Photo of Emmett Cleary
Grade
57.5 ?
  • 5.21 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 24 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 28.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 108.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.81 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.70 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'7" Height
  • 34 1/4" Arm Length
  • 316LBS. Weight
  • 9 3/4" Hands

Overview

You might think it’s a misprint if you read that Cleary was born in Japan -– but it’s the truth. His father’s job kept the family on the move early in Emmett’s childhood, spending time in Germany as well as Japan before they settled to the Chicago suburbs when Cleary was five years old. And even at the time of his birth on the other side of the planet, it was clear he would be a very large young man –- and his play the last couple of seasons cemented his spot as a potential contributor on an NFL offensive line.



Cleary was an honorable-mention all-state pick out of Illinois before coming to BC. He redshirted in 2008 before finding the field in every game as a reserve the following season. Cleary began his sophomore year as a back-up, but needed to step in at right tackle for the injured Rich Lapham for the final five contests, thereby starting across the line from then-roommate Anthony Castonzo (2011 1st round pick of the Indianapolis Colts). When given the chance to stay out with “the ones” in 2011, he played nearly every snap at right tackle (tying with All-American linebacker Luke Kuechly for the second-most snaps on the team). Cleary moved to left tackle for 2012, and started all 12 games there. He was named second-team All-ACC.

Analysis

Strengths

Possesses NFL size and length on the edge. Solid agility, can cut off edge rushers with fair bend and those feet and long arms, but still cut off the inside lane. Has a strong punch that can stop opponents’ momentum. Jumps out of his stance quickly to cut off backside pursuers in the run game. Flashes aggressive blocking, finishing run blocks with multiple punches even if the play is well away, or taking off-balance linemen to the ground with his upper-body strength.

Weaknesses

Must gain additional strength in his lower body in an NFL weight program, usually widens to anchor but can get put on his heels by better power rushes if losing the hand battles. Not the quickest of feet. Height gives him some stiffness running in the open field, also makes him vulnerable to slipping off blocks or overextending after initial contact.

NFL Comparison

Jason Fox

Bottom Line

Cleary will answer a lot of questions about being born in Japan (his father’s job kept the family moving early in his childhood), but NFL scouts will mostly need to know if he has the strength to hold up against stronger NFL linemen. He won’t be picked as early as former roommate and 2011 first-round pick of the Indianapolis Colts, Anthony Castonzo, but Cleary’s talent should make him a mid- to late-round selection as a valued swing reserve.
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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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