With the 113th pick in #MockOne the New York Giants select Will Clarke, DE, West Virginia University.
Oct 5, 2013; Waco, TX, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers defensive lineman Will Clarke (98) hits Baylor Bears quarterback Seth Russell (17) during the second half at Floyd Casey Stadium. The Bears defeated the Mountaineers 73-42. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Clarke has great size at 6’6, 271lb to be a prototypical 4-3 base defensive end. He is a high character player who is also very versatile as he was asked to play multiple positions in college. In a class that doesn’t have a lot of true 4-3 defensive ends, Clarke has definitely gone under the radar. In a way, he reminds me a bit of Justin Tuck and how he had gone under the radar in his draft year. We can only hope that Clarke would be able to live up to that comparison, especially since one of the main reasons why we drafted him is to step in and eventually replace Tuck, next year, if not this year.
Jan 6, 2014; Pasadena, CA, USA; Auburn Tigers cornerback Chris Davis (11) fields a punt against Florida State Seminoles linebacker Christian Jones (7) during the second half of the 2014 BCS National Championship game at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Some other players that we had targeted before they were selected in front of us were Christian Jones (DE, Florida State University) & Ka’Deem Carey (RB, Arizona). We also had some interest in Louchiez Purifoy (CB, University of Florida) & Travis Swanson (C, Arkansas). Ultimately, we are worried about the huge bust potential Purifoy presents, even though he is a tremendous athlete. We also felt Swanson is not special and there are some other players at the position we have our eye on in later rounds. While we lost out on Carey, I believe there are a couple of diamond in the roughs a la Ahmad Bradshaw from the 2007 draft. I have to say I was a bit sad to see Christian Jones go before we could pick, as his leadership and athletic ability is something the Giants linebacker group sorely needs.
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