STRENGTHS: Impressive acceleration off the line to challenge down the seam. Quick, athletic receiver with the ability to catch the ball in stride and create mismatches with his athleticism, or line up wide and beat corners with his size and catch radius.
Generally reliable hands, with the ability to climb the ladder and utilize his large catching radius that scouts seek at the position.
WEAKNESSES: Lean lower body. Has struggled, at times, with mental mistakes over his career. Struggles as a blocker and has been plagued by drops in the past.
--Dane Brugler, Rob Rang & Derek Stephens
With 121 career receptions and 14 touchdowns, Walford leaves Miami with a chance to continue a strong tradition of productive pro tight ends. Scouts will have to be convinced consistency issues are in his past and overlook that he's not a special athlete.
Walford's athletic traits and versatility could make him the first senior tight end off the board, especially for teams looking for a matchup mismatch who can block and makes catches he probably shouldn't given his average athletic ability.
02/17/2015 - 2015 DRAFT SCOUT PRE-COMBINE TOP 64 DRAFT PROSPECTS: 59/2. Clive Walford, TE, Miami, 6-4, 254, 4.87, 2...After showing constant improvement while playing 37 consecutive games at Miami, Walford injured his knee in the 2014 regular-season finale against Pitt. He underwent surgery and, somewhat surprisingly, took part in the Senior Bowl in January. Still, teams will be especially interested in his medical report from the combine. Despite the injury, Walford's final season was his most productive as he used his huge hands (10.5 inches) and long arms (34 inches) to catch 44 passes for 676 yards and seven touchdowns. Walford, a star basketball player in high school, improved year after year in college and last season played faster and with more confidence as a receiver. He also matured into a team leader and is now engaged and raising a son. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange