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Road to the NFL Draft : Jayron Kearse

Position: Safety

School: Clemson

Combine measurables: 6-foot-4, 216 pounds.

Combine stats: 40-yard dash: 4.62 seconds. Bench press: 16 reps. Vertical: 31.5 inches. Broad jump: 10 feet, 4 inches. 3-cone drill: 7.06 seconds.

Career stats: 39 games, 164 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 7 interceptions, 11 passes defensed, 2 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries.

Draft projection: Fifth-sixth round.

Lowdown: The nephew of former NFL defensive end Jevon Kearse and cousin of former NFL defensive back Phillip Buchanon, Kearse chose Clemson in part because they let him decide between wide receiver and defensive back. He left school with one year of eligibility remaining after the Tigers advanced to the national championship game. He was a second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection as a junior after with 62 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss and six passes defensed. … His height is ultra rare for the position, and he’s got the arm length (34¼ inches) to match, giving him the physical tools most players can only dream of. … Made seven special teams tackles last season and should be able to help an NFL team immediately there. … Scouts have questioned his desire. Production does not match up with physical traits.

They said it: “Most notably underwhelmed by Jayron Kearse on tape and expected to see more from him.” – ESPN’s Kevin Weidl

– Jay Skurski

The Buffalo News is profiling 50 prospects in 50 days leading up to the NFL Draft, which begins April 28.

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