Draft prospect Frank Clark has domestic violence charges reduced to disorderly conduct

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Defensive end Frank Clark’s final season at the University of Michigan came to an early end when he was dismissed from the team after being arrested on assault and domestic violence charges in November.

Clark had been enjoying a strong season up to that point with 13.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks, but the arrest and the current focus on domestic violence incidents in the NFL looked like they could chill whatever draft buzz Clark was accumulating as a result of his performance. Clark resolved the case in court on Thursday that could help his chances of getting picked, however.

The Toledo Blade reports that Clark pleaded guilty to a diminished charge of disorderly conduct and sentenced to three days in jail and counseling as a result.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Clark met or worked out with a number of teams before the plea agreement was reached and that teams “have taken notice” of the change in status. With pass rushing ability always prized, the resolution of his legal status could send him higher on draft boards in the coming weeks.