NFL teams and scouts have gotten in the trend of looking for athletes that have played multiple sports and multiple positions. Rodney Clemons played basketball and football for powerhouse Katy High School in Texas and fits the multisport athlete description to a tee. SMU has started to produce its share of talent over the past few years and adding Clemons to the list of NFL alumni is a solid bet.
Clemons was a four-year starter at SMU and improved every season he played. Clemons picked off seven passes and knocked 27 passes away from opposing wide receivers. Clemons is aggressive when it comes to defending the pass or positioning himself to make a tackle. The biggest positive in Clemons’ game is his nose for the football, he can track the football well and will make a play on the ball.
Clemons needs to improve on identifying and diagnosing the run, which should come with time and snaps played in the NFL. The other key area I would like to see Clemons improve upon is his speed. Clemons will have to improve his speed to deal with the double moves that wide receivers and tight ends will throw at him.
I look for Clemons to go in the early-sixth round. Clemons is raw, but he has talent and I would expect him to make a roster after training camp is completed. A team with an established starter at safety may select Clemons and allow him to gain some seasoning. The talent and potential is there for Clemons, now all that is left for him to do is develop and become an NFL player.