Name: Jarrod “Chunky” Clements
Position fit: 3-technique
Stats to know: 50 total QB pressures and six batted passes in the last three seasons.
What he does best:
- Penetrates into the backfield from a 3-technique alignment.
- Wins with his quickness into gaps.
- Disrupts the back side of runs well.
- Better as a pursuit defender than a take-on defender.
- Stays involved in plays and will look to chase plays down.
- Effective swim move from the 3-technique alignment.
- He can win with a bull rush even though he normally relies on quickness.
- Only played 56.5 percent of defensive snaps in 2016.
- Gets sealed off on the backside of runs too often.
- Ends up on the turf far too often. Poor balance ratio.
- Gets moved to the second level by double teams.
- Struggled to hold up when aligned at the 1-tech.
- Can take himself out of plays by getting too deep in the backfield.
- Had four games in which he did not record a pressure.
Bottom line: Clements largely played the 3-technique defensive tackle — lined up over the guard’s outside shoulder — for the Illini. Clements measured 6-foot-2 and weighed 300 pounds at the combine but he plays even smaller than that. Clements also played further inside at the 1-technique but his penetrating style plus his lack of ideal nose tackle size make him better suited to playing the 3-technique position in the NFL. Clements is a pursuit defender who is better on the back-side of runs where he can use his quickness to make plays. Clements can provide back-up snaps in a defense that values an undersized and quick penetrating defensive tackle, but he has not produced at a high level in our three years of grading and his work against better offensive linemen in the run game is worrisome.