MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Cody Clay no doubt paid some attention to the NFL draft last month. And why not, given that he spent so much time last season working in the same offense with Geno Smith, Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey.
Clay might also have been thinking what it would be like to hear his name called. After all, what college football player doesn't?
For the time being, though, it's not something that preoccupies him.
"I've got a lot of time before I have to think about that,'' the West Virginia sophomore said this spring. "But yeah, sometimes I think about it and wonder where I'd fit in.''
Indeed, one of the most intriguing things about Clay, the former George Washington tight end, is what his football future holds. Perhaps at this stage of the game it is premature to consider a career in the NFL for a player who has been on the field for just 13 games and switched positions multiple times.
The truth is, he still has a lot of work to do just to master the college game.
Then again, athletic 6-foot-3, 252-pounders who can play in the backfield or at tight end have become a commodity in the NFL. Once was the time when Clay might have been considered too short to be a tight end or too tall to be a fullback - a tweener. Now, though, the league craves just those types because of their versatility on a small, 53-man roster.
And don't think that Clay hasn't noticed.
"I look at a guy like Will Johnson with the Steelers,'' Clay said of the former WVU player, who was a fullback, a hybrid back and even a tight end at times in college, the kind of utility man Clay is becoming. "He's found a place. A lot of guys like that have.''
Clay made his debut last season as a redshirt freshman playing primarily fullback for West Virginia. Dana Holgorsen's offense doesn't often use a tight end, but Clay can line up there, too. He even lined up as a slot receiver at times.