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Diehl is a classic sledgehammer fullback. He handles any blocking assignment he's handed from blitz pickup to straight-ahead drive blocking, and he almost always gets the job done with authority. Diehl also played on punt and kick coverages, kickoff returns, and won Clemson's Hustle and Dedication awards. He's a high-effort player and delivers high-impact blocks but won't likely carve a niche in an NFL offense beyond blowing open running lanes and giving up his body in short-yardage on occasion. The need for such role players has thinned, but many teams will be eager to acquire his services in the middle of the draft's third day.
Strengths: Has a stout physique and excels at blocking. Accelerates off the snap, stays low, bends knees, sinks hips, punches well, and almost always hits the mark. Has good power and will drive defenders back. Has a comfortable set in pass protection and knows how to use hands effectively.
Weaknesses: Doesn't offer much more than blocking. Is not a great athlete. Not fast and doesn't turn that well either. Was not given much opportunity to do anything except block in college.
NFL Comparison: Quinn Johnson - Tennessee Titans
Had two carries for four yards, four catches for 13 yards, and 13 yards on one kickoff return in 322 snaps over 13 games (10 starts)...had 34 knockdowns...had a carry against Presbyterian College and a carry against Maryland...had two catches for eight yards against Georgia Tech and one catch for four yards at Florida State...had a catch against #17 South Carolina...had five knockdowns at #15 Auburn...had five knockdowns against #16 Miami (FL)...had six knockdowns at Bos¬ton College...had four knockdowns against #23 N.C. State.
Played 184 snaps and had three carries and two recep¬tions...had 17 snaps and five knockdown blocks in the win over Kentucky in the Music City Bowl, he received great attention for his blocking in that game from the ESPN announcers...had three kickoff returns in 2009 on short kicks as opponents tried to avoid first-team All-America return specialist C.J. Spiller...had two rushes for five yards against Wake Forest...consistently received film grades in the 80s from his coaches for his blocking.
Played 162 snaps, but did not carry the ball on a running play; he was a lead blocker for many first downs gained by James Davis and C.J. Spiller...touched the ball three times; he had a six-yard catch against The Citadel, an 11-yard kickoff return against N.C. State, and a 13-yard kickoff return against #24 Florida State...had 18 knockdown blocks, including a season-high five against S.C. State...a key to Clem¬son’s running-game success against South Carolina when he played 33 snaps...had four starts, all away from home...played 12 snaps as a reserve against Nebraska in the Gator Bowl.
Red-shirted...his year was cut short by a broken leg suf¬fered against Furman, as he received a medical red-shirt...played just eight snaps on offense in three games, but he was a valuable special teams player.
Rated as the #18 fullback in the nation according to CollegeFootballNews.com…#19 fullback in the nation by Scout.com…#27 player in South Carolina according to SuperPrep…#21 prospect in the state by Rivals.com…#22 prospect in the state by CUTigers.com…MVP of the North-South High School All-Star game…all-state and all-regiona pick…played offensive guard, linebacker, and fullback at James F. Byrnes High…had 111 tackles, seven sacks, 16 quarterback pressures, 19 tackles for loss, and four caused fumbles as a senior…had 141 tackles and 12 tackles for loss as a junior…recruited by Inside Linebackers Coach David Blackwell…played with fellow Clemson signees Xavier Dye, Stanley Hunter, and Willy Korn at James F. Byrnes High…chose Clemson over Duke, Marshall, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest.
Born Feb. 5, 1989.
Draft Scout Player News
03/08/12 - Clemson Pro Day: FB Chad Diehl (6-2, 260) took a hard blow to the head during Senior Bowl practice and missed that all-star game, then got a double dose of disappointment when he didn't receive an invitation to the NFL Combine. So Clemson's Pro Day was a chance for him to shine, and the burly back came through with a 31-inch vertical jump, a 4.9 40 and 28 reps of 225 pounds -- numbers good enough to reaffirm his status as one of the top five fullbacks available in the draft. He may be hurt by the fact that few NFL teams use traditional fullbacks, particularly those with limited pass-catching skills, but his ability to overpower defenders at the point of attack is unquestioned. Diehl may be a late-round pick or may have to go the free-agent route, but is bound to end up sticking on a roster somewhere after proving his worth as a special teams player. - NFLDraftScout.com