Over the past half of a week, we here at The Baltimore Feather took a quasi-hiatus. We apologize for this, but due to circumstances beyond our control we were unable to continue publishing articles during that period. We are getting back into the grove starting today, as we finish up our Ravens Draft Review series, with a review of Baltimore’s sixth round selection, Chuck Clark. Clark is a former safety, out of Virginia Tech. As a sixth round pick, Clark has a long way to go if he wants to make the roster. Today, we are going to discuss Clark’s skill set, his fit in Baltimore, while making predictions for him, providing college statistics, and giving the selection a grade.
Chuck Clark is primarily known for his tackling abilities. He uses his instincts to make tackles very effectively. Throughout his four year career in college, he was able to rack up an insane 292 tackles averaging 73 each year. He is also an effective pass coverage safety. His previously mentioned instincts help him to predict and jump routes. He was a three year starter for Virginia Tech, and very rarely had any injuries.
Fit in Baltimore
Unfortunatly for Chuck Clark, he will have a very difficult time making the roster for the Baltimore Ravens. However, it can be done. Clark will either end up on the practice squad for the Baltimore Ravens, or as a backup safety for them if he is not cut out right. If he does stay with the Ravens, he will be a quality depth player for a few seasons.
Predictions for Clark
Clark will be a filler player for the Ravens. After training camp this offseason, he will be downgraded to the practice squad. During the season, however, he will be elevated to the 53 man roster due inevitable injuries to players, opening up room on the roster for Clark. Clark will be a solid depth player for the Ravens for the next couple of years after that. Clark will eventually leave in free agency in an attempt to find a better spot on an NFL team’s depth chart.
2013 – (Freshman Year) – 24 tackles.
2014 – (Sophomore Year) – 73 tackles, 8.5 for a loss, 1.5 sacks, 1 interception.
2015 – (Junior Year) – 102 tackles, 3 for a loss, 1 sack, 1 interception.
2016 – (Senior Year) – 93 tackles, 2.5 for a loss, 1 forced fumble.
The Ravens selected Chuck Clark with their final pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, at 186 overall, a sixth round pick. Clark is a developmental player with some depth potential. The Ravens overall stuck to their guns and chose the best overall prospect for them on the table, which was Clark. Overall, this selection gets a B grade overall. Clark is an effective tackling safety, with developmental potential. As a sixth round pick, it doesn’t get much better than that.