NFP Prospect Focus: Clive Walford and Nick O'Leary

Clive Walford – TE – Miami This year’s NFL draft is not full of quality depth at the tight end position. Still, there are a few that will come in and play and turn out to be very productive NFL players. One of those players is Miami tight end Clive Walford. At the Combine, Walford tested out as one of the more athletic tight ends in the group. He has good size for the position at 6’4 – 251. He didn’t show great speed, timing only 4.79, but his explosion (10’ standing long jump) and quickness were evident. He timed 4.57 in the 20 yard shuttle and 7.32 in the 3-cone which are good times for a player his size. At the Miami pro day a week ago, Walford chose not to run again, as he was bothered by a tight hamstring. All he did was run routes and, by all reports, looked smooth. Walford plays with good strength and power. He is a willing blocker and shows some pop when in-line blocking. He is an excellent blocker on the move. He needs to show a bit more explosiveness through his hips to become a top NFL blocker. As a route runner, he shows good route running ability, showing that he can break down going into cuts and has a nice burst coming out of cuts to get separation. In the Miami offense, he is used mainly as a short and medium range receiver, but he has the skills to get deep, which he showed at the Senior Bowl. Walford can be effective at either “Y” or as a move tight end. Like most coming out of college, he needs to get a little bigger and stronger but the natural traits are there. I see him being the second tight end drafted and he should go somewhere in the second round. LEARN TO SCOUT FROM GREG GABRIEL IN A THREE DAY FILM CLINIC WEBINAR MAY 15-17 Nick O’Leary – TE – Florida State There are very few tight ends in this class who have gotten much publicity as Nick O’Leary. He had a very productive career at one of the top programs in the country. As a junior in 2013, he caught 48 passes for 557 yards and 7 touchdowns and followed that up with another strong season in 2014 with 48 receptions for 618 yards and 6 touchdowns. While O’Leary plays some as an in-line tight end, he is best on the move. He lacks the size, strength and power to be effective as a “Y” in the NFL. At the Combine, O’Leary tested out to be an average athlete. He measured 6’3 – 252, but he had very short arms (29 ¾). He ran a slow 4.93 and was unable to try and improve on that time at the FSU pro day because of a hamstring problem. His agility drills were also average, timing 4.50 in the 20 yard shuttle and 7.41 in the 3-cone. His jumps were 30” in the vertical and 9’2” in the standing long jump. On tape, O’Leary looks and plays faster. He is a good route runner who is very effective uncovering on shorter routes. He can make quick cuts and shows good body control. The best part about his game is his hands. He is very sure handed and competes for the ball in traffic. While he will be occasionally used deep on seam routes, he lacks the speed to be a threat. After the catch he is an adequate runner with good run instincts. As a blocker, O’Leary shows a good willingness but he is not strong or powerful. He lacks the pop and strength to get any kind of movement. He is better when blocking on the move but still just above average at best. While O’Leary was a top college player, he lacks the physical traits to be drafted high in the NFL. His lack of speed, power and his short arms work against him. I don’t see him getting drafted before the third day. With his competitive nature being the way it is, he will make a club. He will be best of utilized as a combo fullback/H-back type. He also looks to have very good special teams potential. Follow Greg on Twitter @greggabe

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