The Cincinnati Bengals only took one defensive lineman in the NFL Draft, and they just landed a notable name in undrafted free agency.
According to beat writer Brandon Sudge, the Bengals have agreed to a contract with Georgia Bulldogs defensive lineman Tyler Clark.
Former Georgia DL Tyler Clark has signed as an undrafted free agent with the Cincinnati Bengals, per the @vaynersports agency.— Brandon Sudge (@brandonsudge) April 26, 2020
For now, Clark becomes the most notable undrafted free agent the Bengals have signed, as he was actually given a draftable grade by NFL.com.
“I wouldn’t say he’s a playmaker but he’s kind of hard to keep blocked. He’s got a funky playing style and is just really slick to sustain against.” — Defensive coach for AFC team
BOOOOM!!!!— GEORGIA HEROES (@GeorgiaHeroes) November 16, 2019
DT Tyler Clark (@TylerClark50) pic.twitter.com/ezmoxMlJIQ
This past season, Clark racked up 26 tackles, eight tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks in 13 games while earning Second-Team All-SEC honors. He’s been a full-time starter for the last three seasons and appeared in all 13 games as a true freshman in 2016.
Clark certainly flashes NFL potential, but his inconsistencies and limited abilities as a pass-rusher kept him from being a higher-valued prospect going into the pre-draft process. He wasn’t invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, and with no real pro days, he was unable to impress teams leading into the draft.
Now, Clark will compete with for one of the final defensive line spots on the Bengals’ roster for next season.