Photo of Clive Walford
Drafted By: Raiders
  • Round 3
  • Pick 4
  • Overall 68

Combine Results

Grade
5.51 ?
  • 4.79 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 20 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 35.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 120.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 4.57 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"One of those players who plays faster than he times. He is a vertical threat and catches the ball extremely well. He has work to do as a blocker." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'4" Height
  • 34" Arm Length
  • 251LBS. Weight
  • 10 1/4" Hands

Overview

Selected to play in the 2015 Senior Bowl. In 2014, named third-team AP All-American, second-team All-ACC and was a Mackey Award finalist. Had multiple receptions in 11 of his 12 games including a 127-yard performance against Florida State. Injured meniscus in final game of the season requiring surgery and forcing him to miss his bowl game. Made 12 starts in 2013 finishing second on the team in receptions with 34. In 2012, caught 25 passes for 451 yards and four touchdowns. Caught at least one pass in 10 of 12 games as a redshirt freshman in 2011. Didn't start playing football until his senior season of high school earning All-Palm Beach County honors. Averaged 13 points and 15 rebounds per game his junior season at Glades Central.

Analysis

Strengths

Becoming a very reliable blocker. Is tough enough and physical enough to be a play-side blocking tight end on zone runs. Bends and explodes from hips into his targets and sustains with a good base. Will drive smaller linebackers off the line of scrimmage in run game. Has lined up in-line, slot and as an H-back. Has the physical build and enough quickness to threaten the seam. Turns head and locates the ball quickly. Can make contested catches. Has NFL run-after-catch ability. At home in a physical matchup. Has long arms and big hands.

Weaknesses

Focus drops were a big problem for Walford from 2012-2013 (10 drops). Needs work in sinking hips into breaks. Will round off out routes and allow defender angles to break on the pass. Scouts say his play speed has been inconsistent and there are questions about what his timed speed will be. Not the same factor in run blocking when asked to play move-tight-end role.

Draft Projection

Round 3

NFL Comparison

Dwayne Allen

Bottom Line

A combo tight end who can help a team in the running game and through the air, Walford can be moved around the field. He lacks the elite athletic traits to be a game-changer at the position, but he is becoming a premium blocker. With teams looking for versatile TEs to create matchups in two-TE sets, Walford's stock should be high.
-Lance Zierlein
C
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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