Former University of Hawaii football player Ben Clarke has signed a free-agent contract with the Kansas City Chiefs.
“Out of everyone, I thought they showed the most interest,” said Clarke, who also received pre-draft inquiries from the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans. “I’m excited about it.”
Clarke said he spent the day watching most of the NFL draft with his family.
“I kind of thought I wasn’t going to get drafted so it wasn’t that big of a deal,” Clark said of not being selected.
Clarke played center for two years with UH before shifting to left tackle for the final two years of his college career. He is projected to play center or guard with the Chiefs.
The Chiefs showed extra attention to Clarke during last month’s pro day in Azusa, Calif. The Kansas City coach requested that Clarke snap the football in field drills instead of serving as a tackle.
Clarke said he received a text from a friend living near Kansas City..
“He said, ‘As soon as you get here, I’m taking you to get barbecue,’” Clarke said, laughing.