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NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: West Virginia DE Will Clarke

04.26.14 at 9:10 am ET
By will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that may be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2014 NFL draft. Here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’€™s time for the Patriots to make a selection.


Position: Defensive end

School: West Virginia

Height: 6-foot-6

Weight: 271 pounds

Achievements: 2013 second-team All-Big 12, 2012 All-Big 12 honorable mention (Associated Press)

What he brings: Clarke has ideal size, a strong, athletic frame and an explosive reaction off the snap. Analysts note that he can become too stiff and that he plays too tall.

Where the Patriots could get him: Rounds 3-4

Notes: During the 2013 season, Clarke led the team with six sacks and 17 tackles for loss. … The Pittsburgh native, who majored in criminology and investigations, is the only Vest Virginia player to receive the Iron Mountaineer honor — an award given for excellence in the weight room — three times. … He has drawn comparisons to Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones.

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Video: Here is a video highlighting Clarke’s career at West Virginia.

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