THE ROAD TO THE DRAFT
John Clay, RB, Wisconsin
6-foot-1, 231 pounds
Draft projection: Third day.
Lowdown: NFL scouts might have to do a double-take when sizing up Clay this spring. He played at 260 pounds during last season with the Badgers. But he got himself in much better shape during post-season workouts. Clay enters the draft a year early. He rushed for 1,517 yards as a sophomore and 1,012 yards as a junior. He had 76 yards and a touchdown in the Rose Bowl loss to TCU. He's the kind of complementary, big-back who could be a steal in the later rounds. He's a downhill runner. His nickname is "Gumby."
Clay on his weight loss: "I felt I still have the attributes of power and speed at this weight. I’m able to pull away from people. Before, I was able to run, but I didn’t have that breakaway speed like I wanted. At this weight, I feel I’m able to do that now."
On how he lost the weight: "Diet was the biggest part of it. Not having time to eat in college, I’d be eating sometimes only twice a day, eating big meals, and that wasn’t the best thing. I’ve been eating three times a day, smaller meals, and I changed my diet."