2012 NFL Draft Sleepers: Denver Broncos Should Add CU Prospect WR Toney Clemons

Jason MuckleySenior Analyst IIApril 7, 2012

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 24:  Toney Clemons #17 of the Colorado Buffaloes celebrates his touchdown in the first half against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on September 24, 2011 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Colorado 37-17.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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The University of Colorado Buffaloes weren't the most dynamic offensive attack in the Pac-12 last year. They only won three games out of 13, but their top wide receiver, Toney Clemons turned heads with his lightning fast 4.36-second 40-yard dash at the Buffaloes pro day in early March.

Other events that Clemons dazzled in was his broad jump, coming in at 10'8", and his 36-inch vertical.

A transfer from the University of Michigan after a mediocre sophomore campaign in 2008, Clemons increased his 2010 yards per catch number of 11.2, to 15.8 in 2011. He racked up 680 yards and eight touchdowns his senior year.

Clemons looks like a late-round pick due to his unspectacular college career, and if the Broncos have the opportunity with a late pick, Clemons could be a great fit. Especially if the Broncos decide to go a different direction from wideout in Round 1. Most believe that Denver’s greatest need is at defensive tackle, and the 2012 draft is flush with top DT prospects with huge measurements.

Clemons is a bit on the smaller side at 6’2” and 210 pounds, but I could see Denver using their final pick (in the sixth round) on Clemons if they have yet to make any other significant upgrades to their receiving corps.

The Broncos, however, may have some competition to acquire the late-round find, as the Pittsburgh Steelers invited Clemons into town recently for a pre-draft visit. (In fact, Clemons claims every team, except the Patriots and Giants, have contacted him.)

Assuming they retain standout Mike Wallace, the Steelers already have many receivers on the team. However, the Steelers may add him for special-teams speed as a return man, a need the Broncos look to fill as well with the departure of Eddie Royal.

Not only would Clemons offer some much-needed help for the Denver special teams, he has the deep threat playmaking ability. He has demonstrated great leaping ability, body control and aggressiveness throughout his collegiate career.

Being from a school like Colorado, who had a disappointing 2011 season, he will likely remain under the radar during the draft. However, in the later rounds, when team are willing to take more chances, adding Clemons for the Broncos offers huge upside.