Another Wisconsin Badgers running back will have the opportunity to play for an NFL team.
The Philadelphia Eagles signed Corey Clement as an undrafted free agent on Saturday following the 2017 NFL Draft. Howard Eskin from SportsRadio WIP94 appeared to first report the news, with ESPN’s Adam Caplan also reporting the signing shortly thereafter.
B5Q confirmed Clement has agreed to terms with the team, per a source, and Clement announced on Twitter he was headed to Philadelphia.
Clement earned first-team All-Big Ten honors from the coaches (second-team All-Big Ten by the media) after running for a career-high 1,375 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2016 season. After a rough junior season in 2015, he only played in four games mostly due to a sports hernia injury and rushed for 221 yards and five touchdowns.
Thankful for the opportunity to be back home and play , Fly eagles Fly !— Corey Clement (@CoreyClement_6) April 30, 2017
With his health back and a more experienced offensive line in front of him, Clement registered five 100-yard games in the final six games—with him going over the century mark eight times in all last season. The New Jersey native played in 13 of Wisconsin’s 14 games last year. In prime time contests against Ohio State and Penn State, Clement ran for a career-high 164 yards each.
Clement earned an invite to both the Reese’s Senior Bowl with outside linebacker Vince Biegel and the NFL Scouting Combine. After a disappointing performance in Indianapolis, he redeemed himself during Wisconsin’s pro day on March 15 in the 40-yard dash (4.54 second, instead of 4.68), broad jump (10’) and vertical jump (32” instead of 28.5”).
He also ran a 4.19 second 20-yard shuttle on pro day that would have placed him tied for second among running backs at the Combine, along with a 6.70 second three-cone drill that would have placed him second in that position group in Indianapolis as well.
“Coming back from the Combine, I was so, I don’t know, really down on myself,” Clement said to reporters on UW’s Pro Day, acknowledging he texted with Melvin Gordon earlier that morning. “I was like, ‘That’s really not me and a reflection of who I am and what I can run.’ Just the true character that I was at the Combine, I knew I could have been better so I utilized the next nine or 10 days, however many it took, and just really went back to the basics.
“Technique was all that I really missed, and ran better times. Felt more relaxed, better environment, people that I knew around here so, it didn’t feel like I was at a foreign site at all. When I approached the line at any drill, I just attacked it and said it was the last one I had to do, so make the most of it.”
Corey Clement reflects on NFL Combine, Pro Day journey (B5Q/YouTube)