West Virginia Mountaineers defensive lineman Will Clarke (98). Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft profile - Will Clarke

2014 NFL Draft

Name:  Will Clarke

School:  West Virginia

Position:   Defensive End

Height:  6-6

Weight:   271

Positives:  Will Clarke has good agility for such a tall player.  He has good burst off the snap of the ball, and is a very good speed rusher.  Even at 6’6 he can still get low enough to create leverage and get under offensive tackles pads.  Clarke has a lean frame, and I think in time he could be converted from a 4-3 defensive end to an outside linebacker in a 3-4.  He reminds me of the Jets Quentin Coples.

Clarke’s 6’6 frame and long arms aid him in being able to disrupt passing lanes.

Negatives:  He’s not a natural fit for a 3-4 defense.  Depending on how he develops, Clarke could grow into a 3-4 defensive end, or he could be trained as 3-4 outside linebacker.  It may take a season or two to find out.

Impact on the Redskins:  The Redskins need more pass rushers, and Will Clarke can help them with that.  Initially he could be used a situational pass rusher on third downs and he could also be used to spell the starters at outside linebacker on occasion.  Special teams are also an area Clarke could have an impact.

Where the Redskins could pick him:  It’s possible that Clarke could go at the end of the second round.  Pass rushers are a valuable commodity, so if he’s on the board in the third round, the Redskins might have to take him there.  He might last all the way to the 4th round though.

Teams interested:   Atlanta Falcons, New York Giants, Jacksonville Jaguars

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