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Draft Scout Jadeveon Clowney News
05/21/13 - 2013 FREAKS LIST: THE 20 CRAZIEST ATHLETES IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL: 1. Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina, DE: When Clowney arrived in Columbia two years ago as the nation's No. 1 recruit, he was a chiseled 6-foot-6, 238 pounder with explosiveness that had college recruiters raving. He was also "a recipe for disaster," said Connolly. "When he walked in the door he was a Ferrari engine in a Yugo. He was extremely explosive but he needed to stabilize a lot of his joints to help keep him injury free."
Since then Clowney has blossomed into a 275-pound guy who has many seeing him as the first pick in next year's NFL Draft and a viable Heisman Trophy candidate. "His first step was lightning, and that's just who is he and what God gave him," said Connolly. "The difference with him is that he's faster at 275 now. He's even more explosive and powerful at 275, which is frightening."
Clowney was tested by Gamecock coaches the week before South Carolina started spring ball. He vertical jumped 38 inches and clocked a 4.54 40 weighing 274 pounds. A year ago, he ran a 4.58 at 257. A year ago, Clowney's teammate, Devin Taylor made the Freaks List. A former state triple jump champ, Taylor was a 6-7, 267-pounder who broad-jumped almost 11 feet. "Devin was fluid and extremely smooth. Clowney is violent," said Connolly. "Devin will play in the NFL for a long time. Clowney is more violent than anybody I've ever seen. There is a violence to his first step. I've never seen anybody with more first-step quickness than he has. He's off the ball while the ball is still in the center's hands. His explosiveness is unparalleled." - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com
05/16/13 - Don't block Jadeveon Clowney...You'll just make him mad. Everybody remembers the monster hit that the South Carolina defensive end put on Michigan running back Vincent Smith in the Outback Bowl. But this spring Gamecocks' defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward told me the story behind the story. You'll recall that the play before the big hit, the officials mistakenly gave Michigan a first down despite a measurement that was clearly short. "Our bench went crazy and Jadeveon came up to me and said 'Coach! They are cheating! They are cheating!,'" Ward said. "He was mad."
Ward decided that it would be a good idea to channel that anger. So on the next play he decided to turn Clowney loose and send him straight for the ball. "When Jadeveon doesn't want to be blocked," Ward said. "He can't be blocked." Uh, yeah. - Tony Barnhart, CBSSports.com
05/05/13 - South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney can count on at least one Heisman voter to support him next season -- his coach, Steve Spurrier. According to a report Wednesday from ESPN, Spurrier had the All-American on his ballot this past season when Clowney finished sixth in the overall tally. From the looks of it, though, Clowney (who picked up four first-place votes) may not have been on the top of his coach's list: "I generally vote for some player on my team,” Spurrier said. “I just feel like I should, so he got one of my votes last year."
In talking further about his vote, the 1966 Heisman winner from Florida revealed a stark truth about how hard it is for a defensive player to win the trophy: "It's hard for a defensive player to do a whole lot. He had the big hit against Michigan, and other than that, their offensive tackle blocked him pretty well. When you've got a couple of guys blocking one guy, it's hard to take over a ballgame." In other words, no matter how well a defensive player performs, the offense can always scheme around him. As a result, even a great end like Clowney has limited opportunities to affect the outcome of a game. If he gets two early sacks, he draws a double team. If he holds up against the run, teams just run the other way. - Chris Huston, CBSSports.com
05/04/13 - NFL DRAFT: 'WAIT-TIL-NEXT-YEAR' DRAFT OVER; HERE ARE 21 TO WATCH IN 2014: Underclassmen...1. Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina: Clowney would have been the No. 1 pick in the 2013 draft if he were eligible. He will be eligible and be the first pick in 2014. - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange
05/04/13 - 2014 NFL DRAFT: EARLY TOP-50 DRAFT BOARD: 1. DE Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina (6-6, 268, 4.65)*...A freak athlete for his size, Clowney has the prototypical size, strength and explosive traits to abuse blockers and blow up the backfield. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com