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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


  • 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

Injury History:

  • 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.

NFL Comparison: Julius Peppers DE Bears


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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!

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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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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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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. 

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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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