Disgruntled Ravens player No. 1: Chuck Clark
Everyone cheered when the Ravens took Kyle Hamilton with the 14th overall pick in the draft — except Chuck Clark, probably.
Hamilton’s unicorn talents make him a viable starter in 2022, and he could quickly overtake Clark at the strong safety position if Clark starts to underperform.
After the draft, rumors circulated around the Ravens potentially trading Clark despite the fact that he’s been a reliable member of the secondary and a team leader for the last three seasons. Such a trade wouldn’t make much sense financially, but if the right offer is on the table…
In the event Clark stays in Baltimore, he’ll joust with Hamilton directly for a spot in the backfield next to Marcus Williams. There’s a chance the Ravens could fit all three (Clark, Hamilton, Williams) in the defense, but Clark would still be the one uprooted from his traditional position.
Originally drafted by Baltimore in the sixth round in 2017, Clark has an impressive resume with 283 combined tackles, 28 passes defended, 3.5 sacks, and five interceptions.
There’s no question that the Ravens value him as an integral piece of their pass defense, and having him along with Williams, Hamilton, Marcus Peters, and Marlon Humphrey only makes Baltimore’s secondary more elite.
Though the Hamilton pick may have bruised Clark’s ego a bit, this is Clark’s job to lose, and he’ll fight like hell to keep it.
Hamilton has already bonded with Marlon Humphrey, but we hardly think Clark will extend a warm welcome to the rookie. Let the best safety win.