Considering that he'd posted a career high 19 stops a year previous as a backup at the strongside position, his ascent caught many off guard.
While Clancy's numbers are certainly eye-popping, they're also inflated. Former Boston College head coach's Frank Spaziani's defensive scheme funnels the action to the middle linebacker, giving him countless opportunities to make plays. And unlike Kuechly, who consistently made the tackles in the hole, on the edge, in pursuit and virtually everywhere else, Clancy's production was largely yards downfield, which is one reason why scouts elected not to invite him to the Combine.
Looks the part. Possesses a well-built frame with long arms and good overall weight distribution. Shows a burst to close once he locates the ball and is generally a reliable open-field tackler. Quick enough to slip past blocks and has the arm length and toughness to take on and shed, as well. Has seen playing time at all three traditional linebacker roles in the 4-3.
Considering his production, is surprisingly lax in his technique. Hesitant at the snap of the ball, getting a late start on the action. Takes false-steps and lacks top athleticism to recover. Stiff torso is evident in his dropping back into coverage, as well as when attempting to break down to make open-field tackles, where he frequently guesses, leaving cut-back lanes for more athletic ball-carriers to exploit.
Compares To: Xavier Adibi, LB, Tennessee Titans
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