The Eagles are looking for anyway they can to improve upon last year's successful season. The front seven performed well against the run last season, but the pass rush was pretty limited. The Eagles need to add some pressure to opposing quarterbacks and the draft looks to be the only answer for that upgrade. Philadelphia has shown interest in West Virginia's Will Clarke, who has the size and talent the Eagles covet.
A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., Clarke committed to West Virginia in 2009. He redshirted as a freshman and only saw action in four games the following season as an ankle injury plagued his first year of action. As a redshirt sophomore, Clarke appeared in 13 games (11 starts) and collected 34 tackles, two sacks and a pass breakup.
In 2012, Clarke was the full-time starter at defensive end. He was named All-Big 12 Conference Honorable Mention after finishing with 26 tackles (6.5 for loss), 1.5 sacks and three pass breakups. Clarke finished his college career with 50 tackles, six sacks and three pass breakups. He was invited to the Senior Bowl.
Weight: 271 lbs
Arm Length: 34 5/8"
Hands: 9 7/8"
40: 4.77 seconds
Bench Press: 22 reps
Vertical Jump: 32.0 inches
Broad Jump: 112.0 inches
3 Cone: 7.26 seconds
Shuttle: 4.57 seconds
Clarke is a smart football player that trusts his instincts. He will fight through blocks and is absolutely massive. He is good at getting pressure and has a few pass rushing moves. He has solid strength and tackles with confidence. He can help collapse the pocket and is active throughout every play. He gets a solid burst off the line.
He has stiff hips and runs upright. He is not a fan of contact when pass rushing and too frequently tries to run around offensive tackles. He is not fast and seems limited as a pass rusher, as he is able to get pressure but hardly finishes.
The Eagles put Clarke through linebacker drills when they met with him this offseason and he reportedly looked good in space. While that may be just a tidbit for their overall analysis of the player, it is an interesting look when you consider his tape. Clarke seems to be an ill fit for 3-4 outside linebacker due to his stiff hips and lack of coverage experience. He is likely more of a five technique in an odd front or a nine technique in a 4-3. Depending on how well linebacker drills went for Clarke, the Eagles may decide to take him in May. He is likely to go at some point on Day 2.