Draft Scout Snapshot: DS Rating on 8/24/08: #7 FS, #127/750 Overall, Projected Rnd: 4-5
2008: Started all thirteen games at free safety, despite missing most of the Kentucky contest with a knee sprain…Participated in 699 plays, recording 94 tackles (62 solos) with three stops for losses totaling 20 yards…Had seven pass deflections and two interceptions for 43 yards and a touchdown…Helped the Tigers rank third in the Atlantic Coast Conference and tied for 12th nationally in pass defense (172.54 ypg), place 10th in the country with a 101.74 pass efficiency defense rating, finish 18th in the country in total defense (299.92 ypg) and place 13th in the NCAA and second in the league in scoring defense (17.31 ppg)...Clemons joined present teammates Aaron Kelly and Akeem Robinson as the school record-holders for career games (51)…Started his final 39 contests at free safety…His 323 tackles (203 solos) and 2,408 snaps participated in rank fifth among defensive backs in school history…Made six stops for losses of 27 yards and caused one fumble…Batted away 20 passes and intercepted five others for 102 yards in returns, including one touch-down...2007: 13 GP; 13 GS; 46 Sol-78 TT, 2 TFL, 2 INT, 2 PBU; Third-leading tackler on a Clemson defense that was ranked in the top 25 in all four major areas...a big reason Clemson was in the top 15 in the nation in passing defense and pass efficiency defense...a sure tackler at safety who has an impact on rushing defense... had 94 tackles, third-most on the team...has 196 tackles over the last two seasons...started every game (26) the last two years and has played 38 in a row over three years...has 229 career tackles, most among active Tigers...had four double-figure tackle games in 2008, including a season high 15 against Auburn in the Chick-fil-A bowl... has three career interceptions and 13 career pass breakups for 16 passes defended... has played over 700 snaps each of the last two years...played 821 snaps in 2007, highest among the defensive players... 2006: 13 GP; 13 GS; 61 Sol-102 TT, 1 TFL, 1 INT, 8 PBU, 1 FF; Among the top 12 tacklers in the ACC; he had 102 tackles, second-most on the team...led the secondary in tackles and led the team in passes defended (9)...had 41 tackles in the last three games of the regular season, including a season-high 17 against N.C. State; that tied for the most tackles in a game by a Tiger all season... 2005: 12 GP; 0 GS; 19 Sol-33 TT; Had four tackles each in four of the 12 games, including against #16 Florida State...one of only two freshmen to record at least one tackle in every game; he was third among freshmen in tackles...second on the team in special teams tackles (10)... 2004: Red-shirted.
Post-Draft Outlook: A closer look at the Dolphins' picks: Round 5/165 -- Chris Clemons, S, 6-0, 208, Clemson...Speed burner ran a 4.33 at the Combine but the three-year starter lacks technique and tackling skills. Destined for the practice squad. - by The Sports Xchange