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Chuck Clark. VT

32 1/4"
Clark is yet another tough-minded and athletic defensive back who has patrolled the secondary for the Hokies. One of the top players from Virginia in 2012, Clark stepped into a starting role as a true freshman in the team's bowl game, his second start of the year (22 tackles). Coaches lined him up at safety 11 times in the 13 games he played in 2014, making 73 tackles, 8.5 for loss, 1.5 sacks, an interception and 11 pass break-ups on the year. The interception came in the team's Military Bowl win over Cincinnati. Clark started every game in 2015, being credited with 107 stops, three for loss, an interception, and eight pass break-ups. The Hokies' two-year team captain received honorable mention notice from league media in his final year, as he made 94 stops, 2.5 for loss, and two pass break-ups.
STRENGTHS Durable three-year starter. Productive tackler who shows no hesitation to step downhill. Tracks ball carriers with balanced, leveraged approach. Under control as a tackler. Efficient and diligent in his mirror of the quarterback. Head stays on a swivel from receiver back to quarterback. Plays with elevated instincts. He will start breaking on throws at the beginning of quarterback's windup. Has enough range to play over the top and will plant his flag in the ribs of pass catcher to dislodge the throw. Plays with good route anticipation in man coverage. Not easily duped by bunch formations or misdirection. Maintains leverage against slot receivers and crowds in-breaking routes while looking to disrupt at the catch point.
WEAKNESSES A shade smaller than teams will like from a combination safety. Can be manipulated by quarterbacks who push safeties around with their eyes. Shows a little stickiness in his hips when faced with coverage transitions. Aggressive nature gets him tangled in the sticky web of play-action fakes. Occasionally voids coverage responsibility to chase running plays that aren't there.
SOURCES TELL US "I guess you like him more than me because I think he's JAG (just a guy). He's instinctive but what else? I don't see anything special. To me, he's a backup who will always be looking over his shoulder for his roster spot." -- NFC Director of Player Personnel
BOTTOM LINE Clark is a little smaller than the NFL norm and that will likely hurt him some on draft day since the safety position is often drafted based heavily on physical traits. Clark is a willing tackler who can play a combo safety role thanks to his instincts and ball skills. Position coaches may end up liking him much more than the evaluators who are tasked with finding traits-based talent. Clark could become a third safety who works his way into playing time.
-Lance Zierlein

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