Originally Published: Apr 7, 2011 9:21 PM CDT
It can be a blessing and a curse to be a jack of all trades, but a master of none. T-Us Charles Clay was praised, and rightfully so, for his ability to play multiple positions for the Golden Hurricane. During his college days Clay played H-back, tight end, tailback, fullback, wildcat quarterback and was on several special teams units.
But NFL scouts are a bit concerned that Clay never mastered any one particular spot. They say that hes not quick enough to play tailback, not a good enough lead blocker to be a full-time fullback and not big enough to play tight end.
The ever-positive Clay views his versatility as nothing but a plus. During Senior Bowl practices, NFL personnel told Clay that his ability to play multiple positions is attractive because it frees up roster spots. If Clay can be a backup fullback and tight end as well as a special teams standout, a team might be able to carry an extra defensive back or offensive lineman.
And Clay is an easy guy to root for. Golden Hurricane Coach Bill Blankenship says that when they go out recruiting they are looking for the next Charles Clay but, "Ive never coached anyone like him."
Clay is expected to be picked anywhere from round 4 through 7 in the NFL draft.
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