OT, Boston College
Measurements: 6-7, 318
Why he would be a good Redskin:
Because any team that makes the wrong call on Jamaal Brown twice and is then forced to play an entire season with Tyler Polumbus as its starting right tackle needs an infusion of talent post haste. Emmett Cleary has his flaws, but he’s fairly athletic and plays with an attitude. As absurd at it sounds for someone as so big he has his own gravitational field, the scouts say his biggest problem is the need to get stronger. That might scare other teams off, but in the Redskins’ zone blocking scheme, the emphasis is on brains and footwork, and Clearly seems fairly solid in those areas.
Why he won’t be drafted by the Redskins:
Hopefully it’s because they picked up another tackle higher in the draft or a more highly rated prospect fell to them in rounds 5-7, where Cleary is projected to be taken. If it’s because someone thinks Jeremy Trueblood is the long-term answer, they need to be taken to the wood shed.
Bottom Line: (final comments)
Cleary appears to have NFL size and the requisite nasty streak for a right tackle. He’s also fairly nifty, having played left tackle his senior year, and can move inside to guard in a pinch. The Redskins value that sort of versatility and, since they have slightly different priorities for the OL than teams that play a more smash-mouth style, a guy like Cleary could fall to the later rounds and still wind up being useful. We’re about due to hit on a couple of these guys.