The Bengals’ offensive line still needs a lot of work, so don’t be surprised if they select multiple linemen in the 2020 NFL Draft. One late-round prospect to keep an eye on is Charlotte offensive lineman Cameron Clark.
According to Draft Network’s Jordan Reid, Clark had a pre-draft FaceTime meeting with the Bengals among other teams.
Charlotte OT Cameron Clark, one of the more underrated prospects in this class, is receiving significant interest. He’s already had 12 FaceTime meetings with teams that include the #Browns, #Jets, #Bills, #Redskins, #Chiefs, and #Bengals, per source.— Jordan Reid (@JReidNFL) April 12, 2020
A three-year starter and team captain the last two years, Clark spent most of his career at left tackle, where he earned All-Conference USA honors in each of the past two seasons. He was voted as the team MVP for the 2017 season, invited to the 2020 Scouting Combine, and took part in the East-West Shrine Game.
But at 6-4 and 308 pounds with 34 1/8-inch arms, Clark is projected as an offensive guard at the next level, including by NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein, who offered up this scouting report:
Two-year captain and three-year starter
Broad frame, long arms and big hands
Impressive pushing Clemson around at point of attack
Twitchy upper body with plenty of pop and strength
Ability to turn and secure man-on-man blocks
Quality effort level to recover in second phase
Filthy demeanor as block finisher in run game
Tackle experience and traits a plus inside
Punch should become more stout and consistent with work
Ran penalty total too high in 2019
Below average quickness laterally and on pulls
Needs to play with much better pad level as drive blocker
Inconsistent anticipation of block angles
Feet lag behind, leading to some block slippage in sustain
Needs to vary his punch approach
Redirect steps are a little tardy
Allowed leakage from post on counters and from B-gap rushers
The Bengals love having versatile lineman, so a guy like Clark who projects as a guard but can play tackle in a pinch could make him a sneaky late-round option for the Bengals.