Name: Cameron Clemons
School: Missouri S&T
What goals did you set and/or accomplish in your final collegiate season?
In my final collegiate season I set goals to get 7 int, become an All-American and earn All conference honors. The goals I achieved were earning all conference honors and I also was first team All-region. I did not earn All- American honors. I also had 2 games where I had an interception that led to the game winning drive. I also led the nation in passes defend this season.
Q: How do you think you took advantage of the extra year of eligibility to increase your chances of going pro?
With the extra year of eligibility I used it to increase my knowledge about the game of football. The extra season gave me more time to train and sharpen critical skills. I used the extra year to make sure my last year would be dominant. I was able to show how much improvement I have made. Also that I can make plays on both sides of the ball.
Q: What would your coaches and teammates say about the type of player you are?
My coaches and teammates would say I am hardworking and express positive leadership skills. They would say I’m a high energy guy. I bring the juice everyday regardless of circumstances and I share that energy with my teammates. I love to see my teammates succeed as much as I enjoy personal success. They will say I love to have fun while playing this great game.
Q: When you are studying film, what are the things you focus on to improve your game?
When I’m studying film as a defensive back, I focus a lot on my foot placement, footwork, eye placement. I like to study my technique. I use film to watch my eyes and foot placement because those are what usually cause DB’s to get beat. I like to make sure I am fluid in all my movements. When studying my opponent I like to use film to study their tendencies. I watch receivers releases, their route tempo and their top 3 routes. I like to study QB’s eyes. I like to see if they look to where they are trying to throw or if they have any signals they give out to their receivers. I also study the throws a quarterback completes the most consistently.
Q: What separates you from the other pro prospects at your position?
What separates me from other prospects at my position is I have played both sides of the ball at the collegiate level. My junior year I played both sides of the ball. I have made plays at receiver and defensive back. I understand the goal of the receiver which helps me at DB. I also understand what a DB is trying to accomplish and that helped me at receiver as well. This Aldo’s shows I am willing to do whatever is necessary for the teams success. Another thing that’s separates me is my competitiveness I have never been the biggest guy on the field but I always have an impact. My athletic ability helps me compete with bigger receivers and my footwork helps me to be able to keep up with smaller quicker receivers.
Q: What is your offseason plan to train and prepare for professional opportunities?
I am still in the process of finding a facility and trainer to prepare this off-season. I plan on going to a program that specifically trains for combine drills and positions specific training. This process is taking a little longer due to finances and unforeseen circumstances.
Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
The strengths I would bring to a team is my ability to be versatile. I can play multiple positions and I am willing to do whatever I have to in order to make sure the team is successful. I have a high learning ceiling. I am excited to learn so much more about the game of football. I pick up on things quick and efficiently. I bring gratitude and high energy. I am thankful to any team who even considers me As far as off the field I will dedicate my time to improving the mental aspect of my game with the study of film, and veterans around me. I will make it a priority to build a connection with my teammates, coaches and the community. I value people and fellowship that football brings. Anything I do off the field will always be in the best interest of myself, my family and the organization I am representing.
Q: What is your final pitch to the NFL and any other pro leagues?
My final pitch to any pro league is that I am an athlete eager to learn. I am a player with a high adaptability. Throughout my entire athletic career I am never initially a top prospect or choice but I have proved to be able to produce and dominate this sport. In high school and college I started with no recognition but I finished among the best. All I ask is for an opportunity and I will be a positive asset to your organization.