We continue to move down the list of undrafted rookies and try to find out a bit about them. Next on the list is tackle Clay DeBord out of Eastern Washington.
DeBord is 6-6 and 305 pounds. He made a school-record 51 starts in his career with the Eagles and was part of a senior class that won three Big Sky Conference championships and earned three FCS playoff berths. In his four seasons as a starter, Eastern Washington went 27-5 in Big Sky play and reached the FCS semifinals twice (2012-13). Last season, DeBord was selected to four FCS All-America teams and earned first-team All-Big Sky honors after starting all 10 games he played and helping the Eagles rank eighth in the country in total offense.
The word on him is he is athletic, but not super strong. His athletic ability shows on tape. He ran a 5.0 40 and has a vertical leap of 30.5 inches. That's pretty good for a 300-pound man.
According to some, the team is really excited about DeBord.
Seth Cox compared him to Nate Potter on our last podcast. Potter managed to be a functional starter for half a season, but eventually washed out of the league because of injury.
He never intended on going to college. He thought he would go to a trade school to become a welder. Then the scholarship offer came in when he was only 240 pounds.
And he publicly said, "I won't be too busted up about it," if he doesn't make it to the NFL.
He has his chance now and there are people in the organization who like him. Does he have a chance to make the roster? That is probably a reach, but perhaps the practice squad like Rob Crisp last year, a tackle they were excited about as an undrafted rookie last year.