With the 27th pick of the 2016 NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers selected Kenny Clark from UCLA. With the news of Myles Jack having a potentially career limiting knee condition and Reggie Ragland suffering from an enlarged aorta, GM Ted Thompson held steady and decided the best value was with Clark. Fans may not be as understanding, but with the surprising move made by B.J. Raji to take a year off from football, the Packers don’t even have enough defensive lineman going into the 2016 season, no matter how bad the inside linebackers have played.
Below are Clark’s combine results compared to B.J. Raji.
|Measurement||Kenny Clark||B.J. Raji|
|Height||6 ft 2-1/2 in||6 ft 1-1/2 in|
|Weight||315 lbs||333 lbs|
|40 yard||5.07 seconds||5.15 seconds|
|Bench Press||29 reps||33 reps|
|Vertical Jump||28-1/2 in||32 in|
|Short Shuttle||4.62 seconds||4.69 seconds|
|Three Cone Shuttle||7.73 seconds||7.90 seconds|
The Highlight Reel
With Defensive linemen A’Shawn Robinson and Jarran Reed still on the board, you have to wonder if their inability to create pressure on passing downs is what prevented GM Ted Thompson from taking them. It’s impossible to grade a draft for a few years so I won’t even bother, but if Clark can stay healthy he could potentially be a staple on the Packer’s defensive line for years to come.