William Clapp NFL Draft 2018: Scouting Report for New Orleans Saints' Pick

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 28, 2018

BATON ROUGE, LA - SEPTEMBER 19:  William Clapp #64 of the LSU Tigers at Tiger Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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POSITIVES

—Three-year starter at all three interior positions.

—Mental processing skills are well above-average and show a player who can diagnose pre-snap and in motion.

—Grinder who wins with relentlessness and consistency each down.

—Combo blocks are devastating at first level, and he cleanly recognizes release to reach second-level defenders.

—Carries pop in his hands that he can unload with good timing.

           

NEGATIVES

—Weight disbursement is unbalanced at 6'5", 314 pounds, and he'll need to build up his lower half in a weight room.

—Raw power is lacking and will lead to stalemates against massive defenders on the inside.

—Heavy feet when he quick-sets speedy defenders, which leads to an inability to mirror in space.

—Clunky mover at the second level and has to tighten his angles to reach defenders.

—Lower-back strength is a concern and leads to an inability to dig out shaded nose tackles when reaching play side.

          

OVERALL

William Clapp is a versatile, experienced prospect who can play at any of the three interior line spots. Center looks like his best fit, as his mental processing can shine and put others in a position to be successful. He's a limited athlete but a diligent worker who plays whistle to whistle. Players who compete routinely will always find a home in the NFL to begin their careers. Clapp looks suited for a practice squad at worst in his first season and has a chance to crack an active roster as a depth piece.

                            

GRADE: 5.70 (Round 5)

PRO PLAYER COMPARISON: Bryan Stork, retired

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