With the 249th pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the Cincinnati Bengals select DT Clinton McDonald, Memphis.

With the 249th pick (shesh) in the 2009 NFL Draft, the Cincinnati Bengals select DT Clinton McDonald, Memphis.

From Draft Countdown:

Strengths:
Athletic with good speed and quickness...Explosive with a burst...Real smooth with decent range...Excellent strength...Can penetrate and make plays in the backfield...Has a great motor...Tough and will play through pain...Physical...Aggressive...Offers some versatility...Team leader...Great  work  ethic...Nice  production...Has a lot of experience.

Weaknesses:
A bit of 'tweener...Doesn't have great bulk...Short arms...Is not overly stout at the point of attack...A sub par run defender...Doesn't use his hands well...Has some trouble shedding blocks...Level of competition?

Notes:
A three-year starter for the Tigers...Named 1st Team All-Conference USA as a senior...Started 44 consecutive games before missing some time with an ankle injury in 2008...Recorded 4 sacks against Arkansas St. in 2008...At his Pro Day workout he ran a 4.83, bench pressed 225 pounds 36 times, vertical leaped 38 inches and broad jumped 10'1"...Former linebacker who might also be able to play defensive end in a 3-4 scheme...Profiles as a three-technique at the next level and possesses an awfully intriguing  blend of physical tools and intangibles.

Tony Pauline of Sports Illustrated rated McDonald as a "riser" during Pro Day workouts.

Clinton McDonald/DL/Memphis: McDonald was a surprise non-invite to the combine in February but made scouts take notice with his tremendous pro-day workout one week ago. McDonald measured 6-foot-2 and 283 pounds, completed 36 reps on the bench and posted a 38-inch vertical jump. His forty times averaged 4.83 and McDonald was swift in the short shuttle with a time of 4.46. Scouts were high on McDonald throughout his senior season and the Memphis product may have moved into the middle rounds with his performance.

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