Jerrod Clark NFL Draft

Jerrod Clark

  • IDL Coastal Carolina
  • Senior
  • #239
  • 6'4"
  • 345lbs
  • Prospect
  • Sun Belt

Prospect Summary

Jerrod Clark 2023 NFL Draft Scouting Report

Background: 

  • Two-sport high school athlete (football and basketball)
  • Suffered a spinal injury in 2019
  • Caught 26 touchdown passes in three seasons while amassing 192 tackles and 31 sacks on defense in 35 career starts

System: 

  • Scheme tendencies: Multiple fronts
  • 2022 projected role: Starting nose tackle

Pros: Jerrod Clark is an ideal fit for a run-stuffing nose tackle. Aligns as a 0 and 1-technique for his defense. Clark has the build/power combination to control and occupy two gaps versus the run. I admire the pad level Clark plays with, especially for a DL of his stature. He comes off the ball with a functional lean, allowing him to drive through gaps into the backfield. Clark uses his power and 82-inch wing span to drive IOL into the backfield. His presence demands multiple blockers, freeing up his LBs. When asked to slant, there is enough quickness to get into the backfield and disrupt the offensive plays. Clark has six sacks and 12 hurries throughout his first two seasons at Coastal Carolina, showing some pass-rush upside. His athleticism does not come as a surprise because Clark began his career as a tight end before transitioning to the defensive line in 2019 spring practice.

Cons: Jerrod Clark is equipped to get into the backfield but securing tackles is key. He has been charted for 14 missed tackles in two seasons. Clark’s pass-rush package is not deep when tasked to deconstruct blocks quickly without power. He is more of a build-up pass rusher at this point in his development. At his weight, there will be concerns over stamina and how much playing time he can handle. I would like to see more strength in the lower half to stonewall wash-down block attempts. With his upper-body strength and build, exhibiting more dominance in 2022 will be pivotal to his draft stock.

Jerrod Clark NFL Draft Scouting Report by Damian Parson