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Three Things To Know About Seahawks DE Frank Clark

Get to know the Seahawks' first pick of the 2015 NFL Draft.


When it finally came time for the Seahawks to make their first pick of the 2015 NFL Draft at No. 63 overall, they added 6-foot-3, 272-pound defensive end Frank Clark out of the University of Michigan.

It was the Seahawks latest initial draft pick in franchise history, coming one slot later than the team drafted running back Christine Michael with the No. 62 overall pick in 2013.

Clark appeared on a conference call with Seattle-area media shortly after the pick was made. Here's three things to know about your newest Seahawk:

1. He Had A Man-Crush On The Seahawks

Clark said he talked to several of the Seahawks coaches and scouts throughout the draft process, with an "attraction" between the two sides growing in the weeks leading up to this year's selection process.

With the 63rd pick the Seattle Seahawks choose Frank Clark from Michigan.

"My agent had always told me, 'I think the Seahawks have got a man-crush on you,'" Clark said. "And I was like, 'Man, I think I'm the one with a man-crush on the Seahawks.'"

Clark said Seattle has always been one of his favorite teams, name-dropping former Seahawks running back and 2005 NFL MVP Shaun Alexander as one of his favorite players. Oh, and the fact that CenturyLink Field boasts one of the loudest fan bases in the League doesn't hurt, either.

"The environment, it just looks fun to play in," Clark said. "It's a dream come true."

With Clark's dream now a reality, it left him "overwhelmed with joy."

"It hasn't even sunk in yet," he said. "It all seems fake to me still. It's an honor, man. It's really an honor for a team of the caliber of the Seattle Seahawks just to have so much faith in a kid like me."

2. He Doesn't Care Where The Seahawks Play Him

The 6-foot-3, 272-pound Clark is projected to come to Seattle as an edge rusher, where he'd join a defensive line rotation that includes pass rushing defensive ends Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril, as well as linebacker Bruce Irvin. But Clark isn't concerned where he lands on the defensive side of the football. He's just looking for the opportunity to compete, hoping to take "as many notes as possible" from Seattle's veteran players.

"I don't care where they play me," said Clark. "Wherever they play me that's where I want to make an impact on the game."

Even though Clark said he had a lot of contact with Seahawks brass before Friday night, he admitted he had no idea he'd be taken in the second round. Just don't think the high-draft slot will go to Clark's head. 

"I'm going to come in with the same mindset as a guy who's coming in as an undrafted guy, or as a free-agent looking for a job," Clark said. "I don't have a job. It's not solidified. I have to earn it. I haven't got down there to even see who my competition is.

"I'm coming in there fresh and I'm coming in there to compete every day and to battle."

3. He Loves Lucky Charms

On his pre-draft visit to Seattle, Clark marveled at the team's magnificent facility located on the shores of Lake Washington.

"It was one of the most beautiful places I'd ever seen in my life," said Clark, who split his childhood growing up in Los Angeles, Calif. and Cleveland, Ohio, where he was with his family when Seattle gave him his draft-day call. "Where I come from you don't see a facility sitting off the water. You don't see boats in people's backyards. I'm used to seeing shoes hanging from street lights and barber shops and liquor stores on every corner."

From the sounds of it, Clark even got a tour of the club's cafeteria on his visit to Renton's Virginia Mason Athletic Center.

"I had so many bowls of Lucky Charms you wouldn't believe it," he said. "They told me it was all you can eat Lucky Charms, until the nutritionist came around the corner like, 'Frank, if we get you here we're going to take those Lucky Charms away.' I'm trying to tell her like, 'I love Lucky Charms!'"


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