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Again, jumping from high school to the NFL likely will never be done. Yet Jadeveon Clowney is another extremely rare prospect who may have been able to contribute to an NFL team coming out of high school.
Clowney was a 5-star defensive end and No. 1 overall recruit in 2011. At nearly 6'6" and 255 pounds, he used his freakish athletic ability to cause serious problems for offenses from the edge.
Clowney displayed excellent first-step explosiveness, agility and a great surge to finish on the ball. There have been stronger and more powerful defensive line prospects than Clowney, but he did show that he could convert speed to power at an above-average rate.
Clowney has always had a ton of hype and mystique surrounding him, but his 24 career sacks in three seasons at South Carolina shows he did produce.
He deserved a sixth star coming out of high school.
Regarding Clowney, in 2011, Chad Simmons of Scout.com said, "Clowney makes plays that only special players make."
Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns.