Chris Clemons vs. DeAndre McDaniel

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The obvious is that there are many red flags on McDaniels scouting report, stemming from drinking and driving to assault.  For a complete scouting report, please check out the following article

Now there are people out there, that believe that we are giving up on Chris Clemons, a former 5th round selection, but I don’t see (based on a talent perspective) how Clemons got drafted and McDaniels did not.  Since I am firm believer that numbers don’t lie, let’s review their collegiate careers:

College Stats – DeAndre McDaniel

2010 75 43 32 0 0 0 0 0 4 33 8 33 0 0
2009 98 58 40 2 0 0 1 9 8 182 23 77 1 0
2008 69 48 21 0 0 0 3 0 1 1 1 1 0 0
2007 33 19 14 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
Total 275 168 107 2 0 0 4 0 15 216 32 111 1 0


College Stats – Chris Clemons

2008 82 51 31 0 0 0 0 0 2 43 22 32 1 0
2007 78 35 43 0 0 0 0 0 2 49 25 31 0 0
2006 92 37 55 0 0 0 1 0 1 10 10 10 0 0
2005 28 15 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 280 138 142 0 0 0 1 0 5 102 57 73 1 0


Difference – McDaniel compared to Clemons

TOT -2%
Solo 18%
AST -33%
SACK 100%
FF 75%
INT 67%
YDS 53%
LNG 35%


Special Note:
Stats extracted from ESPN.COM
Difference calculated (a-b)/a

Reviewing the difference table we can easily see that, McDaniels dominated Clemons in the following categories: Solo tackles, sacks, forced fumbles, interceptions, and Interception yards.

Correct me if I am wrong, but if you are playing the Robber technique in Nolan’s 3-4 Defense, aren’t the above categories the most important ones?

You want to make sure that your Robber can make the tackle by himself, being the last line of defense…check

You want your Robber to go after the QB when the hit or spy coverage is called….check

You want your Robber to make a play in the secondary, and then also take the opportunity and turn it into points (Forced Fumbles and INT and INT Yards)….check

I don’t know how our Front Office gave Clemons a 5th round grade, but didn’t even think of drafting McDaniels.  Regardless of what he did off the field; it’s what on the field that counts.  I for one think we didn’t address the Robber position, and this leaves me with the feeling that we the fans once again got robbed.

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  • YO YO

    Nice Post Bahamas. Great read and nice analysis. Hopefully we will bring DeAndre in for a visit.

    • bahamas

      Thanks Yo

      I mean there is no harm or and there is no cost in bringing him in. If anything he will add competition to one of our weakest positions. Didnt Tony say he wants healthy competition for every position? well here is chance to prove it.

  • andre

    all the team in the league fell like he going to be a distraction. not 1 team was willing to take a chance on him thats saying something

  • Mike

    While I’m on board with moving on from C. Clemons, I’m more of the opinion that R. Jones should be starting. That guy made an immediate impact when he was given playing time late in the season. He singlehandedly killed a drive for one team on 3 straight plays. Wish I could remember the game. That being said I’d LOVE to DeAndre McDaniel compete with Reshad Jones. Those numbers don’t lie. He was a very productive college FS and hopefully he will get a chance to come here and contribute the same way.

    • bahamas

      Mike you are talking about the game against the Titans. Yes he played really well that game, but you can’t judge one player on one game. Remember we did that with AJ Feely….didnt really work out for us.
      DeAndre is the complete package for FS, and would automatically upgrade our secondary

      • Mike

        I agree 100% about judging a guy on one game, but that was the first action Jones had seen all year. Then he was buried on the depth chart again. Seems like he earned his reps during that game, but was put back on the bench. I’m all for an upgrade either way. I do think that Jones earned a shot to be the starter. His college numbers were great as well.

  • Ian

    I was really hoping the Phins would’ve drafted Free Safety Rahim Moore. He’s a ballhawk. He wasn’t ranked as a first round player, but I don’t care. He would have more impact on the Phins than Pouncey.

  • Gregory Brandyburg

    What the Dolphins need is continuity on Offense and Defense. If they(the Dolphins) want to give him(DeAndre McDaniel) a look, fine. But the starting FS position should be earned in training camp between C.Clemons and R. Jones.

  • bsawyerphinphan

    Deandre McDaniel had a fractured wrist. He fractured the scaphoid bone in his right wrist at Auburn in week two, and played with a cast or heavy wrap the rest of the season. This also accounts for his downturn in INTs.

    Following the season, he says he elected to not have surgery in order to concentrate on his training for the draft. A lot of teams were turned off by the injury still being there. The man is a special player, and will make a roster somewhere and star in the future.