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Jadeveon Clowney | Defensive End

Team: South Carolina Gamecocks
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 254

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NFL Media analyst Charles Davis believes the Atlanta Falcons should trade up for South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney or Buffalo's OLB Khalil Mack.
"They need a pass rusher, and there's none better this year than Clowney, but to ensure landing him, they would probably need to move up from the sixth-overall pick to No. 1," Davis wrote. "That's going to be an awfully tough, and expensive, move to pull off. If Clowney goes first to the Texans, the Falcons should shift their focus to Mack, the second-best edge rusher available." Davis mentions that Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff should target the Jaguars No. 3 selection, since his former director of player personnel, Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell, could be a suitable trade partner. If the trade is too expensive for Clowney, at least the Falcons can land another defensive stud in Mack. Apr 16 - 4:19 AM

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CBS Sports' Pete Prisco believes scheme fit should be irrelevant when evaluating South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney.

"The days of the New York Giants lining up in 3-4 (the Bills Parcells' Giants) all the time, playing Cover-2 and stopping everybody, you just don't see that anymore," Tennessee Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said. The Texans run a 3-4 scheme, but Clowney's gifts are such that wherever they decide to place him, making life hell on the QB shouldn't be a problem. The following quote is about J.J. Watt, but Texans' coach Bill O'Brien could just as easily be talking about Clowney: "The first day of minicamp we'll line up in this 3-4 and that's what we run. After that, it goes to some three-down looks, some four-down looks, some odd looks where he'll (Watt) be moving around. It's just a very multiple defense. 70 percent of the game now is played in nickel. When we went through our snaps, I think against last year's Texans offense, I think 75 percent of the snaps were played in nickel or dime because a lot times, Houston was in 11 personnel. He's going to fit in very well."
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 14 - 6:37 PM

Jadeveon Clowney has told teams he will not do any more individual workouts, according to The MMQB's Peter King.

King cites Clemson offensive lineman Brandon Thomas' knee injury as evidence for Clowney's, and his camp's, decision. "I spoke to two general managers over the weekend about this, and one took exception to Clowney taking a pass on pre-draft team workouts and one didn’t," King writes. It is fairly clear the risk just did not match the reward, and we doubt a team will pass on a talent like Clowney because of this.
Source: The MMQB
Apr 14 - 12:25 PM

An anonymous NFC personnel man blasted South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney, calling him "spoiled" and "lazy."

"He’s spoiled, and he’s lazy," the personnel man said. "He’s never worked hard a day in his life, now all of a sudden you’re going to give him a bunch of money and expect him to work hard. I don’t see it." He continued: "Oh, he’s going to be a high pick. Some team will fall in love with him. But wait and see, just wait and see. I just don’t think you can count on him. I’m betting the under on him." An executive in personnel from an AFC team pondered over a change of position: "Can he play linebacker? He’d be a great linebacker. I’m not sure he’s that rare talent everyone says he is, but he’s a talent." An NFC scout quoted in the story, however, is sold: "You see the ability. He’s a beast. He’s going to be a top pick and he’s going to be worth it."
Apr 13 - 6:59 PM

Former NFL linebacker Carl Banks said comparing South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney to Lawrence Taylor is "ridiculous."

"They should hope he's as good as a Richard Dent, Neil Smith, Bruce Smith or Charles Haley," Banks said. "If he can get to that level, he's a dominant player. But you want to jump over those players and say he's the next Lawrence Taylor? It's ridiculous." It's always best for former players to embrace the hyperbole of draft season, as opposed to coming off as cantankerous. Banks' argument is that people aren't remembering the good ol' days. To make it, he's discounting a potential generational talent (Mike Mayock or Todd McShay's words) who is, you know, a person who actually plays the sport at this moment. Apples-to-apples comparisons must be made in any field that requires projections be simplified in order to streamline their consumption to a mass audience. That isn't ridiculous, that's the nature of communication, and this is what Banks doesn't realize he's actually upset about.
Apr 10 - 7:29 PM

Under current Texans defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel, edge rusher Tamba Hali dropped into coverage on only 8.6 percent of his snaps in 2012.

This post is intended for those who question Jadeveon Clowney's possible fit with the Texans at No. 1. Detractors frequently question if Clowney can drop, but as the figure shows, he would rarely be asked to do so. Just let the edge player be a designated rusher, converting speed to power at a high rate. And even if he does drop, Clowney will only be asked to cover curl to flat areas.
Apr 10 - 2:36 PM

NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said on Houston SportsTalk 790 that South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney is "the best defensive lineman talent on the planet."

"It just depends on if he takes advantage of that," Mayock said. The analyst hedged a bit when asked if he'd take Clowney were he in charge of Houston's No. 1 pick, mentioning a quarterback or trading down as two alternate possibilities, but did concede that Clowney would be his personal top-overall pick. ESPN's Mel Kiper and Todd McShay both said recently that they'd take Clowney at No. 1, and McShay calls him the most talented defensive lineman he's ever evaluated.
Apr 7 - 8:14 PM

Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl knows of one team that is giving scouts a week off prior to the draft due to the event being held at a later date than usual.

