Offensive Tackle #62
Senior 6’5” 315
- Tremendous length and size to instantly fall in love with
- Displays good knee bend and a quick kick slide to get out in space on passing plays (but is inconsistent)
- More of a hugger than a grabber
- Has nimble feet and stays balanced to stay on par with aggressive pass rushers
- Struggles with hand placement; most notably with inside pass rushers
- Will have to learn new technique coming from Texas Tech’s pass-heavy offensive scheme
- 3x First Team All-Big 12
- Senior Bowl participant
Le’Raven Clark took a redshirt season in his first year on campus and after starting his first game the following season he has strung together 50 consecutive starts. He departs Lubbock hanging his hat on three straight appearances on the first team All-Big 12. Clark has some versatility to his game starting his career at left guard his freshman season, but that was short lived, as he then later transitioned to the left tackle spot and thrived. Clark has some intriguing elements to his game and has the physical makeup and athletic ability for a team to take a chance on in Day Two of the draft.
A long (85 7/8 wing span) and thick tackle, Clark provides great extension to keep edge defenders from short routes to the quarterback. Clark’s only issue with outside pass rushers is not being able to contain the quickness and speed as he does not have the necessary reaction to quickly extend his arms (his biggest asset) and control his matchup. He struggles to maintain the proper inside leverage when defenders take aim at the b-gap as Clark flounders to get his hands inside quick enough to counter the defender and not get beat in the interior (displayed this weakness in Senior Bowl practices).
He possesses the ability to sink his hips and take on power rushers with just a couple of steps backward when being initiated. He is most effective when the play is taken past the line of scrimmage maintaining control and light feet to lay the wood on would-be tacklers. Playing in a pass-heavy system under Kliff Kingsbury at Texas Tech, Clark would primarily line up in a two-point stance, which then led to a draw back after the snap making him instantly more of a hugger than a grabber. Having that mindset off the snap could bring out more technique issues in the NFL for him.
Projecting him forward, Clark’s biggest area of improvement is his hand placement and intensity, while also needing to capitalize on new sets and stances for a pro-style offense. He has the length and core strength to be a potential Pro Bowl caliber player but will need to hold his own with interior pass rushers and the speedier edge defenders to get to that high-level billing.
Round Grade/Value: Third Round
Pick Projection: Second Round
NFL Comparison: Ereck Flowers
Flowers struggled in pass protection before coming into the league and still had inconsistencies in his rookie season and nobody was surprised. Clark resembles the same player Flowers (6’6” 330) was in last season’s draft showing loads of potential but inconsistent hand placement and poor pad level led to problems. Both define potential and upside with attractive traits for a starting right tackle in the NFL.