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Ucla's Kenny Clark Says He Received Second-Round Draft Grade

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UCLA defensive tackle Kenny Clark says he's yet to decide whether he'll apply for early entry into the 2016 NFL Draft, but he has a better idea of where he'll be picked if he does make the jump to the pros.

Clark, a junior, revealed on Tuesday that he received a second-round draft grade from the NFL Draft Advisory Board, per Scout.com.

"For them to even say that you're a second-round pick is a great accomplishment for yourself," Clark said. "Definitely it motivates me to want to be a first-round pick. I don't try to put any pressure of anything on myself. It is what it is."

Underclassmen have until a Jan. 18 deadline to apply for early draft eligibility, and Clark didn't give an indication of which way he's leaning. He could play in his final college game on Saturday when the Bruins meet Nebraska in the Foster Farms Bowl.

Underclassmen that request feedback from the advisory board receive one of three grades: first round, second round or neither, which serves as advice to stay in school.

Clark has starred on a UCLA defense that was hit hard by injuries this season. Clark's fellow defensive tackle, Eddie Vanderdoes, was lost for the season after suffering a knee injury in the Bruins' season opener vs. Virginia. Clark said the idea of returning to play next to Vanderdoes next season is appealing.

"I think coming back, me and Eddie would tear college football up," Clark said. "Just watching the Virginia game, you saw what was going to happen."

Clark was the only UCLA player selected first-team All-Pac-12 this season after recording 64 tackles (second on the team), including nine for a loss (five sacks).

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Yea i cant get on the Clark hype train. I came away unimpressed with the videos I've seen on him.

We dont have the luxury of picking "maybe they'll develop" players in this draft. We need homerun hits. Instant contributors that can play football.

We got instant contributors in the last draft, but they cant play football.

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UCLA junior defensive tackle Kenny Clark announced on Monday that he will give up his final year of eligibility to enter the 2016 NFL Draft. He revealed last week that he received a second round evaluation from the draft advisory board.

After much thought and consideration with my family, I have decided to forego my career at UCLA and enter the 2016 NFL Draft, Clark said in a statement that he posted on social media. I am ready to take the next step forward and excited to pursue my dream toward being the best player I can be in the NFL.

Clark is currently rated as the No. 4 defensive tackle prospect in the 2016 class by NFLDraftScout.com. He is also ranked 22nd overall and appears in the first round of mock drafts. Clark is the second underclassmen defender from UCLA to declare early with hopes of landing in the first round, joining linebacker Myles Jack.

A two-year starter, Clark lined up primarily as a nose tackle and one-technique defensive tackle in UCLAs 4-3 base defense, finishing second on the team in tackles (75) in 2015. He was a high school wrestling champ and many of those maneuvers translate from the mat to the football field, playing with low hips, leverage and power.

Clark is powerful at the point of attack to overwhelm blockers and re-establish the line of scrimmage, shutting down the middle of the field. His stout run defense will be attractive to both even and odd fronts in the NFL.

While still developing his pass rush skills, Clark flashes the violence, agility and motor to twist and drive blockers backwards, projecting as a three-down interior player at the next level.

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He should be available in our range. This is the guy I want 1st rd in the trenches. I love the part about the violent hands. He is good against the run and a good pass rusher. Very physical, which DQ preaches.

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