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.
Clowney answered every question:
Clowney was already believed by some to be the best player in the draft:
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.
Even more impressive is that Clowney reportedly did all of this with a groin pull:
The only real complaint about Clowney was that he is a little stiff:
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.
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.
Clowney and Watt would haunt the dreams of quarterbacks like Andrew Luck for years to come. You don't pass on that opportunity.