Photo of Aaron Kelly
Grade
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  • 4.53 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 38.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 119.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.25 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.45 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'5" Height
  • 204LBS. Weight

Overview

After two seasons as a possession receiver (averaging 38 catches for 465 yards and three touchdowns), Kelly exploded onto the scene as a junior, leading the ACC with 11 touchdown receptions and 83.2 receiving yards per game. But his 10.8-yard average on 67 catches as a senior is not what scouts expect of first-day prospects.

The relative lack of success of Clemson receivers in the NFL is another strike against him. As a secondary threat to an explosive primary option, Kelly could serve in a similar capacity at the next level as Alvin Harper once served for the Dallas Cowboys. Had an arm span of 32 3/4 inches and a hand span of 9 1/2 inches at the combine.

Analysis

Strengths

Positives: Rare height. Uses his size to shield defenders from the ball effectively, especially on quick slants. Good leaping ability and can time his leaps well to defeat defenders in good position to make a play on the ball. Flashes good agility and elusiveness for a player of his height. Can make defenders miss in the open field and generate positive yardage after the catch. Generally reliable hands. Can stretch to make the dramatic catch outside of his frame. Experienced as a punt and kick returner. Negatives: Long-strider with build-up speed and agility. Not quick enough to make defenders miss in small areas. Not as physically dominant as his size would indicate. Too often allows ball to get into his chest, resulting in some drops. Can get alligator arms when he thinks he's going to take a hit. May have been the fortunate recipient of defenses focusing their attention on stopping Clemson's ground game.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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