Frank Clark now listed as a linebacker after dropping 15 pounds

AP

Once upon a time the Seattle Seahawks drafted Bruce Irvin as a defensive end before eventually moving him to linebacker after hi rookie season. It appears as though the same plan is in the works this year for Frank Clark.

As noted by Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times, Clark is now listed as a linebacker on the team’s official roster. He’s also down 15 pounds (from 272 last year to 257) in preparation for the shift in roles.

Clark was praised frequently throughout his rookie season by head coach Pete Carroll. But with Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril ahead of him on the depth chart and playing well, Clark was primarily used only as a rotational pass rusher in his rookie season. Following Irvin’s departure, Clark’s move to linebacker should get him on the field more regularly.

Irvin was moved to strong-side linebackers after posting eight sacks as a rookie in 2012. In passing situations, Irvin would become a pass rusher alongside Bennett and Avril. Clark can certainly replace Irvin’s snaps in passing situations. The question will be how well he adapts to playing in space as a linebacker.

The Seahawks undoubtedly view Clark as one of their 11 best defenders on the team. The move to fill Irvin’s role gives them the opportunity to get their best players on the field together at the same time.

Clark appeared in 15 games for Seattle last season and recorded three sacks, 16 tackles and a forced fumble.

15 responses to “Frank Clark now listed as a linebacker after dropping 15 pounds

  1. At 257 he’ll play some SAM & rush end. The next great Seahawk defender.

  2. If he can actually learn how to defend passes and move laterally, he could be real good. It took Bruce Irvin 2-years before he projected as a LB. Good luck —

    js

  3. One thing about the Seahawks, they move players to different roles to see if they can be more effective and versitle. This seems like a good idea. Time will tell.

  4. I don’t know if I love this… Frankly as much as I love Avril and Bennett and they both have all pro play, it seemed as though every time Clark went in the was all over the QB.. The only one to score a sack on Scam Newton in the divisional round… I sure hope this works out the way they are hoping it too because I really liked clark as DE.

  5. He’s a guy who should be on the field as much as possible. He kept is nose clean last year and showed potential. I like it. Go HAWKS

  6. Hey, isn’t this the guy who was arrested for domestic violence and kicked off the UM football team? I believe the hotel manager who intervened told police that Clark said, “I will hit you like I hit her.” Another high character signing by the Washington Trash Hawks, the team that has claimed a second place dynasty!

    #greghardy2.0

  7. except the Pats have had twice the players busted for PEDs than the Hawks the past 3 seasons. Check it out. Knowledge is power.

  8. Frank Clark is a break out candidate. He had a amazing pre-season but wasn’t until the end of the season Clark started truly flashing.

    Clark, Marsh and KPL are the reasons Seattle could let a stud like Bruce Irvin walk away.

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