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NFL Draft Prospect Preview - Clark Barrington

by J.T. Toth


Photo courtesy of Baylor Athletics.


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Today’s Spotlight - Baylor, Center, Clark Barrington


Name- Clark Barrington

Pos- Center

Team- Baylor

HT/WT- 6’6” 306 lbs.

Born- n/a

Home – Spokane, WA


Clark Barrington was the team captain for University High School in Spokane, Washington. He was named all-league first team in addition to academic honor roll honors. He shined on the offensive line and he was also a part of the basketball team at University High. He was a 2-star recruit by ESPN and received a 3-star from 247Sports. He committed to play football at BYU after his high school football career ended.


As a freshman in 2019, he played in 8 games and played a total of 351 snaps. The majority of his snaps were at left guard, with the rest at right guard. He was named the starting left guard and started 10 games for the Cougars in 2020. He was responsible for 6 quarterback hurries but 0 sacks during the season.


Barrington was named a second team All-American by Pro Football Focus after starting 13 games for BYU at left guard. He played 876 snaps, only giving up 1 sack. The 2022 season saw the same type of results for Barrington. He started 12 games and played 801 snaps and once again was responsible for only 1 sack. He entered the transfer portal at the end of the season and elected to play football for Baylor.


In his first season at Baylor, things didn’t go quite as well for Barrington. He started 12 games at center for Baylor and gave up 4 sacks.


Clark Barrington is a 6’6” center/guard who can explode off the snap and be a factor in the second level. He fires out of his stance and plays with good balance and can either anchor against a bull rush or fire straight ahead. He has effective coordination in his upper and lower body and enough strength to handle the bigger pass rushers. He does a good job of re-setting his hands and feet once he is disengaged. And once he is done with his first block he keeps himself moving to find the next defender. He can play center and guard, which will make him a versatile offensive lineman and a plus for any offensive line room in the NFL.


On the downside, he has started over 50 games at the collegiate level and still struggles with reading twists and blitzes. He is much more comfortable in the running game and shows a hesitancy to set up on pass protection. His footwork allowed him to succeed at the college level, but will need to get quicker and have better hand usage in battles in the NFL. He tries to push defenders outside the pocket instead of hitting and moving them out. Once he is on his backpedal, he is slow to transition out of it to move laterally. His lateral movement is slow and sluggish and he will take some bad holding calls when off-balance.


A good comparison to Clark Barrington may be Nick Gates. Gates was undrafted in 2018 out of Nebraska. He was moved from tackle to center and played some guard in high school. His versatility has kept him around the NFL for 6 years and he has established himself as a solid starting center for the Commanders. Gates is not the prettiest lineman in terms of technique and mechanics but at the end of the day he gets the job done. 


Strengths


  • Explosion off snap

  • Versatility

  • 2nd Level

  • Football IQ



Weaknesses


  • Speed rush

  • Balance

  • Penalties

  • Reading twists


Final Analysis


Clark Barrington is still raw as a center and may be drafted with the idea of being a depth piece at guard and center. He could grow into a starting role, but Draft Nation thinks he may be more valuable coming off the bench.


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