What's amazing about that is the fact that he apparently did so with a pulled groin throughout the workouts. Josh Kendall of The State in Columbia, S.C., reported the news on Twitter:
Jadeveon Clowney was working out with a slight groin pull today.— Josh Kendall (@JoshatTheState) April 2, 2014
Chris McClain of 610 The Fan in Charlotte, N.C., shared his thoughts on the news:
So Clowney had that sick workout with a groin pull? Damn he is a beast.— Chris McClain (@macwfnz) April 2, 2014
During his time with the Gamecocks, his effort on the field was questioned along with his own coach, Steve Spurrier, calling him out publicly for his work ethic off the field, per Jeff Reynolds of CBS Sports:
He was OK. It wasn't like Marcus Lattimore, you know, every player is a little different. His work habits are pretty good, they're not quite like Lattimore, a Stephon Gilmore, Melvin Ingram, some of those guys, but when the ball is snapped he's got something no one else has.
Needless to say, that has been taken into account by every analyst and is likely on the minds of every scout and head coach of teams at the top of the draft. With that in mind, Will Grubb of SportsRadio 610 in Houston is slightly skeptical of the announcement's timing:
I'm not saying Clowney didn't have a pulled groin, but that's a very advantageous thing to leak.— Will Grubb (@WillGrubbRadio) April 2, 2014
The fact that Clowney ended up turning heads with an injury will only set him further apart from others in the class. His athleticism and pure ability has never been in question, but the effort he showed through the injury could help sway teams at the top of the board.
According to ESPN's David Newton, Clowney spoke following his workout and said that he had two private workouts scheduled so far with the Atlanta Falcons and St. Louis Rams, who hold the No. 6 and 2 picks in the draft respectively.
If this announcement does anything more for his stock, he might not have to worry about falling that far when the draft rolls around.
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