Jadaveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
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- Explosive athlete with great size
- Displays a vast arsenal of pass rushing moves
- Good tackler in the box
- Questionable work ethic
- Injury history
- Needs to improve open field tackling
- He's had various ailments while mailing in his junior season. (Ribs and bone spurs in feet)
The much hyped Clowney has a rare blend of elite size and agility that made him the consensus number one high school recruit in his class. Outside of the 2013 season, he has somehow matched the hype and performed extremely well.
It is expected that he will go in the top 5 in the 2014 NFL Draft. Clowney features an arsenal of pass rush moves that is rare for college level defensive ends. The awe-inspiring athleticism that goes with the moves is what makes him an once in a generation talent. It is widely believed that if eligible at the time, he would've been a first round pick straight out of high school.
However, it is apparent that he has let all of the press clippings go to his head this year and is "mailing it in" for his junior campaign. He has missed multiple practices, took himself out of a game, and shown lackluster effort when on the field. Despite all the negative press swirling around him, Clowney is still a top 5 lock. You don't pass on an once in a generation talent like he possesses even with all the questions. He has the rare ability to determine opposing offensive tackles' draft stocks and not the other way around.
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