Late DE Pick Kareem Martin.

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  1. BSBEARS

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    Nfldraftscout.com has him going in the 2nd too. But the NFL Draft news roundup: Consensus big board has him going on average as the 108th player taken LINK. Sounds like he'd be a great pickup if he dropped to us in the 4th.
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    Yep, we have to be thinking defense with the first five picks unless somthing unreal presents itself on offense.

    Offense is for the sixth rounds. This has to be a defense rebuild year. Look what we did with offense last year.
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    Here's another mid round Izzy type of guy who could probably play both inside and outside in a 4-3 rotation. Sounds like he needs some serious coaching to get him ready but he fits the kind of DE we seem to be looking for as a backup. My only curiosity is if we do take a DE where in the hell do we put them all. We have 8 already and 9 if they plan on using McClellin there at times to rush.

    WILL CLARKE DE, West Virginia
    • 2014 Grade: B 6.5 HT: 6'6" WT: 271
    William Clark – West Virginia
    Clark is an interesting player to watch. He plays defensive end in a 3-4 scheme, though with his body type he is better suited to be a 4-3 end. Clark is a very tall, long armed athlete. He is listed as being 6’7" – 275. He has a lean build but looks as though he could easily gain 20 pounds.

    As an athlete, he shows good change of direction, body control, and flexibility. He can bend, is light on his feet, and can run well. His play speed is about 4.88. Clark is said to be a top performer in the weight room, but on the field he plays with good but not great strength and power.

    Clark has just average instincts, and he can be a bit slow to find the ball. He is not an instant reactor. At the snap, he sometimes gets tall and looks to find the ball. Because of this he can be slow to shed. He looks like a much better player when he just goes. When that happens, he plays lower and gets rid of blocks faster.

    Clark plays hard, I have no problem with his competitive nature. He flashes both as a run defender and a pass rusher. When rushing the passer, he flashes a good bull rush but can also use moves and dip his shoulder to get under his opponent. While he didn’t get a high number of sacks (six), he gets a lot of pressures. He also does a good job getting his hands up to disrupt a throw. In the run game, he is inconsistent. Because he can be slow to react it takes him out of some plays. Still, when he is on he can shed quickly and make plays. He will chase the ball and has caught plays from behind.

    I feel the 4-3 teams will have more interest in Clark than the 3-4 teams. Though he does have two-gap skills, his body type is more suited to be a 4-3 end. He needs to get a lot bigger to hold up at the point in a 3-4 scheme. Unless I see more at an All-star game, I see Clark as a mid-round pick who will be a productive backup/rotational type player in the NFL.

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    I posted on Clark after the combine. He also is a potential prospect, depending who the braintrust thinks they can coach up. We do have several on the team but I do not think most will make it to the final roster. Outside of Young and Houston, I believe the back up rotation is wide open, none of the backups are going to be future starters. I read the C. Washington article comparing his attributes to Clowney and maybe we will have something in him with some playing time, and Bass had his moments. Izzy is past his prime and never a real threat but holds the outside. Still need a situational pass rusher or rotation guy who can get some sacks. IMO that is not yet found on the roster of DE's we have.
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    I like Martin, if he starts off in a rotation I don't know if you'll have to worry about that motor either.
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    I think whoever among Izzy, Scott, and Lane shows best at playing that combo LDE/DT gets a spot on the roster. If Izzy can still bring it he can ring up 6 or 7 sacks and he's tough against the run too. He's monstrously strong and he's got a huge wingspan so he's a bitch to pass over when the play him at DT. I can't see Phil bringing him back if they didn't think he still had something to offer. To me Bass looks like a keeper if he progresses. The guy who really needs to show the most improvement is Washington. They can't afford to keep him on the roster for another year just to protect him. Either he can at least become that situational rusher or they need to move on and keep someone else around.
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