What I Learned Watching: Chad Clay

Matt DeBary takes a look at Peachtree Ridge DB Chad Clay's film.

Chad Clay is a versatile Athlete that plays DB, WR and returns kicks for the Peachtree Ridge Lions. Listed at 6’1, 164 lbs., Clay will most likely line up at corner at the next level. I was able to watch Clay play against North Gwinnett this past fall, as well as the rising seniors game. He didn’t exactly struggle during the games, but he didn’t stand out to me either.

On film, Clay shows that he can be a good cover guy. At 6’1, he has good size, but sometimes lets the receiver get behind him. He can close on the ball well and showed good quickness, but he would have gotten beat deep a few times with a better throw. He played off the receiver quite a bit, so I would really like to see him in press coverage. I would also like to see more physical play from him in general. He has a more finesse game, which is fine, but I think he needs to be a little more physical in order to be successful at the next level.

Against North Gwinnett, Clay had a decent game, but it wasn’t memorable. He was good in coverage at times, but North Gwinnett had success throwing the ball the entire game, which led to a 51-24 win. In the loss, Clay did have a couple of impressive returns on special teams. He showed good speed when he had the ball, and made multiple defenders miss him.

In the rising seniors game, Clay’s name was not mentioned much. I think he made a couple of tackles in the game, but nothing stood out to me that night. The only thing I remember was Clay getting beat deep for a touchdown. I believe it was either Mecole Hardman or Dorian Anderson who beat him deep.

Overall, Clay is a good player who is extremely competitive. Off the field he definitely looks the part of a college defensive back, and he has the height that many coaches are looking for. He can still struggle at times, but if put in the right place with the right coaches, I think Chad Clay can make an impact late in his career.

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