Damone Clark | LB | LSU

The Eagles have definitely made some offseason moves at the linebacker position. With the signing of Haason Reddick and Kyzir White, they have strengthened the middle of the field. I would like you to think about one more addition Damone Clark LB LSU. Clark was a four-star recruit out of Southern Lab High School in Baton Rouge, where his family moved after Hurricane Katrina forced them to relocate from New Orleans. He may fall in the draft due to a surgery he had last month to fuse disks in his back.

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He started three of 15 appearances for the national champs in 2019 (50 tackles, four for loss with 3.5 sacks) one year after playing in 12 contests as a reserve his true freshman season (one tackle). Clark was awarded the special No. 18 jersey before the 2020 season (he was No. 35), a tradition that honors players who display a “selfless attitude that has become the epitome of being an LSU football player,” according to the LSU media guide.

Others who’ve worn No. 18 include quarterback Matt Mauck (who won a national title), tight end Foster Moreau, fullback Jacob Hester and pass rusher K’Lavon Chaisson, among others. Damone Clark LB LSU had to help make up for the departed Jacob Phillips and Patrick Queen that season, starting five of 10 games played (63 tackles, four for loss with one sack). His 2021 efforts put him squarely in the sights of scouts and gained him first-team All-SEC and Butkus Award finalist accolades.

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Damone Clark LB LSU

Clark ranked fourth in the FBS with 135 tackles, led the Tigers with 15.5 tackles for loss (with 5.5 sacks), intercepted one pass, broke up three others and forced two fumbles in 12 starts. He opted out of the team’s bowl game to prepare for the NFL draft. Long, well-built inside linebacker packed into an athletic frame. Athleticism, toughness and tackling talent helped Clark piled up production in 2021 despite a lack of game-to-game consistency.

Play recognition and instincts are erratic and could continue to be, but his game against Alabama should be weighed more heavily in his favor, as it shows what he’s capable of against bigger, better opponents. Clark profiles as an early backup and special teams performer with projectable upside in the middle. However, the spinal fusion surgery he underwent in March is likely to sideline him for the 2022 season and could cause him to drop lower than his tools warrant on draft day.

Pros

  • Exceptional football character.
  • Benefitted from playing alongside Devin White and Patrick Queen.
  • Brings a consistent physicality to the field.
  • Maintains separation from blockers.
  • Able to fit in firmly and stop short-yardage carries.
  • Instincts and recognition showed in-season development.
  • Played exceptional football in loss to Alabama.
  • Crashes down like a wave on ball-carriers.
  • Plays with reactive agility to shine as open-field tackler.

Cons

  • Has issues reading play-fakes and mesh-point action.
  • Misdirected by false keys.
  • Pursuit speed is more build-up than burst-based.
  • Needs to challenge and stack blocks to squeeze the gap.
  • Route recognition and challenge from zone is average.
  • Likely to miss 2022 season after undergoing spinal fusion surgery to repair a herniated disk in March.
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