Team Fit (Ross Uglem): Kenny Clark is a classic Ted Thompson pick. Thompson loves young players, and Kenny Clark is certainly that. Clark, at 20 is a Pac-12 prospect (Thompson loves those) who is just 20 years old and had an unreal 76 tackles and 6 sacks for UCLA. Clark possesses the necessary versatility to play all along Coach Caper’s defensive line. I would have no problem Playing Clark at Nose, at 5-tech (he’s 6’3″) or in the 2 man front in Green Baty’s nickel defense.
Clark is already an elite run defender, but there is plenty of upside for a player his age to grow in to a pass rusher. Right now, Clark is one of the best bull-rushers in this class. This defensive line class was extremely deep and this was just the player that Ted Thompson fell in love with. Ted builds from the trenches and loves to build with youth, Clark checks both boxes.
NFL Player Comp (Mike Wendlandt)- Mike Daniels, Green Bay Packers: Clark reminds me a l lot of Mike Daniels as far as his playing style. He is taller than Daniels at 6’3” but has a mean streak that will let him thrive in the trenches of the NFC North. He didn’t show a ton of pass rush moves but playing in front of Myles Jack, Eric Kendricks, and Anthony Barr during his career he didn’t need too. His functional strength and intelligence is almost a dead on match to Daniels.
He also has the passion for the game that Daniels does, as he constantly is talking about it and wants to be a coach after is career is done. Clark was a player that Thompson didn’t even know if he would have the chance to draft, and it shouldn’t be surprising that he didn’t pass up a player this talented from what is apparently his favorite conference.