With three 100-yard-plus rushing efforts over his last four games, Wisconsin RB Corey Clement is in the midst of one of the best stretches in his collegiate career.
But not every NFL team is enthralled with the senior Badgers standout.
NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein reached out to a few pro scouts to ask them about potential prospects for a recent post, and some of the critiques on Clement’s game were more than a little pointed:
“I never got the hype on Corey Clement. He’s a bull-in-a-china-shop back. I mean, he runs hard, don’t get me wrong, but playing in the NFL is about more than running hard. I see him as just another (running) back.”
Zierlein wrote that he’d be surprised if the New Jersey native was picked before the fourth round. Nevertheless, NFLDraftScout.com rates Clement as the top senior tailback available in the 2017 NFL Draft.
The piece touched on a few other upperclassmen, including venerated Indiana guard Dan Feeney. As one AFC scout said of the Hoosiers blocker:
“You have to go back and look at his tape from last year because of the concussion (he suffered earlier this season) and then having to play some tackle. I still thought he was a third- or fourth-rounder after watching him. I just question his power at the point. I think he’s a zone blocker. You don’t draft those guys early.”
Feeney missed four games earlier this season after suffering a concussion. His Hoosiers (5-4) host surging Penn State (7-2) this weekend; Clement’s Badgers (7-2) host Illinois (3-6).