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Cameron Clark could be a late round find at offensive tackle

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Hogs Haven takes a look at 2020 NFL Draft prospects that could contribute to the Redskins

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 19 Charlotte at Western Kentucky Photo by Steve Roberts/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Cameron Clark, T
School: UNC-Charlotte | Conference: Conference USA
College Experience: RS-Senior | Age: 22
Height / Weight: 6’4” / 308 lbs
Projected Draft Status: Round 5 or 6
NFL Comparison: Arie Kouandjio

Player Overview

In 2017, Clark’s second season with the 49ers, he played in all 12 games, including starting 8 at left tackle and was named the team’s Offensive MVP. In 2018, he was PFF’s highest graded offensive lineman in Conference USA, its highest graded run blocker, and he allowed the fewest QB pressures among Conference USA tackles.

During his senior season, he was named team captain, selected first team All Conference USA, and became the school record holder for career games played (49). While Clark played left tackle nearly his whole college career, he did play center in high school, and there is some speculation he may have to move inside to guard at the next level.

Strengths

  • Versatile. Can play tackle, guard, or center.
  • Beast in the run game, though can lack burst off the line of scrimmage.
  • Has good balance.
  • Has good lateral ability in the pass game.
  • Uses effective handwork.

Weaknesses

  • Likely needs to add additional strength.
  • Needs to improve footwork speed.
  • Has to work on play consistency.

Let’s See His Work

How He Would Fit

I suspect Clark’s physical comparison to Kouandjio is likely to draw some groans in Redskins’ circles, but looking back at Kouandijo’s draft profile, Clark is different in several important ways. First Kouandjio came from a top program (Alabama), and there was suspicion that his surrounding talent may have papered over his deficiencies. Clark’s time at Charlotte presents the opposite issue, where he was a top player at a small school - even though they did play some top competition, like Clemson.

Kouandjio was also dinged for his lack of versatility, which Clark seems to possess. Clark isn’t necessarily likely to develop into a starting left tackle in the NFL, but he could end up being a utility offensive lineman that provides some roster flexibility with a mid-Day 3 pick.