Scouting Report: Clive Walford

Let's take a look at the scouting report on Raiders 3rd round draft pick (No. 68 overall) TE Clive Walford according to NFL.com.

Strengths:

Becoming a very reliable blocker. Is tough enough and physical enough to be a play-side blocking tight end on zone runs. Bends and explodes from hips into his targets and sustains with a good base. Will drive smaller linebackers off the line of scrimmage in run game. Has lined up in-line, slot and as an H-back. Has the physical build and enough quickness to threaten the seam. Turns head and locates the ball quickly. Can make contested catches. Has NFL run-after-catch ability. At home in a physical matchup. Has long arms and big hands.

**Weaknesses: 

The Oakland Raiders 10-man 2015 Draft Class arrived at the facility in preparation for this weekend's Rookie Mini-Camp.

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Focus drops were a big problem for Walford from 2012-2013 (10 drops). Needs work in sinking hips into breaks. Will round off out routes and allow defender angles to break on the pass. Scouts say his play speed has been inconsistent and there are questions about what his timed speed will be. Not the same factor in run blocking when asked to play move-tight-end role.

NFL Comparison:

Dwayne Allen

What General Manager Reggie McKenzie Said:

"We saw Clive as a complete tight end. He's not only a receiver or a blocker-only type guy. He's a guy that's big and strong enough to pound it versus the D-linemen, and he can flex out and run the routes and be that pass receiver. He's pretty much the total package when you're looking at a complete tight end. We didn't think he was one dimensional."

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