Kenny Clark

UCLA
DT #97
6’3″  314

Sep 6, 2014; Pasadena, CA, USA; Memphis Tigers quarterback Paxton Lynch (12) breaks away from UCLA Bruins defensive lineman Kenny Clark (97) in the second half of the game at the Rose Bowl. UCLA won 42-35. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Pros:

  • Consistently stout against the run.
  • Strong. Has ability to collapse pocket and generate interior pass rush.
  • Can extend arms and create leverage once engaged.
  • Has ability to “anchor” and defend at point of attack.
  • Disruptive player who demands double teams.
  • Athletic. Has played in a two and three point stance and generates penetration.
  • Scrapes down the line in run defense and is a sure tackler.
  • Light footed. Keeps his feet and is rarely knocked to the ground. Keeps eyes in backfield.
  • Versatile. Can play DE in 3-4 or DT in 4-3.

Cons:

  • Pass rush is mostly bull rush. Lacks a second move.
  • Inconsistent/poor technique
  • Struggles to disengage from blocks.

 

Kenny Clark is a gifted 2 year starter at UCLA with a unique blend of power and athleticism that teams look for in the middle of their defense. Clark is a disruptive player whose strength allows him to collapse the pocket which coupled with his great feet give him the tools to be a dynamic force inside. The 20 year old Junior had 73 tackles in 2015 with 5.5 sacks and was named to the preseason All Pac-12 team. He consistently showed the ability to anchor against double teams and defend at the point of attack. He does a great job of extending his arms and “benching” interior lineman, which warranted the double teams he consistently drew. With his strong heavy hands, Kenny is a force inside against the run and is a sure tackler. Clark is an athletic big man, who is rarely knocked down and was moved all over the defensive line. He does however need to work on disengaging from blocks and diagnosing plays quicker.

Kenny’s strength, particularly his bull rush is his best and currently only real form of a pass rush. He rushed from a two and three point stance, which showcases his burst and athletic ability. However, his technique and hand placement must be refined at the next level. If he can generate a consistent pass rush, Kenny will become a viable 3 down interior lineman. With an impressive combine, he could sneak into the bottom half of round 1 and at worst would be one of the first defensive lineman selected on day two of the draft.

Projected round: 1-2

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