With impressive field awareness, Clark uses his great height and large hands to fight hard until the whistle. With a striking burst of speed off the snap, Clark maintains clever body-positioning to wall off defenders and he takes smart angles to get at second-level defenders.
Clark uses good leverage and fluid movements to get a clean and powerful block. With his hands finding defensive linemen, he has the force when extending his arms to push off defenders on run plays.
However, if Clark wants a chance to be the No. 4 offensive tackle, he will need amp up his aggression and vigor on the field. He needs to find rupturing energy to knock down defenders and powerful stamina to become an unyielding force on contact. Needing to work on basic technique, Clark should focus on gaining reliable footwork and an attacking attitude.
"In practice, every time I go out there I want to get better, so it's not like I ever feel content," Clark said. "I feel good with what I do but I always want more. I want to learn more every day and I want to get better."
OT Tyler Luellen
During the spring of 2006, Luellen's practice time was cut short due to a knee injury, but he recovered with prompt timing to appear in every game that season. In his final season with the Tigers, Luellen participated fully in both the spring and summer workouts. While Leullen batted injuries in college, he is prepared to bump up his work-out regime to stay healthy.
"I need to continue to do rehab and continue to work hard in the weight room to make sure my muscles and joints are as strong as they can be to take the beatings in the NFL," Luellen said.
Luellen is a talented and tough offensive tackle. With good lateral movement, he is capable of utilizing his size with intelligent body-positioning to gain full protection. His solid hand-placement allows him to ward off speedy defensive ends.
Luellen could successfully provide Philip Rivers with reliable blindside protection, as he consistently extends his hands effectively to provide that support. While he has to work on his strength and run-blocking techniques, Luellen's overall skill-set shows promising potential to develop into a sturdy and reliable force on the field. To ensure he is developing into a true NFL player, Luellen doesn't shy away from asking teammates for feedback.
"I try to talk to and take coaching pointers from Marcus McNeill," Luellen said. "When I have questions, I ask him. He's not afraid to help me out. He's a great player and I want to mold myself to be a great player by learning from those who are great."
McNeill, Jeromey Clary and L.J. Shelton are all scheduled to be free agents after the 2009 season. While Clark or Luellen are not expected to make an immediate impact on the field, one of the two will be groomed for a potentially prominent role two years down the road.
Here is what Scout.com Draft Analyst Chris Steuber has to say about the upcoming battle between Clark and Luellen:
"Corey Clark and Tyler Luellen have flaws, but they possess the physical tools necessary to become NFL starters. They're similar in stature and in play, but it will come down to who fits the offense the best. They're both pass protectors and have to improve their run blocking. If I had to take a guess at which one has the best chance at developing into a starter, I'd favor Luellen."