DT KENNY CLARK, UCLA*

DT #97 Kenny Clark, UCLA*

6’3” – 310 lbs. – 5.00e

Started four games as a freshman and all thirteen as a sophomore. Has played nose tackle in both three-and-four-man lines with the Bruins (sometimes a couple of yards off the line), as well as taking occasional snaps on the left end of a three-man line; typically asked to read and react in a two-gap scheme, with some one-gap responsibilities on passing downs. Athletic player with a thick, strong build and who carries his weight well; good distribution. Generates power with his bull rush and can walk opponents into the backfield. Anchors effectively in the run game, rarely ceding ground to opposing linemen. Rarely ends up on the ground. Flows well to the ball. Gets his arms extended and can shed blocks at the appropriate time. Capable of making tackles while engaged. Draws some extra attention from blockers on a regular basis, creating opportunities for teammates to make plays. Occasionally makes the wrong read and gets caught out of position, but is otherwise a very advanced player from a mental and technical standpoint. Not extremely explosive as a pass-rusher, but uses his hands very well and is able to slap an opposing lineman’s hands away or use a swim move to penetrate into the backfield effectively; however, may be more of a pressure-generator than a sack artist. Has a good motor and will pursue plays to the sidelines; can sniff out screen passes and avoid overcommitting. Well-conditioned and holds up over the course of the game, playing a lot of snaps including third downs. Gets his hands up to contest passing lanes. Not an absolute freak from a physical standpoint, but has a pro-ready frame, plenty of power, and a very good grasp of technique even as a junior, with great arm extension, the ability to seemingly shed blocks at will, and strong play recognition skills. Would be best-suited playing nose tackle in an event front which uses two-gap principles, as he is an excellent read-and-react type of tackle who can anchor, control blockers, and put himself in position to make a play, but could potentially be considered for any tackle spot in either an even or an odd front. A plug-and-play starter with three-down potential, as his motor, strength, and ability to discard blockers makes him a better pass-rusher than is typical for a player at his position. Looks likely to come off the board within the top twenty picks and would be wise to declare, as he is already a polished player who has little to gain from returning to school for another season.

Games watched: Stanford (’14), Arizona (’15), Stanford (’15)

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