Will Clarke, DE

School: West Virginia  |  Conference: BIG12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Height/Weight: 6-6 / 271 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.722.731.6722 329'4"4.577.26

Player Overview

Notre Dame's Zach Martin was the most consistent offensive lineman at the Senior Bowl but the one defender who consistently gave him trouble was Clarke, who was able to get into the veteran left tackle's chest due to the reach advantage provided by his 33 3/8" arms.

Clarke isn't just long, he's strong. He's the only player in WVU history to have earned recognition as an Iron Mountaineer three times over his career. This type of commitment can be seen in the steady improvements he made on the field, as well, as the three year starter saw his production rise each season, culminating with an impressive senior campaign in which Clarke ranked second in the Big 12 in tackles for losses with 17, including six sacks. In 41 career games, Clarke produced 111 tackles, 29 tackles for losses and 9 1/2 sacks.

Due to his length, strength and work ethic proponents of the 3-4 and 4-3, alike find Clarke highly intriguing. In either case, his trim waistline makes him best suited to remaining outside at defensive end.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Possesses a rangy, athletic build with a broad wingspan. Good initial explosion off the snap. Can cross the face of left tackles, forcing them wide and creating gaps for stunting or blitzing teammates, as well as zip inside for an impressive counter-move. Shows some core flexibility to dip under the reach of pass-blockers and flashes good hand use to rip free from their grasp. Attentive, especially in the passing game. Has learned to use his length and overall athleticism to distract quarterbacks, waving his arms and timing his leap in an attempt to tip passes at the line of scrimmage... jumped from zero to three to seven PBUs over his three seasons as a starter... Good strength to hold up surprisingly well in the running game. Anchors well, locking out would-be blockers and keeping his knees bent and butt down to create a pile. Hard worker.

WEAKNESSES: Too stiff to change directions fluidly so that while he is capable of rushing upfield, Clarke struggles to turn the corner and truly wreak havoc off the edge. Possesses a very rangy build and may struggle to gain weight. Reacts surprisingly well to cut-blocks, showing good recognition but his long legs leave him prone to these against quicker, more technically refined athletes he'll face in the NFL.

COMPARES TO: Chandler Jones, New England Patriots - Jones has quickly developed into one of the league's better young pass rushers as his 11.5 sacks in 2013 can attest. Think of Clarke as a poor man's version, whose sack total will probably hover close to half of Jones' in a given year once he acclimates to the NFL. Scouts will love Clarke's length and dedication, however, two traits which have helped Jones become successful so quickly.

--Rob Rang

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05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Bengals' picks: Round 3/88 - Will Clarke, DE, 6-6, 271, West Virginia...The Bengals needed a replacement for Michael Johnson and you can't get a more identical prospect than Clarke. He owns the sprawling wingspan the Bengals desire off the edge. - The Sports Xchange


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