Packers: 3 potential first-time All-Pros in 2021 season

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2. DT Kenny Clark

Similarly to running back, it’s not easy to be one of the few interior defenders named an All-Pro. We can already just add Aaron Donald to this year’s All-Pro team; he’s been a first-team All-Pro six seasons in a row. That leaves one more spot on the first team and two on the second team.

Kenny Clark doesn’t get enough credit for the great work he does in the Packers’ defense. Part of the reason is that he lines up at nose tackle and regularly takes on double teams, which doesn’t allow him to put up pass-rushing numbers anywhere close to some of the best in the league. But Clark is actually one of the best interior pass rushers in the game.

In fact, over the past three seasons, Clark has Pro Football Focus’ fifth-highest pass-rushing grade among interior defensive linemen.

Paul Bretl of Dairyland Express wrote a great article on how Clark could spend less time at nose tackle, and why this could increase his production. In that scenario, Clark would be in position to make a greater impact as a pass rusher, potentially leading to an increase in his numbers.

If that happens, Clark could make a strong case to be an All-Pro in 2021.