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Ravens select...Mark Clayton, WR Oklahoma.
Everyone has been saying Clayton for weeks.
Not the OZ
Mark Clayton, WR, Oklahoma
Height: 5:10.3 Weight: 193
Overview: Called by many the finest receiver in the history of Oklahoma football, Clayton and quarterback Jason White were largely responsible for this traditionally ground-oriented team developing one of the best aerial attacks in college football. A terrific athlete, Clayton also gained notoriety for a selfless act off the field. He and teammate Lynn McGruder were nominated for the Football Writers Association's Most Courageous Award for their role in pulling victims from a serious automobile accident on I-35 south of Norman last summer. One of those they assisted was an OU coed. At Sam Houston (Arlington, Texas) High School, he was a member of the Dallas Morning News Top 100, Rivals.com Texas 100 and Prep Star All-Midlands Region squad. Mark was the second-leading receiver in District 7-5A as a senior after catching 55 passes for 831 yards and 13 touchdowns. He added All-District and All-Area honors that year and also excelled in track. Clayton red-shirted as a freshman at Oklahoma. He started eight of 13 games in 2001, making 46 catches for 524 yards (11.5 average) and three touchdowns, as he earned All-Big 12 Conference honorable mention. Despite starting only one game in 2002, he tied for the team lead with five touchdown catches. He also had 26 receptions for 416 yards (16.0 average) and made five tackles on special teams. A consensus All-Big 12 and All-American choice, Clayton would shatter school season-records as a junior. He hauled in 83 passes for 1,425 yards (17.2 average) and 15 touchdowns, surpassing the previous marks of 66 catches by Trent Smith (2001), 1,034 yards by Eddie Hinton (1968) and seven scores by Curtis Fagan (2000) and Jarrail Jackson (1999). Clayton would also add 62 yards on nine carries (6.9 average), 53 yards on three kickoff returns (17.7 average), 88 knockdown blocks and five tackles on special teams. Clayton would again earn All-Big 12 and All-American first-team honors as a senior. He did not match his 2003 figures, but still led the team with 66 receptions for 876 yards (13.3 average) and eight touchdowns. His 66 grabs matched Trent Smith for second on the school's season-record list and his 876 yards rank third on Oklahoma's annual record chart. Clayton also rushed four times for 11 yards (2.8 average), returned seven punts for 101 yards (14.4 average) and a score and gained 67 yards on three kickoff returns (22.3 average). In 52 games, Clayton started 36 times. He holds the school career records for receptions (221), receiving yards (3,241), touchdown catches (31) and 100-yard games (15). He had nine career multi-touchdown games and averaged one touchdown every 7.0 receptions during his career. Clayton surpassed the previous school records of 169 catches by Quentin Griffin (1999-2002), 2,009 yards by Antwone Savage (1999-2002) and 16 scores by Trent Smith (1999-2002). He closed out his career with 12 tackles (9 solos), 120 yards on six kickoff returns (20.0 average) and 101 yards on seven punt returns (14.4 average) with a score. He also totaled 82 yards on 14 carries (5.9 average).
Analysis: Positives... Very dangerous after the catch, showing excellent acceleration and a pull-away burst... Has quick feet to plant and make the first tackler miss... Best when lining up in a variety of slots, as he has the balance and body control to make the difficult catches from the inside slot or the quickness and lateral movement to be equally efficient on slants and fade routes... Has outstanding acceleration to uncover vs. man coverage and the speed to stretch and separate coming out of his stance... While not a blazer, he is sudden coming off the ball... Has the acceleration to run down poorly thrown passes... Pushes the field hard and closes the cushion quickly... Runs his routes aggressively, sticking it without any wasted movement... Reliable hands catcher who will not hesitate to extend for the ball in a crowd... Will sometimes revert to body catching, but he can reach out and go back and low to adjust... Has impressive vision and instinct as a ballcarrier, displaying the balance and hip wiggle to make defenderse miss.... Very aggressive blocker who is not shy to throw himself into the fray (see 2003 Texas game, where he registered twelve knockdowns).... Has the tools to be very effective at an inside slot... Shows good double moves to elude defenders in zone coverage... Despite his size, he uses his hands effectively to get a clean release off the line and dictate the route's progression... Has the sudden burst in his second gear to gain big yardage after the catch.
Negatives... Might not be strong enough to handle the physical game at the next level, but uses his hands efficiently to avoid the press... Runs crisp short area routes, but will sometimes take soft angles and round off his breaks... Needs to do a better job of throttling down vs. zone coverage.
Agility tests: 270-pound bench press... 255-pound power clean... 4.41 in the 40-yard dash... 2.64 20-yard dash... 1.53 10-yard dash... 4.07 20-yard shuttle... 11.08 60-yard shuttle... 6.95 three-cone drill... 36.5-inch vertical jump... 9'10" broad jump... 30 5/8-inch arm length... 9 1/8-inch hands... 21 Wonderlic score.
High school: Member of the Dallas Morning News Top 100, Rivals.com Texas 100 and PrepStar All-Midlands Region squad... Second leading receiver in District 7-5A as a senior after catching 55 passes for 831 yards and 13 TD... Averaged more than 15 yards per catch and 20 yards per carry while being named "all-district and all-area " HM All-State and first team all-district at wide receiver... Standout in track... Coached by Ken Ozee.
Personal: Has a 38-inch vertical leap, one of the best on the team... Born: July 2, 1982, in Oklahoma City to Antwyan Brown and JacQuetta Clayton... Communication major, favorite class at OU has been public speaking... Was a nominee, along with teammate Lynn McGruder, for the FWAA's Most Courageous Award for his role in pulling victims from a serious automobile accident on I-35 south of Norman last summer. One of those they assisted was an OU coed.
Good pick for them.
Baltimore has a knack for finding Pro Bowl quality players at the bottom of the first round. I wonder if Oz did it again.
Mark Clayton is a good pick for Baltimore.
Awesome pick for them sadly enough.......
At this point of the draft they got a steal IMHO. He is the real deal.