Kenny Clark did make his first Pro Bowl last season, but he continues to be among the most underrated defensive linemen in the NFL.
But with another dominant season, that should all change.
Clark is an excellent interior pass rusher and he played just as important a role as Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith last year. According to NFL Next Gen Stats, Clark was in the top five in the league for two key categories: third down pressures and third down pressure rate. According to Pro Football Focus, he had the second-most total pressures among interior defenders behind only Aaron Donald. In total, Clark made six sacks and seven quarterback hits.
Clark has been one of the Packers’ best first-round picks in recent memory and improves with each season.
To give Clark even more incentive for a big season, it’s a contract year. While the Packers could give Clark a new deal before the start of the season — and they should — uncertainty about next year’s salary cap could mean they wait a little longer.
Clark is one of the Packers’ most important players in 2020. Not only could he be a Pro Bowler again, but also a first-team All-Pro for the first time in his career.