Buffalo Bills receiver and fellow Clemson alum Sammy Watkins took to Twitter to defend Kearse, while fellow Tigers DB T.J. Green spoke up in an interview with a Clemson fan site.
"I mean, he’s hurt about it and I’m hurt about it," Green told TigerNet.com. "A player that talented should never fall that far in the draft."
His former teammates were given little reason to doubt him back at Clemson.
Kearse started producing immediately for the Tigers, starting in just three games but leading the team with four interceptions as a freshman. He was named a second-team All-American as a junior after racking up 62 tackles and one interception.
For his part, general manager Rick Spielman is eager to put Kearse in the hands of head coach and defensive guru Mike Zimmer.
"I know Zimmer really likes to work with those tall, long guys back on the backend as a safety and feels that he also has a lot of tools and athletic skills to work with," Spielman said.
The Vikings added former Tennessee Titans safety Michael Griffin in free agency to play alongside Harrison Smith, but at 30 years old Griffin isn’t a long-term solution at the position.
Spielman isn’t quite ready to comment on the situation.
"Right now we just want to get the best possible 90-man roster that we can get together, and then once we get them in and once we get the coaches working with them and actually see them in practice running our schemes, that will all work itself out," he said.
Kearse, however, isn’t shying away from the conversation.
"I am definitely confident in my abilities, so I know I can go out there and compete with whoever on the other side of that safety position and I can go out there and earn that position," he said.