Positive: Big safety with good athleticism. Fluid moving sideline to sideline, gets outside the numbers, and covers a lot of area on the field. Displays good quickness and footwork moving in every direction and works well with teammates. Effectively quarterbacks the secondary. Displays ball skills in center field. Gets force up the field on the blitz.
Negative: Does more hitting than wrap-up tackling. Inefficient and does not take proper angles to the action. Does not consistently play with physicality.
Analysis: Clifford looks the part in the secondary and shows the ability to dominate play on occasion. He possesses the size and ball skills to make an NFL roster as a true center fielder but must step up his game and become more physical."
Negatives: Was suspended several times while at Ohio State, was arrested in 2008 for assault on two sports bar employees, long list of indiscretions are cause for concern about character... Was a 4-star safety recruit coming out of high school, but never really played up to his potential on the big stage... Concentration and preparation have been lacking in the past, needs to prove he can be a cerebral player who understands opposing offenses... Needs to prove his heart and head are in the game, disappears at times and does not have a consistent motor."