Typical of the Green Bay Packers. They draft a player and then don’t give him a defined position.
That’s pretty much been the M.O. of Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy. It was addressed on the podcast on Monday — the Packers defensive line is largely made up of interior defensive linemen, some of which the Packers ask to play defensive end.
Clark, who played at 315 in 2015, was a nose tackle in college. That won’t necessarily be his role in Green Bay, at least as far as Clark knows.
“They were talking about me being versatile, me being quick, so I don’t know what position I’ll actually be playing when I get up there,” Clark told Mike Heller. “I know all of the situations with the D line… but I don’t know where they’re going to be putting me at. I think I can play a lot of spots on the defensive live and I’m just going to be happy to play wherever they want me to play.”
Well, Kenny, there are only three spots on the Packers’ defensive line, so it will be one of those.
But there’s that word.
We know the Packers are in LOVE with versatility. Sometimes that seems to end up meaning a guy is a jack of all trades and a master of none. Other times, it ends up meaning the Packers have two guys who are really only suited to play one position, but they have to play one of them at a position he isn’t very good at because they don’t have another option.
We saw that latter scenario play out when the Packers had both Ryan Pickett and B.J. Raji on the roster. Both, obviously nose tackles. The Packers insisted Raji could play defensive end though and they made him do just that.
They were wrong and Raji was awful.
So, let’s all hope Clark fits the true definition of versatile and not the Packers’ definition. Otherwise, we may just have another nose tackle who’s being forced to play defensive end because the Packers refuse to draft a legitimate 3-4 defensive end.