Will Clapp

LSU
C

Prospect Info

College
LSU
Hometown
Class
New Orleans, LA
r-Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 5"
311 lbs
31 1/4”
Hands
9 5/8”

Prospect Grade

5.30
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
New Orleans
Saints
Round 7 ‧ Pick 27
40 Yard Dash
5.39
Seconds
 
Bench Press
25
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
29.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
97.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
8.04
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.92
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
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Seconds
 
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LSU has had its issues on offense, but you can't blame the play of Clapp, who starred at multiple positions before leaving a season early to play in the NFL. He started all 13 games at center in 2017, garnering first-team All-SEC notice. Clapp helped Leonard Fournette and Derrius Guice run all over defenses as a first-team all-conference left guard in 11 games as a sophomore. The New Orleans native and four-star recruit started all 12 games (11 at right guard, one at left guard) for the Tigers as a redshirt freshman, receiving Freshman All-American accolades from multiple outlets. Will's father, Tommy, played defensive tackle at LSU from 1984-87.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 5-6
NFL Comparison
Ben Jones
Overview
Steady, durable and reliable, Clapp has appealing size, but he's more likely to man his position than to help make a noticeable improvement to an offensive line. His guard/center flexibility gives him an advantage over some other center prospects, but he might be more of an eventual starter than early starter if he goes to a decent team.
Strengths
  • Has good overall size for the position
  • Has experience and ability to handle guard reps if needed
  • Uses consistent footwork as wall-off blocker in tight quarters
  • Adequate ability to pin down blocks
  • Has hand strength to latch on for longer sustain
  • Plays with impressive intelligence and awareness in pass protection
  • Spies when and where pre-snap trouble is brewing
  • Has outstanding recognition and timing with his dual blocks against blitzers
  • Carries the mass and anchor to absorb power rushers and hang tight
  • Durable worker bee
Weaknesses
  • Appears to be lacking in broadness across his back and overall arm length
  • Build is top-heavy
  • Below average athletic ability
  • Lacks consistency on second level
  • Long-armed defenders punch and dislodge too quickly from his blocks
  • Below average leg drive as run blocker
  • Unable to find positioning and strength to keep a nose from playing through his move block
  • Pass sets can be a little straight-legged accompanied by some bend at the waist
  • Pass sets are a little heavy-footed against athletic interior rushers
Sources Tell Us

"He's really smart and he's a great worker and teammate. He has his limitations but a lot of starters in the league have limitations." -- NFC team area scout

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league