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New York Jets Off the Clock: Fourth-Round Pick Offensive Tackle Cameron Clark, Charlotte

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New York Jets Off the Clock: Fourth-Round Pick Offensive Tackle Cameron Clark, Charlotte

2020-05-31 15:10:30

 

-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: New York Jets fourth-round pick Cameron Clark. (Image Source: Charlotte49ers.com)

The New York Jets had nine picks in the 2020 NFL Draft, including five Day 3 selections. As we take the Jets “Off the Clock,” we’ll breakdown all nine of their draft picks, continuing with the third of their three fourth-round choices:

Round 4; Pick 23 (129th Overall): OT Cameron Clark, Charlotte

Jets OTC: Offensive Needs | Defensive Needs | Mekhi Becton | Denzel Mims | Ashtyn Davis | Jabari Zuniga | La’Mical Perine | James Morgan | NFL Draft Links: Picks 1-8 | Picks 9-16 | Picks 17-24 | Picks 27-32 |

Measurables: At 6’4” and 308 pounds, Clark is slightly undersized for an offensive lineman. He does make up for it with long arms (34 1/8”) and some of the biggest hands at the NFL Scouting Combine (11”). He threw up a solid bench press with 26 reps, with an average 40-time (5.29), as well as broad jump (8’5”), but a poor vertical jump (25").

Skill Set: The Charlotte product has quick feet and knows how to use those long arms in pass protection to keep defenders from getting into his body. Clark has the reputation of being a smart player with excellent technique who is not afraid to mix it up. Very physical in the trenches, has strong hands, and can drive back defenders. General manager Joe Douglas loves the way Clark “finishes.”

Value: With a strong senior season, Clark proved he was a draftable player, but most had him pegged for the fifth or sixth round, not this early on Day 3.

Need: Douglas has a great understanding of New York’s need to rebuild their offensive line and not just at tackle. It was addressed via free agency, but some of those were more short-term fixes which is why drafting a second offensive lineman in the first four rounds was a wise move.

Mogollon’s Pick: On the same wavelength, I had my eye on the offensive line but Michigan offensive guard Ben Bredeson (No. 143) would have been my target with New York’s sixth pick of the 2020 NFL Draft. He’s more proven against higher-caliber opponents.

Who Else Did They Pass Up? Staying with the interior O-line, Wisconsin man Tyler Biadasz (No. 146) was a viable option, while Penn State cornerback John Reid (No. 141) could have also filled a need. How about another edge rusher? Notre Dame’s Khalid Kareem (No. 147) and Syracuse’s Alton Robinson (No. 148) were the first two picks of the fifth round.

2020 Outlook & Beyond: The expectations for Clark as a rookie aren’t very high. He’s a developmental pick so any contributions the team receives from him in 2020 is a bonus. This selection was made with the future in mind, as Douglas hopes to develop his own offensive linemen rather than have to dip into the free-agent market regularly. A left tackle at Charlotte, most believe Clark’s future in the NFL is inside at guard.

Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America. He is also a voter for the Thorpe and the Rotary Lombardi Award, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards. You can reach him via email: danmogollon@gmail.com.

 
 

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