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Grade
4.29 ?
  • 4.87 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 29.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 111.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6'1" Height
  • 31" Arm Length
  • 230LBS. Weight
  • 8 3/4" Hands

Overview

Clay possesses the size, power, burst and vision to become a quality NFL running back. Currently does not have the receiving or pass-protection abilities to contribute on third downs. Also does not have the speed and open field elusiveness to consistently make big plays at the next level. However, he's a productive, downhill runner who breaks tackles and carries defenders for extra yards with enough speed to hit the hole and get the corner at times. Had offseason surgery on both ankles following his 1,500-yard redshirt sophomore year and was part of a three-headed monster as a junior. Clay is a Day 2 prospect.

Analysis

Strengths

Clay has tremendous size. No-nonsense back who lets his blocks develop, finds a crease, and gets downhill in a hurry. Rarely goes down on first contact. Runs through arm tackles. Usually falls forward. Should have enough burst to get the edge at times. Very productive in college.

Weaknesses

Only has adequate speed. Will not make defenders miss in the open field. Doesn't project as a home-run threat at the next level. Has some fumbling issues. Not refined in the passing game. Does not appear comfortable catching the football. Needs to become more consistent and technically sound in pass protection. Has some injury history.
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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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