Photo of Clayton Fejedelem
Drafted By: Bengals
Grade
5.1 ?

Draft Analysis:

Fejedelem has obvious deficiencies in coverage but he's a tackling machine who can bring the wood. He'll need to make his mark on special teams to come out of camp a member of the Bengals 53-man roster. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'1" Height
  • 200LBS. Weight

Analysis

Strengths

Willing to come downhill and get it on in the running game. Willing worker from the box. Heads up form tackler who springs into his opponent's chest. Finished with 140 tackles this season. When he’s near the ball, willing to attack catch point to disrupt the throw rather than just play for the post-catch tackle. Box safety who shows decent awareness of route development around him. Steady from zone coverage.

Weaknesses

Stiff, box­-only safety without the man cover skills or footwork to be a consistent defender against the pass. Change of direction doesn't always go smoothly in open field. Had 11 missed tackles in 2015. Needs to run feet through his tackles. Missing closing burst to make plays on throws and constrict throwing windows to NFL standards.

Draft Projection

Round 7 or priority free agent

Bottom Line

Very tough with the mindset teams are looking for from box safeties. Unfortunately, box safeties are being replaced by safeties with better cover talent and athleticism and that may be an issue for Fejedelem. He will need to ball out as a special-teamer and find a fit with a team who still employs box workers at safety.
-Lance Zierlein
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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