Philadelphia Eagles: Grading the 2017 rookie draft class
RB Corey Clement, UDFA
Sometimes it’s unbelievable to remember that Corey Clement came onto the Eagles as an undrafted free agent. When word got around that the Eagles would be signing the former Wisconsin Badger, everybody in Philadelphia made themselves familiar with the hometown kid real quick.
Clement was a part of a very deep backfield in 2017, but he made himself a standout throughout the season. In fact, Clement became Doug Pederson’s favorite running back on third down and red zone situations despite having LeGarrette Blount on board. It wasn’t even a guarantee that Clement would make the squad back in August. Now he’s become a fan favorite after an impressive rookie effort.
When Darren Sproles went down in the third week of the season, Clement got his shot and never looked back. It all started with a ten-yard touchdown run to keep the Eagles in the game. Which eventually led to an emotional last-second victory. Ever since then, Clement made himself a reliable weapon. Not only in the regular season, but in the playoffs too.
Had it not been for a dominant Super Bowl showing for Nick Foles, Clement could’ve legitimately been the MVP on the biggest stage of football. That’s just how good he was. And even as a running back, Clement led the team in receiving yards with 100 yards and a touchdown. After his monster performance on national television, I think it’s safe to say that some teams will regret not taking Clement in the later rounds.