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Chris Clemons

OLB | (6-3, 236, 4.71) | Georgia
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Uncle is Charlie Clemons, a free-agent middle linebacker with the Saints. Started the season opener on defense when Boss Bailey injured his knee on the opening kickoff as a true freshman in 2000. Had seven tackles in that game but missed time with a shoulder injury. Played in all 11 games and started three in '01. Started 11-of-14 games at weakside linebacker in '02, when he had 53 tackles, 4½ tackles for loss, one sack and broke up two passes. Even Georgia head coach Mark Richt said Clemons' decision to leave school one year early "didn't make sense."

Positives: Has NFL-caliber size, speed and can be sudden. Takes on lead blockers and plays the run and tackles well. Likes to blitz but needs work in that area.

Negatives: Doesn't have nearly the experience teams desire and still makes mistakes you would expect from a college sophomore or junior-college transfer. Plays way too high and doesn't protect himself. Has marginal ability to key and diagnose and isn't aggressive in that he allows opponents to dictate the action. Can't get off blocks regularly and will look confused in zone coverage.

Summary: Is not the athlete his teammate Boss Bailey is, but Clemons is likely a first-day pick. Had he returned for his senior season, he was more likely to be a first-round pick.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.