The Saints finally did it. They took an LSU Tiger for the first time since Deverey Henderson in 2004. This is also the second Louisiana prospect in a row taken in this draft. Will played both guard and center at LSU and comes in with a great learning opportunity behind Saints Center Max Unger. Should he continue to be asked to learn more than one position once he gets to the pros, he’d also have savvy, young vets Andrus Peat and Larry Warford to lean from.
Clapp is mostly noted for his excellent ability to diagnose defenses at the line of scrimmage and communicate them to his team. That habit can be something that benefits him at the next level as he learns his new, complicated offense and more complex defenses. He’s a guard that has the ability and comfort to pull and work downfield, though he gets a little upright at times, losing leverage, he can still find ways to serve this offense.Check out the tweet below from PFF.
The 6’5″ 311-pound New Orleans native will get to sit back and learn for a while before he ever has to see the field for us on the offense, but his experience blocking for the likes of Leonard Fournette and Derrius Guice shouldn’t go unnoticed. His experience with LSU means that he has experience in both a pro style offense as well as a running offense. Experts love to knock his pass protection, but he didn’t allow a single sack his freshman or sophomore year despite switching from right to left guard. His final year is when he was asked to change again to center.
Worth noting as well that Clapp was part of the offensive line unit that blocked for Leonard Fournette when he set the LSU single-season rushing yards record wth 1,935 rushing yards. He only missed one game his entire career as a Tiger.
This is a fantastic depth pick by the Saints, a player that can play all three interior positions and has time to develop behind 32-year-old Unger. He’s a welcome addition to this risky and exciting 2018 Saints draft class. Now to get under way with the always entertaining Undrafted Free Agent period, another area in which the Saints excel.