Confirming reports from late last week, the Dallas Cowboys have now worked out their second projected quarterback in former Oregon QB Kellen Clemens, TheRanchReport.com has learned.
Clemens is only the second quarterback confirmed by TheRanchReport.com that the Dallas Cowboys have shown significant interest in this off-season. The other quarterback is Clemson's Charlie Whitehurst.
As a senior with the Ducks in 2005, Clemens completed 185-of-289 passes for 2,406 yards, 19 touchdowns and just four interceptions. His final year was shortened by three games due to a fractured ankle.
Clemens underwent successful surgery in late October to repair the injury. The procedure consisted of inserting a screw toward the top of the ankle to pull the fibula and tibia together as well as attaching a metal plate to aid the healing process of a spiral fracture in the fibula.
While many scouts have questioned his recovery, Clemens put many of those fears to rest last month when he was clocked at 4.96 in the 40-yard dash during Oregon's Pro Day. "Getting down below that 5.0 mark was important," Clemens said in a recent interview with OregonLive.com.
While Dallas is happy with starting quarterback Drew Bledsoe, the team is still considering several options for the future, including current backups Drew Henson and Tony Romo.
Henson, who is performing well in NFL Europe this spring, may hold the key to the future. If the Cowboys feel he can step in for Bledsoe in the next two to three years, the team will likely hold off on drafting a quarterback. If not, the Cowboys will look towards the draft both this year and next.
Scout.com currently ranks Clemens as the No. 7 overall quarterback available for the 2006 draft.
Full Name: Kellen Clemens School: Oregon Pos: QB
Ht: 6-1.5 Wt: 224 40: 4.94 Year: 5Sr
Bio: Three-year starter who totaled 64%/2,406/19/4 in eight games last season before fracturing his ankle. Junior numbers included 59.9%/2,548/22/10.
Pos: High-percentage thrower who is best in the short passing game. Sells ball fakes, and displays an excellent sense of timing. Knows where his receivers are on the field and hits targets as they leave breaks. Finds the safety, displays excellent pocket awareness and very accurate in the short field. Does not wilt under pressure or make poor choices.
Neg: Cannot drive passes down the field nor zip intermediate throws. Stares down primary targets. Cannot elude the rush.
Analysis: Benefiting from a system implemented by coordinator Gary Crowton last season, Clemens took his game to another level before the injury. A solid choice in the middle rounds for a West Coast offensive squad.