Photo of Kaelin Clay
Drafted By: Buccaneers
  • Round 6
  • Pick 8
  • Overall 184

Combine Results

Grade
5.02 ?
  • 4.51 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 10 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 33.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 113.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.97 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.26 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

  • 5'10" Height
  • 30 7/8" Arm Length
  • 195LBS. Weight
  • 9" Hands

Overview

Played one year at Utah after transferring from Mt. San Antonio Junior College, where he was named first-team all-conference with 16 touchdowns. Made four different All-American teams as a return specialist in 2014 with Utah and was named first-team All-Pac-12 as a return specialist. Finished season with a punt return average of 15.0 and three touchdowns. Also returned a kickoff for a touchdown last season and had a 24.9 average on kickoff returns. Signed with Cal out of Long Beach Poly High. Redshirted in 2010 and left the program for academic reasons, according to then-head coach Jeff Tedford. Played running back and receiver his senior season of high school and finished third in the state in the 100M and sixth in the 200M in 2010. Video of Clay releasing the ball before crossing into the end zone on what would have been a sure touchdown against Oregon went viral in 2014 (Oregon scooped up the ball and returned it 100 yards for a touchdown).


Pro Day Results


40-yard dash: 4.46 and 4.47 seconds

Analysis

Strengths

Very good straight-line speed. Decorated sprinter in high school. Stepped up and showed improvement in his lone season at Utah after teammate Dres Anderson's season-ending knee injury. Able to make first defender miss in space. When given a shot to play vertically, took advantage by winning over the top twice against Oregon. One of the more dangerous return men in college football as both punt returner and kickoff returner. Posted three punt-return touchdowns and a 100-yard kickoff return in 2014. Has great feel for keeping kick returns on their designed track and slashing at the right time. Had disastrous "fumble" against Oregon when he released ball before crossing into the end zone -- Oregon picked it up and went other way for a touchdown. Bounced back from that and showed mental toughness.

Weaknesses

Smaller receiver with very limited catch radius. Had four drops in 2014, including focus drops when trying to make catch near the sideline. Hips don't open much, causing short, tight strides and flatness with some of his routes. Lacks sudden feet to gain expected separation on outs. Game film filled with hitches, bubble screens and short outs. Lacking in route sophistication. Upright into his breaks and out of them.

Draft Projection

Round 6 or 7

Bottom Line

Slot receiver lacking suddenness to get open against man coverage underneath, but with a second gear to find separation on deep throws. Clay's size and playmaking ability as a receiver aren't going to do much for most teams, but his return ability gives him a shot at making a team.
-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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