With the eighth pick of the sixth round of the 2015 NFL draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have selected wide receiver Kaelin Clay out of Utah. Clay played only one year at Utah, having been at Mt. San Antonio Junior College for three years prior to that.
At 5'10", 195 lbs, Clay has typical slot receiver size. He has good speed, but isn't blazingly fast with a 4.51-second 40-yard dash at the combine. He's more likely to fit as a return specialist than a receiver, however. The Bucs have been looking for a dedicated returner for a year now, and Clay certainly fills that role: he managed three punt returns for touchdowns last year, and added a kickoff return for a touchdown as well. He has to stop doing this, though:
Slot receiver lacking suddenness to get open against man coverage underneath, but with a second gear to find separation on deep throws. Clay's size and playmaking ability as a receiver aren't going to do much for most teams, but his return ability gives him a shot at making a team.
Enjoy some of his junior college highlights:
The Bucs have one pick left, the fourteenth pick of the seventh round. Stick with us as we cover that pick, offer analysis of the draft as a whole and cover the undrafted free agents the Bucs will be signing immediately following the draft.
|1||1||1||Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State|
|2||2||34||Donovan Smith, T, Penn State|
|2||29||61||Ali Marpet, G, Hobart|
|4||25||124||LB Kwon Alexander, LSU|
|5||26||162||WR Kenny Bell, Nebraska|