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Jadaveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina



The most ballyhooed high school defensive prospect in quite some time finally gets his shot at the pros.
Height: 6'6
Weight: 275
Class: Junior
40 time: N/A

Strengths:
  • Explosive athlete with great size
  • Displays a vast arsenal of pass rushing moves
  • Good tackler in the box
Weaknesses:
  • Questionable work ethic
  • Injury history
  • Needs to improve open field tackling
Injury History:
  • He's had various ailments while mailing in his junior season. (Ribs and bone spurs in feet)
Summary:
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.

NFL Comparison: Julius Peppers DE Bears

Notes:
(I think it's federal law that this play gets posted whenever Clowney is mentioned.)

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9 Comments

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Evan Massey
Nov 21 2013 12:04 AM

Your comparison to Julius Peppers is good, but I think a better comparison would be DeMarcus Ware when healthy. That being said, they're very similar. Good read!

I had never thought about the idea of him being a DE. My mind never really functions that way - but I could certainly see it. 

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Daniel Jonsson
Nov 22 2013 02:33 AM

dude, please take the snark out of the report... assume he's not "mailing it in" this year and actually evaluate him...

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Jonathan Parrish
Nov 22 2013 05:03 AM

I think "mailing it in" is a bit harsh.

 

Perhaps getting caught up in the moment might be a better way of putting it.  It's tough to blame him though.  I think part of that discipline needs to come from the Ole Ball Coach.

 

It was clear opening night he wasn't in great game shape.  Reports after the game said he was sick and what not, but that continued.  He's always had somewhat of a habit of taking some plays off, however, those were overshadowed because of all the big plays he made.

 

I've watched a lot of his film this year.  He's been cut and chopped more than any DE I've seen in college football in a long time.  That culminated in the injury this past week.  

 

Peppers and Ware are great comparisons.

 

He's probably one of the few guys that could have gone to the NFL after his freshman year.

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Brandon Stephens
Nov 22 2013 05:46 AM
I would still take him at 2 after Teddy who is going to Jacksonville
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Jonathan Parrish
Dec 11 2013 05:48 PM
Got pulled over doing 142? Haha. That's what the cop said he had to get to so he could catch him.

Character issues.
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Elijah McNaughton
Mar 24 2014 11:24 PM

I strongly believe that the lack of effort is overblown by the media. Yes, he didn't try as hard as he should have, but when you watch tape you can tell that he tried much more than given credit for. 

 

Also, two of the more impressive things that I noticed when watching Clowney that I don't see in this scouting report; 

 

1) His speed off the ball. He got off the line quicker than any other athlete in the draft, probably quicker than most NFL athletes. 

 

2) His pure strength. In film you see him pushing back offensive lineman with ease quite often. 

Saying he tried hard 75% of the time instead of 60% isn't much of an endorsement.  His draft stock will be based on his interviews and the impression he left with teams.  No one is questioning his ability.

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Elijah McNaughton
Mar 25 2014 02:56 AM

According to teams at the combine, they loved his attitude. 

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