Saturday, April 24, 2010

Eagles select Oklahoma LB Keenan Clayton with 121st pick

-Courtesy of NFL.com

Keenan Clayton (LB)

 Height: 6'1"
 Weight: 229 lbs.
 College: Oklahoma

Overview

Clayton was a productive two-year starter for the Sooners' defense. He lacks great size for the position but is a good athlete who shows quickness and range in pursuit. He is a solid open-field tackler, keeping good body positioning and level in space. He is a competitive linebacker but isn't great to take on and shed effectively (especially versus interior power run schemes). He has the lateral agility and quickness to be an effective zone coverage defender but is inconsistent with his angles to the ball as well as biting on run fakes, which gets him out of position. Clayton is a good football player but is limited due to his size, which likely will relegate him to a back-up role and special teams duty.

Strengths
Clayton is a solid athlete with a quick first step. Possesses good balance and lateral agility to make plays in space. Technically sound tackler who delivers shots and wraps effectively. Fluid player who drops smoothly and flashes the ability to react to underneath routes. Very productive in the Big-12.

Weaknesses
Lacks adequate bulk and struggles to disengage from blockers. Disappears in power running schemes directed at his side. Does not have the top-end speed to be a true sideline-to-sideline player and cannot stick with running backs and tight ends in man coverage. Struggles to recognize route progressions and falls for the play-action too often.
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