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One to Watch: The Seahawks have a monster in Frank Clark

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The Seattle Seahawks rock up to Wembley on Sunday but there's one big thing to note, these aren't the Seahawks you remember.

Gone are the days where facing Seattle would arguably be the biggest battle of your season. The Legion of Boom is no more, Russell Wilson's weapons out wide and in the backfield aren't as good as before. The only consistent thing is the offensive line, which is still bad. 

But with the old guard moving out, the stage has been set for young upstarts to take over and fill the boots of those old stars. One of them is Frank Clark, a fearsome rusher who cannot be stopped by linemen or ill health. Let's find out a bit more about him...

Player History

Taken in the 2nd round of the 2015 Draft after four years with the Michigan Wolverines, Clark fell from his first round projections after being kicked off the team following an arrest for domestic violence.

Pete Carroll and John Schneider decided the troubled pass rusher was worth the risk and stuck him behind veterans Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril in the rotation as a first-year player in the Pacific Northwest. 

2016 was a breakout year for the big man, who moved more heavily into the rotation and repaid the faith shown in him by Pete Carroll by putting up 10 sacks on the season to go along with 47 total tackles. Last year, Clark was promoted to the starting lineup as Bennett moved inside and kept things going as the Seahawks struggled - adding another 9 sacks to his career total.

Now, with a lot of those veteran pieces that used to surround him gone, Clark has turned into a defacto leader on the defensive line. 

Indianapolis Colts v Seattle Seahawks

Playing Style

Clark has managed to evolve and develop into a quality 4-3 defensive end for the Seahawks since being drafted back in 2015. 

The 6-foot-3, 260-pound defender is disruptive in the passing game and an adequate run stopper, providing the Seahawks with an every-down presence on the defensive line and someone they can trust. 

Clark has the potential to be elite if he can prove more consistent and we're going to highlight a few plays that show why. 

Our first one comes from this past week, where Clark gets his hands on the ball against the LA Rams on a tipped interception. 

With the ball in hand, Clark turns up field and accelerates, cutting past a would-be tackler before breaking a tackle from a Rams o-lineman and making it out to the 25-yard line - showing some nice acceleration. 

In the next highlight, from the same damn game, Clark turns into Osi Umenyiora for a play. 

Beating Andrew Whitworth around the edge is no easy feat, Whit is one of the best left tackles in the entire NFL, and Clark speeds past the wily veteran. Then comes the Osi impression as the defensive end gets his hand to the ball - registering a forced fumble on Rams QB Jared Goff.

You know who is another one of the best left tackles in football? Tyron Smith of the Dallas Cowboys. Look what Clark does to him here...

That's just nasty. No LT is going to be able to live with that speed. 

And here's what Clark managed to do to Smith with his bull rush...

You remember what I said about Clark being nice against the run, this play against the Cardinals is why. 

Sorry David Johnson, but you're not getting any yardage here. Nowhere to go. 

What to Expect on Sunday

Watch Clark attack off the edge on Sunday. The Oakland Raiders offensive line is pretty nice, but Clark will be going up against rookie offensive tackle Kolton Miller and he could have a field day. 

The Raiders gave up three sacks on Derek Carr last week against the Los Angeles Chargers, and all three of them were because of Miller getting beat. 

That has to be music to the ears of Clark. He's going to feast this Sunday if Miller's knee is still struggling.

Games at Wembley can be won and lost in the trenches. This will be no different and thankfully, the Seahawks have a man who can do just that for them in the former Michigan man. 

Topics:
Pete Carroll
Russell Wilson
Frank Clark
Cliff Avril
Seattle Seahawks
Michael Bennett
NFL

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