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UCLA's Kenny Clark sees some of himself in game of Lions' Haloti Ngata

INDIANAPOLIS -- Kenny Clark likes the explosion. When he watches tape of Detroit Lions defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, that's what he sees.

To be fair, he mostly referenced Ngata's time as a perennial Pro Bowler with the Baltimore Ravens, but the UCLA defensive tackle sees a lot of himself when he watches Ngata's tape. And for a Detroit Lions team that needs defensive tackles, that's an interesting comparison.

"Just his overall style of play," Clark said of Ngata. "He gets off the ball, explosive, especially at the age he's at now. I watched him when he was at the Ravens, when he was on the Ravens. Especially at the age he's at now, he's still doing his thing and still knocking guys back and still a disruptive force in the backfield.

"That means a whole lot when you play defensive line, being the most disruptive player you can be."

Clark said he also watches a lot of Geno Atkins and the Green Bay Packers' Mike Daniels.

Ngata, 32, struggled early in his first season with the Lions before playing better during the second half. If the Lions were to select Clark, he could end up playing alongside Ngata or replacing the unrestricted free agent in Detroit.

The body types are not similar -- Clark is shorter and not as bulky as Ngata -- but he's a run-stopper in the middle whom the Lions could use.

"I've been good against the run since my whole career at UCLA, I feel like," Clark said. "Just this past year, I improved a lot on sacks and improved a lot of my production in sacks and getting to the passer and disrupting.

"I feel like I improved a little bit on the pass rush but [I've] always got to get better at it. This league is full of pass-rushers and those are the guys who are getting after the quarterback, as you see in the Super Bowl with Von Miller doing his job and getting to the quarterback."

Clark started 29 straight games at UCLA and had his best season in 2015. He had 75 tackles, 11 tackles for loss and six sacks. He also broke up five passes.