Bolts Tackle O-Line Needs With OL Corey Clark
OT Corey Clark (Ronald Martinez/Getty)
OT Corey Clark (Ronald Martinez/Getty)

Posted Apr 27, 2008


True to his style, A.J. Smith waited until the later rounds to bolster depth on the offensive line. The Chargers used their final pick in the 2008 NFL draft on Texas A&M lineman Corey Clark. Clark has the size and versatility the Chargers look for and will compete with Tony Pape for the right to back up starters Marcus McNeill and Jeromey Clary.

The Chargers landed Texas A&M tackle Corey Clark with the No. 234 pick in round seven. Although A.J. Smith hoped to find a tackle earlier in the draft, the Chargers are thrilled with the value Clark provides at the end of day two.

Clark (6'6", 318 pounds) has the run-blocking ability to back up Jeromey Clary on the right side and the athleticism to play behind Marcus McNeill on the left. The versatility is huge for the Chargers, who have only journeyman Tony Pape in reserve at the all-important tackle position.

It is still possible the Chargers could sign a veteran free agent at the position, with L.J. Shelton believed to be a serious candidate.

Regardless, San Diego will give Clark a chance to stick. He was a three-year starter in the Big 12 and has the experience to compete for playing time early in his career. If can he lower his pad level and up his intensity, he could push Clary for playing time somewhere down the line.

The Chargers like Clark's raw ability. He is a good positional blocker and has the long arms and athletic ability to make blocks on the second level. His technique and footwork could use some improvement, but offensive line coach Jack Henry certainly has some quality tools to work with.

The biggest knock on Clark is that he lacks intensity. However, playing with Kris Dielman and Nick Hardwick should work wonders in that regard.



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