Photo of Donavon Clark
Drafted By: Chargers
  • Round 7
  • Pick 3
  • Overall 224
Grade
4.82 ?

Draft Analysis:

This is a safe, late-round flyer on a guy familiar with pro concepts on one of the best offensive lines in college football last season. San Diego needs line help, so he's worth a look in camp. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'4" Height
  • 315LBS. Weight

Overview

The Spartans had one of the best offensive lines in the country in 2015, when healthy. And when injuries took out someone up front, Clark used his toughness, stout build and length to change positions. Spartan coaches plugged him in at left tackle for four games in 2013, split his time between right tackle (five games) and right guard (eight) during his junior year, and he switched back and forth between those last two positions often during his senior year. The 2015 third-team All-Big Ten coaches' pick is best inside at the next level, and he has the attributes to provide reliable backup services, if not start.


Pro Day Results


40-yard dash: 5.17 seconds
Vertical: 27 inches
Broad jump: 8 feet, 6 inches
Short shuttle: 4.6 seconds
3-cone drill: 7.57 seconds
Bench: 26 reps of 225 pounds

Analysis

Strengths

Decent quickness laterally when asked to pull and trap. Has quick second step off the snap and into his target. Showed versatility in college. Primarily started at right guard, but also had nine starts at right tackle and six starts at left tackle. Wide­ body with power to push if his contact point is good. Praised for leadership qualities. Good football IQ. Was shifted from position to position in-­game and was able to handle responsibilities. Recognizes twist looks.

Weaknesses

High cut with issues changing direction. Plays in both running game and passing game with a base that is entirely too narrow causing him to lose balance. Leans into second level blocks with head and shoulders out over his feet. Unable to sustain blocks for very long and struggles to consistently secure blocks when asked to move. Hand placement can turn into hug placement.

Draft Projection

Undrafted free agent

Bottom Line

Wide-­bodied guard prospect who has been able to handle his business at tackle when called on, but who lacks the athleticism to play outside in the pros. Clark’s inability to sustain blocks and make the most of his power stems, in part, from a very narrow play base and that could be challenging to correct. His intelligence and toughness give him a shot at making a roster.
-Lance Zierlein
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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