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Should the Cowboys Take a Chance on Damone Clark?

Outside of , the linebacker position is very thin for the . has underperformed, we don’t know what could be and hasn’t escaped yet.

In the middle rounds of the 2022 NFL Draft, LSU’s Damone Clark is an option at linebacker. Last season, Clark was a First-team All-SEC selection and received Second-team All-America honors from Sporting News, recording 135 tackles and 5.5 . He wore the No. 18 jersey as a Tiger, a number given to a player who exhibits high amounts of character.

What stands out most about Clark is his speed. He’s a sideline to sideline linebacker with an ability to make a play anywhere on the field. Clark is great at pursuing ball carriers and uses his athleticism and quickness to stop the run, plugging gaps and disrupting plays. His mobility and footwork also allow him to spy quarterbacks well.

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Beyond his physical traits, Clark has great mental awareness as well. His ability to recognize plays is top-notch, allowing Clark to move around the field easier because he knows where the ball is going. He reads plays and route concepts quickly when defending the pass and stops them effectively. There’s room for improvement in that area, but Clark does well covering the middle of the field.

Dallas could need someone like Clark. Parsons is an exceptional player with few weaknesses. But if he has one, it’s his . Clark is an efficient run defender with his range and tackling ability. His athleticism matches his high intelligence, making Clark a great all-around defender.

The risk in taking him is his health. Clark will miss the due to a spinal fusion to correct a herniated disk. His is the only reason he won’t be a second-round pick. But, he’ll make a full recovery by the 2023 season. By that time, Vander Esch may be gone, giving Clark an ample opportunity to make an impact.

When that time comes, he’ll be ready, and he’ll be beneficial for the Cowboys.

What do you think?

Nick Coppola

Written by Nick Coppola

Student at the University of Oklahoma. Reporter for OU Daily. Junior Writer for Inside The Star. Contributor for Guns Up Nation.

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  1. Really not sure this makes sense, because they would be using a 2022 pick for a 2023 player. Sounds familiar. He is a very nice player and If he drops far enough, then maybe, but they have multiple holes to fill THIS YEAR.

      • Yup, injured “1st round” LB? There goes our 2nd rounder.

        I guess the only consolation would be that he was projected as a 2nd rounder to begin with, so it may “only” cost us a 3rd.

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