Mark Clayton Vitals
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Scout.com Draft Ranking: 22nd overall, 4th at position
Projected draft slot: Mid- to late first round
Strengths: Clayton is a natural receiver polished in all aspects of the game. He's an intelligent pass catcher who consistently finds the open spot in the defense, displays an excellent sense of timing as well as concentration. He gets off the line quickly, sells his routes and displays quickness into breaks, immediately positioning himself to make the reception upon exit.
Weaknesses: Undersized and has difficulty in a battle. Gives effort blocking yet gets marginal results. Not a true burner who possesses top end speed.
Capping off a terrific college career with a good showing in the Senior Bowl, Clayton lacks the pure size to be a number one wide out yet is a savvy ballhandler who can be a very productive second receiver for a team.
If the Redskins are indeed looking for a receiver and they trade back into a spot in the late teens or early twenties in the draft, they will have to take a hard look at Mark Clayton.
A team looking for a player that can stretch the field and turn a 5-yard slant into a 65-yard gain—and the Redskins are certainly looking for big plays--can't go wrong with Clayton.
Had he been two inches taller, Clayton would be the number one receiver on many draft boards. He doesn't miss many catches and has the athleticism to go up and play like a 6-foot-2 receiver.
During the Senior Bowl week of practices, he turned many heads, including those of his teammates.
"Mark Clayton had a great week," Connecticut quarterback Dan Orlovsky said. "He has really shown why he went to Oklahoma and had such a great career."
Said one NFL head coach: "He is quick, very thick and put together. Pound for pound he is going to be one of the strongest wideouts in this draft. I like the way he gets out of breaks. Almost appears to be double-jointed. Very loose. Gets out of his cuts at full speed. He has a knack for the big play. I think after the catch the kid is pretty darn good."
A Scout.com report, also from the Senior Bowl, was also glowing:
At one of the so-called skill positions, Oklahoma wide receiver Mark Clayton has caught the eye of many in attendance. This polished, natural athlete has caught almost every pass thrown his way, even some of the spectacular variety. From beating big defenders in the short field to outracing cornerbacks down the sideline, Clayton is silencing the critics which questioned his ability to be productive at the next level.Fit With Redskins
The key to this is in the "Quick Take" section. Clayton can be a very productive #2 receiver, one who has the ability to pick up the yards after the catch that the Redskins have been sorely missing over the past decade or so. At this moment, however, the team has a roster loaded with #2 receivers and no true #1. That would seem to preclude the Redskins taking Clayton, despite both his physical tools and how great his knack for turning a short pass into a big gain would look in Burgundy and Gold.