GREEN BAY — The Packers addressed their primary need on Thursday night in the first round of the 2016 NFL draft, selecting UCLA defensive tackle Kenny Clark with the No. 27 overall pick.
Clark played in 39 career games for the Bruins, starting 29 straight to end his career. He finished second on his team in tackles (75), tackles for loss (11) and sacks (six) in 2015. The TFLs and sacks are particularly impressive numbers for an interior lineman who lined up either over the center or between the center and guard most of the time.
Clark was an early entry in this draft, playing three seasons for the Bruins. He earned first-team all-Pac-12 honors last season, moving up from second-team all-conference honors in 2014. His three-year career totals are 164 tackles, 20 1/2 tackles for loss and seven sacks.
The Packers’ need on the defensive line became more significant this past offseason when B.J. Raji decided to step away from football despite having a contract offer on the table from Green Bay.
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