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3 reasons the Bills should draft: Louisville S Josh Harvey-Clemons

Position: Safety.
School: Louisville.
Measurables: 6-foot-4, 217 pounds.
Combine stats: Bench press: 12 reps. Vertical jump: 31.5 inches. Broad jump: 10 feet, 1 inch.
Career stats: 47 games, 225 tackles (11.5 for losses), two sacks, 11 passes defensed, four interceptions,
Draft projection: Fourth-fifth round.

Reasons:

1. He battled through injury as a senior. Harvey-Clemons missed two games because of a left hamstring injury at the end of 2016, and still wasn't healthy enough at the NFL Scouting Combine to go through all the drills. Still, he was a second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection after finishing with 61 tackles and two sacks.

2. His size gives him positional versatility. At 6-foot-4, Harvey-Clemons is massive for a safety. Because of that, he could play some hybrid linebacker. In fact, he's worked out at both positions for teams during the pre-draft process. Scouting reports refer to him as a willing, physical tackler, which is a trait Bills coach Sean McDermott has mentioned he looks for (what coach wouldn't, right?).

3. He'll come in knowing he can't screw up. Harvey-Clemons originally signed with Georgia, but eventually transferred after failing two drug tests with the Bulldogs. That background will have teams cautious, and mean Harvey-Clemons will be under close scrutiny.

Fun fact: Harvey-Clemons was the No. 1-ranked outside linebacker in the country coming out of high school. Two different scouting services listed him as the top prospect in Georgia.

They said it: "Former five-star recruit with an alpha mentality who roams the field with swagger and undeniable intent as a tackler. Has elite size, length and athletic traits, and is a rangy tackler with the ability to cover and blitz." – nfl.com draft analyst Lance Zierlein

The Buffalo News is profiling 30 prospects in 30 days leading up to the NFL Draft, which begins April 27. Up next: Ohio State CB Gareon Conley.

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