Will Clarke, DE, West Virginia (HT: 6’6⅛”; WT: 271 lbs.)
Third Round: 88th Pick
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- Tremendous overall length.
- Immense upper-body strength, can overwhelm blockers with powerful hands.
- Generates strength from his lower half more than expected given his frame.
- Plays with commendable leverage despite being a tall defensive lineman.
- Terrific snap anticipation and first-step quickness.
- Converts speed to power well and gets pass-blockers on their heels often.
- Flashes a shoulder dip and rip through the outside shoulder of offensive tackles.
- Effective in showings as an interior pass-rusher, consistently presses the pocket with a bull rush.
- Uses length to gets hands up when he doesn’t get home as a rusher, prolific deflecting passes.
- Disruptive when shooting inside gaps, unaffected by the hands of blockers when he gets a step.
- Jolts run-blockers with his hands to reset the line of scrimmage on first contact.
- Can create congestion at the line of scrimmage and engage two blockers well.
- Saw many double-teams and chips, still quite disruptive.
- Does too much guessing, play-recognition skills are subpar.
- Heavy-footed mover, doesn’t have short-area quickness to keep blockers guessing.
- Inconsistent to poor hand usage in general, often rushing with his hands at his sides.
- Exposes his chest to blockers regularly, easy target for their hands.
- Stiff in the knees and ankles, limits ability to turn the corner quickly as a rusher.
- Doesn’t hit a second gear to accelerate past blockers and make the most of his quick first step.
- Pass-rush moves get predictable or repetitive for stretches.
- Struggles to extend his hands and keep run-blockers off his chest.
- Doesn’t shed blocks quickly, too often hung up and can’t control gaps from a head-up alignment.
- Struggles to recover when a run-blocker gets his head across and walls off.
- Very hit or miss as a tackler, often lets sacks or tackles slip from his grasp by aiming too high and not breaking down.
- Needs to improve his finishing of plays, often gets himself into position to make plays and doesn't finish.
- A 2-star prospect in recruiting class of 2009, unranked by Rivals.
- 2013 second-team All-Big 12.
- Three-time “Iron Mountaineer” honoree for weight room excellence.
- Missed Texas Tech game with an undisclosed injury as a junior.
- Hampered for majority of 2010 season with an ankle injury.
Will Clarke was one of the few bright spots on a porous West Virginia defense in 2013. His production doesn’t blow anyone away, but the attention he got has a lot to do with it. Projecting him to the NFL is relatively cut and dry. Clarke should be viewed as the type of end who can be developed into a rotational No. 3 edge-rusher who can platoon on the interior in a four-man front. It’s all about development of hand usage and maximizing his length and natural power.
Draft Projection: Fourth Round
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