Round Five – Pick number 162: Jerrod Clark, Defensive Tackle, Coastal Carolina
The NFL Draft has some interesting defensive tackles in it and picking one here for the Dallas Cowboys seems like the smart play. With the 162nd pick in round five, the Cowboys get a big bodied defensive tackle from Coastal Carolina, Jerrod Clark.
Clark is a 6’4″ 340-pound human shadow creator that will provide the team some versatility and much needed strength on this defense. This is going to be another welcomed addition for Micah Parsons. He’s been pretty much begging for interior defensive line help since the season ended. Well, Jerry and Co. will give him the help he has been asking for.
Clark has enough explosiveness that if you need a sack or pressure on the quarterback, he’ll give that to you. Yes, his bulk is tailor made for the nose but lining him over a weaker guard similar to how Kansas City uses Chris Jones would cause nightmares for the offense. The same folks at PFF rated his pass rush in his final season as a 77.0 and his run defense as a 74.9. He threw in 10 sacks and 34 quarterback hurries over his past three seasons for good measure.
If you are tired of watching our defensive tackles get blown up off the line and I believe most Dallas Cowboys fans are, this is a long-term solution who will help the pass rush and the run defense. Dallas should bring Jonathan Hankins back for another season to help bring the young rookie along and teach him the finer points of the trade. From there, take the training wheels off and watch him give our offensive line all they can handle in training camp for years to come.