2015 NFL DRAFT
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Clinton McDonald

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 283 | College: Memphis
 
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Overview

McDonald built on his successful 2007 season (55 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, four sacks) by starting his senior season strong, getting attention from scouts and media outlets across the country. The first-team All-Conference USA pick (39 tackles, seven sacks) hit a snag, when he was injured against Louisville midway through the season. McDonald's build, athletic testing, and scouts' reviews of early season film will likely cause his stock to rise.

Analysis

Positives: Wide-chested with strong builds in the upper and lower body. … Good, not great, first step off the ball. … Has very good straight-line speed to chase down backs down the line and from behind. … When lined up in a three-technique, he shows a real burst off the ball and a nice spin move off either shoulder. … Works hard as a pass rusher if he sees even a slight opening. … Has a strong punch but needs to use it more often. … Has the strength to hold off linemen with one shoulder and stay upright when slanting or in the three-technique spot.

Negatives: Short and a bit smaller than scouts prefer for nose tackle, but adequate for a three-technique. … Can be engulfed and pushed back by larger guards. … Stays upright against double teams, but usually only gets off to make tackles five or six yards downfield. … Gets a little push into the pocket, but usually gets stopped by a good anchor when bull-rushing. … Must improve his hand technique to get off blocks inside. … Does not hustle or chase as much as you'd think given his athleticism. … Will whiff in the backfield but has good change-of-direction skills to recover. … Six of his seven sacks in 2008 came against Arkansas State and UAB, two squads without a lot of cachet with scouts. … Medical report on his severely sprained left ankle is important in determining his final grade.

2008 Season

Started for the East Team in the 2009 East-West Shrine Game … Selected to the 2008 All-Conference USA First Team … Voted as one of two permanent season captains for the second-straight season by his teammates prior to the game against Tulane … Played in 11 of 13 games with 10 starts at defensive tackle … Did not start against Southern Miss … Did not play against East Carolina and SMU because of an ankle injury … Ranked 37th nationally in sacks per game (.64) … His four sacks against Arkansas State ranked tied for the highest total in the NCAA FBS this season … Third in C-USA in sacks and was tied for 20th in tackles for loss (.68) … Led the team in sacks (7) and was second in tackles for loss (7.5) and seventh in tackles (39) … Had played in 44-straight games before sitting out the East Carolina game with an ankle injury … Was on the preseason Lombardi Award Watch List.

2007 Season

Selected as a permanent captain by his teammates prior to the New Orleans Bowl … Is the only Tiger under Tommy West to be selected as a captain as a junior … Named the 2007 Memphis Defensive Co-Player of the Year at the team's postseason banquet … Was an honorable mention All-Conference USA pick in 2007 … Started all 13 games on the defensive front … Has played in 37 straight games and started 23 of the last 25 games … Led the team in TFL with 9.5 for minus 31 yards … Registered a team-high four sacks for minus 22 yards … Ranked fifth on the team in tackles with 55 … Opened the season with five tackles, including one for lost yardage, against Ole Miss … Sacked Seth Adams for a loss of four yards in the second quarter … Was able to stop first-down yardage on all but one of his defensive stops against the Rebels … Logged his second career fumble recovery and had five tackles against Jacksonville State … Landed on a fumble forced by Steven Turner in the fourth quarter at the Memphis 27-yard line … Tallied four tackles in the next three games versus UCF, Arkansas State and Marshall … Forced his first career fumble against Middle Tennessee and had two tackles with a TFL for a loss of two yards … Forced MTSU's Dwight Dasher to cough up the ball at the Memphis 41-yard line in the fourth quarter … The ball was recovered by Jake Kasser … Credited with a career-high 10 tackles against East Carolina and assisted on a TFL … On the 10 defensive stops he made, only one resulted in a first down for ECU … Tallied four tackles against Southern Miss with two resulting in lost yardage, including a sack for minus four yards … Halted a potential USM touchdown early in the fourth quarter when he dropped Jeremy Young for a loss of four yards to bring up 4th-and-12 from the Memphis 17 … Golden Eagles had to settle for a 34-yard field goal as a result of the stop … Totaled two tackles with one for a loss of two yards and forced a fumble against UAB … Served as one of the team captains against SMU … Credited with two tackles with a sack for a loss of six yards against the Mustangs … Sacked Justin Willis in the third quarter to force SMU to punt the ball on 4th-and-12 … Led the Tigers in tackles in the New Orleans Bowl with eight stops … Credited with two TFL, including a sack for eight yards … Had a key pass breakup that resulted in a FAU punt on the next play … Dropped Rusty Smith for an eight-yard loss on the final play of the first half … For the season, totaled four games of five or more tackles and logged a sack in three of the final four games.

2006 Season

One of several young linemen who made vast improvements throughout the season … Saw action in all 12 games as a sophomore and made 10 starts on the defensive front in 2006 … Opened the season as a starter with four tackles, three of which were solo stops, against Ole Miss … Recorded back-to-back games of five tackles versus Chattanooga and East Carolina … Tallied two stops against Tennessee and one versus UAB … Registered a season-high six tackles in the Tulsa contest … Totaled four tackles against Southern Miss and five versus Houston … Recovered his first fumble and was also credited with a pass breakup against the Cougars … Scooped up the fumble forced by Corey Mills on UH's first possession of the third quarter … Had another consistent showing in victory over UTEP on the road … Equaled his season high with six tackles, which included one and a half tackles for a loss of eight yards … Blocked a Reagan Schneider 26-yard field goal attempt that would have closed UTEP's deficit to one point heading into the lockerroom at the half … Was assisted by Rubio Phillips in dropping UTEP signal caller Jordan Palmer for a loss of seven yards on 3rd-and-14 that forced the Miners to punt … Was credited with a loss of four yards for the half sack … Ended the year ranked ninth on the team in tackles with 41 and was one of just two Tigers to block a kick in 2006.

2005 Season

One of just six true freshmen to see action in 2005 … Played in all 12 games for the Tigers, primarily with the special teams unit … Saw his first collegiate action against Ole Miss in the season opener … Logged one tackle in six contests, including wins over Chattanooga, UTEP, Marshall and Akron … Had solo stops versus Chattanooga, Tulsa and Marshall … Credited with six tackles during his freshman season.

High School

Played for Coach Johnny Watson at Jacksonville High … Lettered three years in football … Named to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette 5-A top prospect list … Helped squad to a 7-4 record and an appearance in the state playoffs … Was a two-time all-conference honoree … Chosen as 5-A Outstanding Lineman … Also selected to the 5-A All-State team … Holds the school record in the fire clean at 325 pounds … Talented athlete who also lettered in basketball and threw the shot put in track.

Personal

Clinton Myles McDonald is the son of Larry and Bonnie McDonald … Born January 6, 1987, in Jacksonville, Ark.

 
 
Latest News
04/28/2009 - A closer look at the Bengals' picks: Round 7/ 249 -- Clinton McDonald, DT, 6-2, 289, Memphis...McDonald led the Tigers in sacks (seven) and was second in tackles for loss (7.5) and seventh in tackles (39). He provides another pass rusher and some depth on the defensive line.

01/14/2009 - East-West Shrine Tuesday practice: DT Clinton McDonald (Memphis) presents issues for guards with his quickness in drills but finds it tougher to do so when centers and tackles can help out. He also had issues jumping offside today. - Chad Reuter, The SportsXchange, NFL Draft Scout

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