Scouting Report: Mark Clayton

Benefiting from playing in a passing offense, Oklahoma's Mark Clayton has been ultra-productive the past two seasons. Yet even with that Clayton is a top prospect for the April's draft and could be selected very early.

Full Name:  Mark Clayton  School:  Oklahoma

Ht:   5-11  Wt:  187 40:  4.45

The Good: Game controlling receiver who consistently comes away at the difficult catch.  Settles into the open spot of the defense, goes up in a crowd and fearless over the middle.  Uses his body to shield away opponents, then easily adjusts backwards and catches the errant throw running full speed.  Terrific job contorting in midair for the difficult grab and concentration throughout the action.  Easily defeats jams at a lot of scrimmage or takes a pounding and holds onto the pass.  Possesses both strong and soft hands.  Very quick transitioning from making the reception to running after the catch and shows speed in the open field.  Plays with great balance and body control.  Has of sense of timing and anticipation laying out for the tough grab.  Solid downfield blocker.

The Bad: Must improve the footwork of his route running.  Lacks top size.

The Skinny:  While he has the advantage of playing in a passing offense, Clayton still possesses the physical skills and football wherewithal to make an impact at the next level.  Outstanding in the underneath coverage, Clayton is also deceptively fast and has the ability to break games wide open.  May not pass the eyeball test as far as size\speed numbers are concerned yet an outstanding prospect that justifiably deserves top 15 consideration next April.  

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