Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Kaelin Clay NFL Draft 2015: Scouting Report for Tampa Bay's Rookie

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Team Stream NowB/R VideoMay 2, 2015

STRENGTHS

An electric return man with open-field vision and moves, Kaelin Clay will get a shot in the NFL. Clay's 4.46-second 40-yard dash time at his pro day is more in line with his game film. He's sudden and twitchy in the open field and can make defenders miss with speed or agility.

He can open up and take the top off the defense (see the Oregon game) and tracks the ball well away from his frame. He'll offer immediate contributions as a return man (he had three punts returned for scores in 2014) and can develop into a threat from the slot.

 

WEAKNESSES

Clay played just one year of FBS football after transferring from Mt. San Antonio Junior College. His film shows drops in the middle of the field and on the sideline—largely due to trying to get upfield before securing the ball.

He doesn't have great foot speed to get open underneath, and his stiff hips make him a limited change-of-direction route-runner. His short, choppy steps lead to a delay when breaking on routes and allow defenders to stick in his pocket. Clay's routes don't convince that he'll be able to get open in the NFL.

 

2014 STATISTICS

Receptions: 43      
Yards Receiving: 523      
Touchdowns: 4 

 

FINAL GRADE: 5.00/9.00 (Backup)

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