Finding Broncos: Scouting Wisconsin Running Back Corey Clement

Erick Trickel breaks down Wisconsin's enigmatic running back Corey Clement. Could he fit the Broncos needs?

Corey Clement, Running Back, Wisconsin Badgers

Combine Measurements 

Height: 5-foot-10

Weight: 220 pounds

Arms: 30-½ inches

Hands: 9-¾ inches

Combine Results 

40-Yard Dash: 4.68 seconds

Bench Press (225 lbs): 19 reps

Vertical Jump: 28.5 inches

Broad Jump: 115 inches

Medical History

Sports hernia, hand injury.


Suffered hand injury punching someone in an elevator then lied to Wisconsin staff about it. Entitled and arrogant on and off the field. Serious concerns all over about his character.


Year Rush Att Yards TD Receptions Yards TD
2013 67 547 7 1 9 0
2014 147 949 9 14 119 2
2015 48 221 5 2 19 0
2016 314 1,375 15 12 132 0


Has NFL athleticism and body. Has good explosion. Can string jump cuts together to avoid would-be tacklers. Has enough speed to be a home run hitter.

Comfortable runner between the tackles and outside. Can escape the backfield with defenders in it. Good quickness laterally. Lower body power is really good. Has great balance.


Character and medical are at the top of the list. Only a one-gear runner, and doesn’t change his pace. Low burst, but a momentum runner. Impatient and too quick to the line at times, which puts him in the face of defenders.

No instincts as a runner. Will run over blockers at times instead of using his jump cuts to get around them. Dances with his jump cuts too much.

Needs to settle down, see it and go more often. Mediocre reading of zone plays. Limited scheme wise. Not a third down threat whatsoever.


Clement has talent to be a two-down back in a zone scheme or one-cut scheme, and only as part of a committee. The character and medical will put a lot of teams off.

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He lacks the vision and patience to be a really good zone runner. He doesn’t seem to have the natural ability and instincts, which also turns teams off.

Fit With The Broncos

Clement should be off their board with medical alone. The Broncos have enough issues dealing with injuries to their running backs — they don’t need another. He also should be off the board for character concerns.

Players on the team won’t take to his entitled arrogance that put off teammates at Wisconsin. He should also be off the board for being a poor fit with scheme and ability. Just no way should he be considered by the Denver Broncos.

Draft Grade: Undrafted

Where He Goes: Round 5-6

Insider's Take: Per sources, at the Combine, Clement was consistently mentioned as a poor interviewer. All these concerns about how he acts and thinks of himself are legitimate, and when one team scout called him on it, he pulled a “I'm a player and better than you” kind of response. 

Erick Trickel is the Senior Draft Analyst for Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ErickTrickel.

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