Jadeveon Clowney is a once in a decade type of talent. Clowney has the speed, quickness and strength to be one of the greatest football players of all time.
However, even a player with the talent level of Clowney has question marks. Does he have a good work ethic? Did he just mail it in during his last year at South Carolina? Can he bend around the corner while maintaining his quickness? Does he have good stamina? These were all questions that Clowney was hoping to answer going into his pro day.
I guarantee NFL DL coaches will test Clowney's gas tank tomorrow. They want to see if he'll tap out.— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) April 2, 2014
Clowney answered every question:
Clowney was already believed by some to be the best player in the draft:
"I'd draft Jadeveon Clowney No. 1 overall and put his locker right next to @JJWatt." - Tedy Bruschi— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) April 2, 2014
Clowney participated in myriad defensive line and some linebacker drills during his pro day at South Carolina on Wednesday morning. Clowney was worked out by Detroit Lions assistant defensive line coach Jim Washburn, Cincinnati Bengals defensive line coach Jay Hayes and Houston Texans defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel.
During one of the drills ran by Washburn, Clowney had to broad jump over several bags, land on both feet, explode and grab two tennis balls on the ground while accelerating across a predetermined marker. It was reported by NFL Network that no one had ever completed the drill while jumping over seven bags. Not only did Clowney do that, but he looked smooth doing it. The fact that no one else has completed the drill with seven bags besides Clowney is astounding. This shows the type of athleticism Clowney has.
Clowney broad jumped three yards in the air over bags then reached down to pick up tennis balls while sprinting.....— Stephen White (@sgw94) April 2, 2014
Even more impressive is that Clowney reportedly did all of this with a groin pull:
Report: Clowney worked out despite "slight groin pull" Wednesday http://t.co/lkuuS34gPp— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) April 2, 2014
The only real complaint about Clowney was that he is a little stiff:
Clowney is an elite prospect - one negative I see is he does have some ankle stiffness. Won't matter tho— John Middlekauff (@JohnMiddlekauff) April 2, 2014
After a stellar pro day, Clowney has received almost unanimous praise. Many believe that Clowney should be the Texans' selection with the first overall pick.
Time to lock in on Clowney with first pick on ALL of your mock drafts unless texans trade back. Can drop in coverage and is conditioned— Lance Zierlein (@LanceZierlein) April 2, 2014
Players like Clowney don't come along very often. Any team that passes on Clowney will learn to regret it as he terrorizes backfields for years to come—especially a team like the Texans, who have the opportunity to pair the best defensive player in football today, J.J. Watt, with another potential Hall of Famer in Clowney.
The number 1 pick in the NFL Draft should be Clowney. JD on the opposite side of Watt would be a nightmare for opposing offenses. #scared— Douglas Adams (@KershawsCorner) April 2, 2014
Clowney and Watt would haunt the dreams of quarterbacks like Andrew Luck for years to come. You don't pass on that opportunity.