The 2017 NFL Draft is less than a month away and fans of all teams across the country are wondering: who is my team going to draft?
For New York Giants fans, the answer seems simple: a running back. The upcoming draft has one of the deepest running back selection the NFL has ever seen. With studs like Leonard Fournette of LSU and Dalvin Cook of Florida State on the board, the league is sure to see the Rookie of the Year award be given to a running back.
After missing majority of the 2015 season with a hernia injury, the New Jersey native wanted to redeem himself and bounce back strong, Adrian Peterson style. In his final season as a Badger, Clement ran for 1,375 yards and scored 15 touchdowns, earning him first-team All-Big Ten honors and an invite to the Senior Bowl. Through his four years playing for Wisconsin, Clement had 15 100-yard rushing games, 3,092 yards, and 36 touchdowns.
Standing at 5’10” 220 pounds, Clement’s size and strength allows him to break through gaps and tackles with ease. However, he didn’t produce like many thought he would at the Combine. Clement ran a slow 4.68 40-yard dash. His athletic ability keeps scouts interested, but his speed is something of concern and one that would need to be worked on in training camp.
The Giants currently hold the 23rd overall pick in this year’s draft. Are they going to use it on a running back or fix the holes in their offensive line? If they do pick a running back, picking Clement would be a reliable choice, especially since their starter Shane Vereen is coming off an injury-plagued season.