The pipeline from UCLA to the Green Bay continued Thursday night when the Packers chose former All-Pac-12 defensive tackle Kenneth Clark in the first round with the 27th overall selection in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Clark appeared in all 39 games at UCLA, ranked second on the team in total tackles with 75 and earned all-conference honors as a junior last season, anchoring the defensive front during his stay in Westwood. He joins former Bruins Datone Jones and Brett Hundley on the Packers roster. Jones was selected 26th overall by Green Bay in 2013.
Clark's selection came as a bit of a surprise, especially in UCLA circles given that he came off the board before former teammate Myles Jack. Jack was projected to go as high as No. 5 Thursday, but went undrafted through the first round on reports that his knee injury is a long-term serious issue.
With Clark going in the first round, the Bruins have had a player selected in the first round three out of the last four years.