I am so thankful for the opportunity to play football here at Clemson."

Neither Gallman nor Dodd was listed on Kiper's position rankings from December.

Clemson is still awaiting decisions from cornerbacks Mackensie Alexander and Cordrea Tankersley.