Drew Boylhart   3/09

Chris Clemons   S   Clemson         

 

STRENGTHS

Chris has good size and excellent speed to play in a single safety zone defense.  He can roam side to side with ease.  Chris looks to be an excellent teammate who will do anything asked of him with confidence and competence.  He is also a very good special teams player.  He really hasn't had a chance to shine because of the talent that surrounds him; however, with Chris's talent, that just shows you his value as a teammate.  He doesn't mind if he doesn't get all the attention.  He is a very good tackler and is very smart.  He understands angles and does not just rely on his speed to make a play.  Chris likes to be in the right position before the play starts and he uses his speed to cover up other teammates mistakes.  Give him some time to develop and Chris will become an impact and core player for the team that drafts him.    

 

NEEDS TO IMPROVE

Chris does lack the instincts right now to play his position at an impact level, but I just think he needs more experience and all of that will change really fast.  He can catch the ball; however, at times, he seems surprised and lets the ball get on him before he can react.  He will need to read receivers and QB's better and when he does, he will impact.   

  

TALENT BOARD ROUND 3

This is a kid that I don't believe understands how talented he really is.  As soon as he starts to use his natural athletic talent in concert with his intelligence, you are going to see the impact potential I believe this kid has lurking under the surface.  Confidence and experience is all this kid needs to impact -- the smart team that drafts him is going to find that out the first day of training camp.  This kid is a sleeper pick sitting right there in front of everyone's eyes to see.  He plays on a Division I team that plays a very good schedule.  You see, you don't have to go to the ends of the world to find a sleeper draft choice.  Just look one position over from the star of the team and you will see a very good player that everyone else seems not to see.  Chris is an impact developmental player and will make the team that drafts him very happy in the near future.  In the meantime, he can impact on special teams and in nickel and dime packages while he learns his position and gains the confidence needed to become your starting free safety.