The Seattle Seahawks once again take the player that doesn’t make any sense to the rest of us. The good news is, these befuddling decisions usually turn out for the better.
From what I’ve seen, and read, I don’t like the pick. But hey, Pete and John are the best in the biz.
Frank Clark is a DE from Michigan, where he was an effective player for the Wolverines in both the pass game and against the run. I’m just as shocked by this pick as the rest of you. I never even watched him on tape, so I’ll let Rob Rang describe him for you.
"STRENGTHS: Powerful build with good body thickness – added 60+ pounds the last four seasons, working hard to develop his growth potential…quick first step upfield with sustained momentum to work off blocks and win the edge, taking sharp angles to the pocket…active, quick hands to work through blockers with excellent push-pull technique…sets up his moves and appears to have a rush strategy, making adjustments throughout the game.Attacks the chest of blockers and drives them backwards, locking out with his long arms…closes fast and violent…hyper-active motor with top-shelf hustle to finish through the whistle…relentless in pursuit and closes with violence…improved backfield vision with the discipline and recognition to stay at home, trusting his eyes and holding the edge…has some experience dropping in space with fluid feet and the natural instincts…productive starter with 35.0 tackles for loss in 26 career starts…attended counseling since his dismissal from Michigan and has invested time and energy into reconciling the situation.WEAKNESSES: Almost too muscle bound, restricting his movements at times…overaggressive and will over-run plays due to his high-effort style…inconsistent leverage off the edge and prefers to use his natural ability over fundamentals…needs to consistently load more ammo into his punch…suspect anticipation in space and can be late to react – late off the snap too often…needs to better break down on the move to control his momentum and finish.Worrisome off-field red flags – dismissed from the program after a domestic violence arrest (Nov. 2014) for allegedly striking his girlfriend in a hotel room (case is still pending); arrested (June 2012) and convicted of second-degree felony home invasion after stealing a laptop from a dorm room; pulled over for driving on the wrong side of the center line (March 2014) without proof of insurance or proper plates and had a bench warrant issued after he missed his court date."
Here is how twitter reacted.
Seattle Seahawks Draft Reactions: The Good
That may seem short for the entire “Good” section, but that’s about all the positive reactions I can find.
Seattle Seahawks Draft Reactions: The Bad
Seattle Seahawks Draft Reactions: The Bruce
Clark is the type of edge rusher hybrid that Bruce Irvin currently is for Seattle. Maybe some writing on the wall?