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Prospect Profile: Kenny Clark

Defensive tackle | UCLA | Junior

Height: 6 feet, 3 inches | Weight:314 pounds

College stats

2015: posted career highs in tackles (75 total and 47 solo), tackles for loss (11), sacks (6.0) and pass breakups (five) in starting all 13 games; named All-Pac-12 First Team

Career:totaled 162 tackles (96 solo), 20.5 tackles for loss, 7.0 sacks and six pass breakups in 39 games; contributed with 29 tackles (18 solo), 4.0 tackles for loss and 1.0 sack as a true freshman; followed with 58 tackles (31 solo), 5.5 tackles for loss and a pass breakup to garner All-Pac-12 Second Team placement as a sophomore

Combine results

40-yard dash: 5.06 seconds

Bench press:  29 repetitions of 225 pounds

Vertical jump: 28.5 inches

Broad jump: 8 feet, 6 inches

3-cone drill: N/A

20-yard shuttle: 4.62 seconds


Summary: The consensus across league experts is that the defensive line group is loaded with talented players. It will be interesting to see how that affects teams' decision-making processes this weekend, whether they will grab favorites early or address other positions that are perceived to have less options on the board. Clark honed his one-on-one skills as a wrestler in high school and should help him play with leverage, which will be important to counter what some think consider to be a lack of size and arm length (just over 32 inches). Clark's increased production each season should be another selling point. 

Stacking up:NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks ranked Clark as his fifth-best interior defensive lineman in the field of draft-eligible players.

Young but "ready":Clark won't turn 21 until October but opted to leave UCLA with a year of eligibility remaining, similar to what Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter did last season when Minnesota tabbed him in the third round out of LSU.

Clark was asked about his decision at the combine and said, "Coach [Jim] Mora was telling me to stay, and you have to listen because he has done a lot of great things at UCLA. I just felt like it was the best thing for me to do. I thought I was ready to play in the NFL."

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