Scouting Report: Adrien Clarke

Adrien Clarke

At one time looking like the next big time offensive lineman to come out of Columbus, now Adrien Clarke just looks big, too big, as his weight gain has concerned coaches and is jeopardizing his future as a starter.

Full Name: Adrien Clarke     School: Ohio St

Ht:  6-4   Wt: 355?    40: 5.45

Year: 4Jr   Number: 63

Stats/ Bio:  

2001: Began the year at left tackle, but finished the season as the left guard, starting all 11 regular season games. 

2000: Started at left tackle from week two on. 

Scouting Report:

The Good:   Versatile lineman that dominates opponents at the point of attack.  Has been used at both guard and tackle, successfully handling each duty.  Starts low to the ground, displays great jolt with his arms and easily rides oncoming rushers our of their angle of attack or gets movement from his run blocks.  Keeps his feet moving in pass protection, uses blocking angles well and a nasty lineman that looks for someone to hit, working to take defenders out of the play.  

The Bad:  Does not explode off the snap, bends at the waist and not effective on the second level.  Lacks the great footwork and ability to block in space.  Eating himself out of a starting job; reportedly showed up to camp in August weighing a hefty 360-pounds and resisted attempts to get his weight back in check.  

The Skinny:   Prior to this season reminded us a lot of LeCharles Bentley, the second round choice of the Saints last April who is having great success in New Orleans, but must get back on track and make football a priority if he wants a future at the next level. Recommended Stories

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