"The draft is still over a month away. Process is too drawn out," Weidl tweeted, noting the team feared over analysis from their evaluators. Many teams hate to sit on their hands. In fact, many will even be watching tape the morning of each draft day to find any differences between possible selections.
Apr 7 - 4:23 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper said that only Jadeveon Clowney can stop Jadeveon Clowney from becoming a Hall of Fame player.

The analyst compared Clowney to Bruce Smith when the Hall of Famer was coming out of Virginia Tech. "The ability is unbelievable," Kiper salivated. "When you watch this kid, he is on a different level. I don't know many NFL left tackles that will be able to get out of their stance quick enough to be able to handle Jadeveon Clowney." Kiper believes Clowney's "effort was pretty good" in college. Both Kiper and Todd McShay believe passing on Clowney at No. 1 is a mistake. McShay calls him the most talented defensive lineman he's ever evaluated.
Apr 6 - 7:29 PM

South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney "proved again today that he's the best athlete in the draft" at Wednesday's pro day, said an NFL scout.

At 266 pounds, the same weight measured at the NFL Combine, Clowney floored evaluators by leaping over seven bags in Rams' DL coach Jim Washburn's test. NFL Network announcers claimed no player has ever cleared seven, and Mike Mayock at one point proclaimed: "I've seen enough." Clowney has three upcoming meetings with potential future employers in the Jaguars, Rams and Falcons.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 2 - 10:33 PM

South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney believes he should be Houston's choice for the No. 1 pick in the draft.

"I can pretty much do it all," Clowney said. "Anything on defense I can help. I can be a playmaker. I am a playmaker. I've got what it takes, I believe, to go out there and set the tone for the next guy coming up. And to help my team out winning games." Just about the only question surrounding the Gamecocks' athletic marvel is his work ethic, but Texans coach Bill O'Brien and general manager Rick Smith both say they aren't concerned. "I am satisfied with his work ethic," Smith said. "Those questions have been answered for me. I'm satisfied with the information I got and my interpretation of his level of effort, as well." The Texans entered the process trying to determine if Clowney could play outside linebacker in their 3-4 scheme, and apparently they're sold on that too. "He's athletic enough, he's got enough speed and explosiveness and change ability, all those things that you look for," Smith said.
Apr 2 - 9:34 PM

South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney has upcoming scheduled visits with the Rams and Falcons.

If Houston passes on the pass-rushing prodigy at No. 1, St. Louis is a logical destination at No. 2. If the Rams pass too, according to reports, Clowney will be Jacksonville-bound at No. 3. Atlanta, sitting at No. 6, is well aware of this fact, which is why GM Thomas Dimitroff has publicly expressed an openness to move up. The Rams and Falcons make a lot of sense as trading partners. Such a swap would enable St. Louis to take an OT at 6, either Greg Robinson or Jake Matthews.
Apr 2 - 9:14 PM

The Houston Chronicle's John McClain shot down a rumor that the Texans would trade down with the Bills to the No. 9 pick.

Bleacher Report's Dan Pompei reported on Friday that Houston was "trying hard" to trade the No. 1 pick and "might have a trade partner" in Buffalo. At first blush, it appeared to be a smokescreen, and McClain's "no way" tweet confirmed it as such. Houston wouldn't reject an overwhelming offer, but the smart money says they'll remain at No. 1 and either take South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney or UCF QB Blake Bortles.
Mar 29 - 7:14 PM

Browns coach Mike Pettine called South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney a "freakish athlete."

"I think he could take over a game," Pettine said. "I think he could change a game. He’s proven that. I had good interaction with him in Indianapolis. As a defensive head coach, I don’t know if I’d be all that upset to turn the card in on Clowney with the fourth pick." Pettine also waived off concerns about Clowney's work ethic, which Rams coach Jeff Fisher also recently did. "I think there were a lot of circumstances. People talked to maybe a maturity thing. ... I think if you’re strong and assertive as a coach that you can get that guy to be more focused and get him to be much more consistent. So if you can take a Clowney and get him to play, to get him to get that motor humming and go hard every play, then you’ve got a guy that can absolutely dominate a game."
Mar 29 - 4:34 PM

Rams coach Jeff Fisher was complimentary when discussing South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney's on-field effort.

The coach isn't concerned that Clowney only accrued three sacks in 2013. "Not if you watch the games, it’s not," Fisher said. "Because the effort’s there. You’ve got to give offenses credit, too. I mean they were aware of where he was. They turned the center towards him. When the ball came out, they’d check out with backs just like we do in our league with good rushers." It's an interesting quote in that Clowney's work ethic has almost exclusively described negatively by the industry. While Clowney appears to be in play for the Rams at No. 2, it's sounding like Clemson WR Sammy Watkins, whom Fisher also praised, will not. "I think with what we have on the roster right now, we can provide (quarterback) Sam (Bradford) with the talent to where we can win a lot of games," Fisher said. "We’re expecting improvement. We’re still seeing improvement from (receivers), for example, Brian Quick, Chris Givens who are going into their third year."
Mar 28 - 7:17 PM