With nose tackle B.J. Raji walking away from football for at least a year, the Green Bay Packers were left with a gaping hole on the defensive line.
The Packers used the 27th pick in the NFL Draft to select UCLA defensive lineman Kenny Clark.
Job one for Clark will be to stop the run. Packers general manager Ted Thompson said Clark may have the chance to rush the passer on selected passing downs.
Playing a 3-4 defense requires a good nose tackle. They had one with Raji. Now they’re hoping Clark will step in and be productive from the start.
Thompson had his choice among defensive linemen, but he chose Clark. The list of big men available included A’Shawn Robinson and Jarran Reed of Alabama, Vernon Butler of Louisiana Tech and defensive end Robert Nkemdiche of Mississippi. [Read more…]