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Scouting Report On Texans First Pick – DE Jadeveon Clowney

2014 NFL Draft

From: Walter Football

The hype around Jadeveon Clowney is justified. He is the best defensive prospect to enter the NFL draft this century – with the possible exception of Ndamukong Suh in 2010. Clowney has a rare skill set with an elite combination of speed, strength and athleticism. He is the “Andrew Luck” of defensive draft prospects; a high-pick lock who is extremely coveted by every team in the NFL and a safe selection to turn into a franchise player.

Coming out of high school Clowney was the No. 1 recruit in the nation, and he was a Day-1 contributor for South Carolina. Clowney was the SEC Freshman of the Year and a Second-Team All-SEC selection in 2011. He totaled 36 tackles with eight sacks, 12 tackles for a loss and five forced fumbles as a teenager. In one of Clowney’s first games, he beat Cordy Glenn for a sack while Clowney was a rotational player with Melvin Ingram and Devin Taylor.

As a sophomore, Clowney amassed 54 tackles, 23.5 tackles for a loss, three forced fumbles, two passes batted and 13 sacks. His season performance saw him finish sixth for the Heisman Trophy. Clowney was an animal with the ability to make huge plays in clutch time. He would have entered the 2013 NFL Draft if allowed and would have been the first pick.

Clowney totaled 40 tackles, three sacks, 11.5 tackles for a loss, four passes defended and a forced fumble in 2013. Teams made a concerted effort to limit him with steady double-teams and rolling plays to the other side of the field.

Athletically, there is nothing Clowney can’t do on a football field. Saying that he is extremely fast is an understatement. At the Combine, Clowney timed as fast as a wide receiver, and he plays with that speed. His burst off the snap and ability to close on the quarterback are out of this world. Immediately, Clowney will be one of the fastest front seven defenders in the NFL. Clowney also has natural power. He uses that strength to shed blocks and can bull rush offensive tackles down the pocket. Clowney has a great repertoire of pass-rushing moves that will only get better with more coaching. It would be a shock if he wasn’t a steady double-digit sacker in the NFL.

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2 Responses to “Scouting Report On Texans First Pick – DE Jadeveon Clowney”

  1. B.J. Rassam says:

    Clowney now gets to show all those who stood up for him and said he was the real-deal and worthy of the #1 pick why they were right. Meanwhile, all the naysayers and haters are just waiting for Clowney to trip up – because that’s what gets people like that off.

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