LSU center Will Clapp declares for NFL Draft
— Will Clapp (@w_clapp) January 11, 2018
LSU redshirt junior center Will Clapp is the latest Tigers underclassman to enter the 2018 NFL Draft.
The Brother Martin alum right tackle Toby Weathersby, running back Derrius Guice, cornerback Donte Jackson, cornerback Kevin Toliver and outside linebacker Arden Key as LSU juniors to declare early for the draft.
“it was the toughest decision I’ve ever had to make. It was super hard,” stated Clapp. “This team will be good next year, that’s what made it so tough, plus my respect for Coach O.”
Clapp, 6-foot-5, 314 pounds, has been a freshman All-American and All-SEC at two different positions on the offensive line (guard and center) over 36 career college starts.
The wear and tear of his LSU days including injuries, plus having his college degree in hand, made the choice a little easier.
“Having graduated was huge,” Clapp explained. “Finally being healthy for the first time in awhile. My freshman year, I had hip problems. My sophomore season, the shoulder.”
Clapp, a 2017 Rimington finalist, already holds a degree in sports commerce with a minor in business. He was an All-SEC Academic honor roll member in 2016.
In preparation for the draft, postseason play could be an option if a spot opens in one of the all-star tilts. Clapp will be signing with an agent tonight then is headed up to train at EXOS’s in Arizona.
The son of former LSU defensive lineman Tommy Clapp is the third starter on the offensive line that the Tigers need to replace in 2018.
The younger Clapp promises he does not leave a bare cupboard in Baton Rouge. The offensive line, a strength of the Tigers in the past, offers a promising future starting with his likely replacement at center.
“Lloyd Cushenberry is a young stud. He understands football. He will be a leader,” said Clapp. “Garrett Brumfield will provide leadership. Ed Ingram is a freak guard. And what Saahdiq (Charles) did at left tackle as a freshman was almost impossible.”
The departure of offensive coordinator Matt Canada seemed to have a messy ending. Those inside of the football locker room have a different perception. “It was blown up by the media,” Clapp declared. “I loved him. I always had a positive experience with him. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with him.”
Steve Ensminger now the offensive coordinator, also have Clapp’s confidence. “He will be a great OC,” Clapp stressed. “He understands how to use the process to make it simple. He loves LSU. He will bring the offense to a new level.”
Now comes the next phase in Clapp’s football life. He is projected as a mid-round choice but could improve his stock.
“I have to interview well and train for the next level. Having played both guard spots and center, I have to be versatile. My strength is my versatility, knowledge of the game and my football IQ.”
Time just flew by for Clapp as a Tiger, but the memories will last a lifetime.
“The things I’ll remember most will be hanging out with friends, practice, the locker room, countless stories,” Clapp said with a satisfied grin. Now he will seek new chances to smile in the NFL.
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