ESPN recently asked 50 league executives, coaches, scouts and players to rate the top 10 players at 11 different positions — including EDGE. The goal of the exercise was to identify who is best at the EDGE position right now — for the upcoming 2020 season.
Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark made the list at No. 8.
ESPN: Clark slightly edged out Cam Jordan in composite voting, logging more combined fifth- and sixth-place votes.
“He’s not in conversation solely based on the year he had [eight sacks], but this year he will end up being a major presence,” an NFL coordinator said. “Second year in the [Chiefs’] system, he’s got speed and power, good feel for countermoves, and can play the run.”
Clark, who had two double-digit-sack seasons in Seattle, sometimes gets overeager chasing sacks, but is a complete player when he’s more disciplined, according to one NFC exec.
Clark, 27, dealt with injuries coming out of training camp at the beginning of the 2019 season, but he still managed 8.0 sacks, 37 tackles (27 solo) and 14 quarterback hits in 14 games played. Clark recorded 5.0 sacks, seven quarterback hits and nine tackles (six solo) in the Chiefs’ three playoffs games, including three sacks in the Chiefs’ Divisional round game against the Houston Texans.
The Chiefs traded for Clark in 2019, then signed him to a five-year, $105.5 million contract. He restructured his contract this offseason to ease the team’s salary cap number.
AFC West rivals Von Miller of the Denver Broncos (No. 4) and Joey Bosa of the Los Angeles Chargers (No. 6) ranked ahead of Clark.
His numbers only stand to improve in 2020 now that he is healthy. The unnamed NFL coordinator seems to be optimistic.