Wisconsin running back Corey Clement, who somehow wasn’t taken in the NFL Draft, has signed with the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent.
The Philadelphia Eagles were unable to land a true No. 1 running back in the 2017 NFL Draft. They came close, but no cigar.
Luckily, they were able to sign Wisconsin running back Corey Clement as an undrafted free agent, who surprisingly went unclaimed after 253 selections in the draft.
Clement, who grew up roughly 30 minutes outside of Philadelphia, made the signing official via Twitter on Saturday.
In four seasons at Wisconsin, Clement ran for 3,092 yards and 36 touchdowns with an average of 5.4 yards per carry. Last season, he ran for a career-best 1,375 yards and 15 touchdowns in 13 games.
Unfortunately, Clement’s off-field reputation isn’t squeaky clean. In 2015, he was charged with two counts of disorderly conduct for punching a man after a verbal argument. If Clement can keep his head in the game, he could become an extremely useful player for the Eagles in 2017.
Here is a scouting report on Clement, courtesy of NFL.com.
"STRENGTHS: Carved-up beach body with impressive definition throughout. Has athletic ability NFL teams desire from the position. Utilizes explosive, sudden jump-cut to bound like a deer from gap to gap. Combination of lower body power and balance through contact allows him to run through weak tackle attempts. Able to elude defenders who bolt into the backfield. Lateral quickness and speed to the edge appear to be in order. Looks most comfortable as an outside runner. Sinks hips for sharper one-cut approach on outside zone plays. Able to string jump-cuts together to slalom around multiple tacklers from first to second level. Has shown enough speed in open field to hit the home run during his career.WEAKNESSES: Scouts have labeled him “entitled” and question his football character and leadership. Had 2015 season washed away due to injury, attitude and an off-field incident. One speed, monotonous approach as a runner. Lacks burst and drags feet through hole, allowing defenders to get hands on him. Impatient. Runs up the back of blockers rather than allowing plays to develop. Missing improvisational talent and finesse. Not an instinctive runner and lacks feel for development of running lanes between the tackles. Can be indecisive and very impatient. Seems to be waiting for the next jump-cut rather than punching the gas downhill. Can be hit-or-miss with his reads on outside zone plays. Rarely in on obvious passing downs."