Kei’Trel Clark, CB, Louisville (5-10, 179)
Hands down the best player at the Shrine Bowl was Kei’Trel Clark. That shouldn’t come as a surprise considering he entered the week as one of the Top 5 prospects in attendance. The craziest part was he seemed to get better with every practice.
In one-on-one Clark was smothering receivers with his physicality and showed crisp feet with his click and close when attacking the football. His technique and feistiness really stood out when pressing, he was naturally mirroring receivers.
One of the best plays of the week came when he was covering Fresno State’s Jalen Cropper (arguably the second-best receiver of the week) on a vertical and not only stuck to his hip pocket downfield but managed to get his head around to find the ball in phase for the interception.
He might have been even better in the team portion of practice where he came away with multiple PBUs. In one practice he volleyed a pass to another defensive back for an interception and then later sniffed out a screen pre-snap and blew it up immediately.
Clark entered the week with early to mid-Day 3 buzz, but this type of week should garner Day 2 attention in the 2023 NFL Draft.