Arizona Wildcats wide receiver David Richards (80) fights for the ball against Oregon Ducks linebacker Michael Clay (46) at Autzen Stadium. Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

Michael Clay: A late round/Undrafted FA possibility for the Green Bay Packers


The Green Bay Packers need help on the defensive side of the ball – does anyone remember the 579 yards the San Francisco 49ers put up in last year’s playoffs?

Packers GM Ted Thompson, who is always looking to hit home runs with value picks in the late rounds and even among those players he brings in as undrafted free agents should turn his head toward Oregon and an outside linebacker by the name of Michael Clay.

Wisconsin running back Montee Ball has met Clay – too many times, in fact, in the Badgers backfield … check out the video of the 2012 Rose Bowl

While recently watching some video of Dion Jordan, the Oregon lineman expected to be a top 10 pick in the upcoming draft, Clay was another guy who simply jumped out of the video. His motor never stops, he wraps up and tackles like a beast and seems to constantly be in the offense’s backfield. He’s the type of player who seems to never slow down and seems driven to succeed.

He wasn’t invited to the Combine last month. From what I’ve read, he wasn’t invited because of his height – or lack thereof. He is only 5-11, 230 pounds, but in my mind, he’s a dynamo. He looks to me like the kind of player who could help a team as either a late rounder or undrafted free agent. If he isn’t the type of player who might break into the lineup as a starter or situational player, he could be the type who makes the team as a special teamer.

The Packers could probably do better than clay in the sixth or seventh round, but he’s the type of player that could bring much if signed as a free agent. We all know how Thompson likes value. Clay could bring a lot of value.

Here’s a video of Clay. Judge for yourself.



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