Jadeveon Clowney may have dropped from 13.5 sacks and 23.5 tackles for loss in 2012 to three sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss in 2013, but his impact on opposing offenses could still be felt. The 6'6", 274-pound defensive end was a focal point for opposing coaches, opening up opportunities for teammates while absorbing double-teams.
While Clowney is widely regarded as the best defensive prospect since Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams, some NFL teams are going to need to have some questions answered at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine.
Very few of those questions will have anything to do with Clowney's athleticism. He won't surprise anyone by running a ridiculous 40-yard dash time or taking the roof off with his vertical leap, because he almost certainly will. NFL teams will want to probe Clowney's psyche.
Is football important to Clowney, or is it just a job? Will he give maximum effort once he gets paid? Is he committed to helping a team win or gathering stats? If Clowney can satisfy teams' curiosity, he won't make it out of the top five picks, with a good chance at being the first selection overall.