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Today’s Spotlight -UTSA, Wide Receiver, De’Corian Clark
Name- De’Corian Clark
HT/WT- 6’3” 215 lbs
Home – Fort Worth, TX
De’Corian Clark was a multi-sport athlete at O.D. Wyatt High School in Fort Worth, Texas, where he played both wide receiver and returner, and was a track & field star. He holds the school’s long jump record with a jump of 24-9 ½ and during his senior year, he was named the District-MVP and committed to play football for UTSA.
Clark’s playing time was limited in his first two seasons, only getting into 5 games and hauling in 9 passes for 63 yards with 1 touchdown. During his junior season, Clark established himself as a productive starting wide receiver and in 13 games snared 52 passes for 755 yards and 7 touchdowns.
This season De’Corian Clark has taken his game to a new level and has cemented himself as a quality prospect in this draft. Through 9 games he has 51 catches for 741 yards and has already scored 8 touchdowns.
Clark has a good combination of size and speed and is very fluid with his release off the line. He runs with effortless motion and his speed sneaks up on defenders in coverage. He demonstrates efficient body control and can make catches outside of catch radius. He uses a combination of “stop and go” moves to create separation and runs precise routes which are hard to mirror. He does an excellent job of easing up and out of routes and finding open spots on the field to settle into.
Though Clark has sufficient size and speed, he has never been much of a weapon after the catch. He has moments when he lets the ball get too close to his body, instead of catching the ball out front. He’s used as a deep target a lot for the Roadrunners but overall has run a limited route tree, but should be used in the NFL differently, lining him up all over. He needs to do a better job of high-pointing passes to take advantage of his size.
Watching film on De’Corian Clark, Draft 412 saw a lot of New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas. Clark is a little faster than Thomas, but both do a great job of getting in and out of routes and being able to contort their bodies to make catches on poorly thrown balls. Thomas was a 2nd round pick in 2016 out of Ohio State and even though Clark won’t go quite that high, he has the athleticism you just cannot teach.
Different pace on routes
Lack of snaring passes
Limited route tree
Clark is a freak athlete who does not get the press of other top prospects. Draft 412 sees him as a mid-round pick who will grow into a serviceable NFL receiver.
Draft 412 Draft Prediction - 4th or 5th round