40 time: 4.78
Projection: Fourth Round
Overview: Former junior college player saw rotational usage in his first two years at Texas A&M, finally working his way into the starting role as a redshirt junior. After suffering an ankle injury in his senior year that limited him to five games, returned for a second senior year in 2021. An arrest in late August led to a suspension heading into the year, but he ended up playing most of the season.
Strengths: Frame is enormous and looms over opponents. Great length allows him to lock out and control linemen in the run game. Energetic with his hand usage. Bull rush has knock-back power and will catch tackles off guard. Good burst and closing speed in pursuit. Has experience as a stand-up rusher and could be used situationally as an outside linebacker. Massive wingspan makes him hard to shake for runners. High motor player who will win late in reps.
Weaknesses: Struggles to maintain leverage in the run game and it weakens his anchor. Lower half doesn't match his upper half in terms of power and strength. Lack of lateral agility makes it hard for him to run stunts or work inside counters. Flexibility and bend around the corner won't be adequate against NFL tackles. Late to shed in the run game and processing has too many lapses.
Pro Comp: Anthony Nelson, Buccaneers - Long-levered but unpolished was a great summary of Nelson coming out of Iowa, and Clemons is cut from the same cloth. Nelson gets out of the gates a little bit quicker, but Clemons converts speed to power more naturally. He should fall into a similar rotational role as the one Nelson has.