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2015 NFL DRAFT

Jadeveon Clowney, DE

School: South Carolina  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Rock Hill, SC
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 266 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
111

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
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4.512.581.5921 37 1/210'4"4.437.27
Workout Results
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Mock Draft Expert Analysis

  • Houston Texans | #1
    The Texans' primary need is at quarterback not pass rusher but it appears that Bill O'Brien and Rick Smith have narrowed their choice to top pass rushers Clowney and Khalil Mack. Clowney isn't as polished out of the two-point stance as Mack but he's the premier talent of this class.
  • Houston Texans | #1
    The Texans are keeping the phone lines open here and there is still a chance a team could blow them away with an offer, but if Houston stays put at No. 1, I think they'll go upside over safe and take Clowney over Khalil Mack.
  • Houston Texans | #1
    I still think they might trade back to take a quarterback, but I am sticking with this pick for now.
  • Jacksonville Jaguars | #3
    The Jags need a pass rusher with his kind of talent and better hope no one jumps ahead of them to get him. I could see a trade with Atlanta if the right guy is on the board when Atlanta picks, but if no one is what the Jags are looking for, they keep Clowney.
 

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Exceedingly rare combination of size, explosiveness, strength, speed and technique. Times the snap well and possesses true explosiveness out of his stance to cross the face of the left tackle. Exceptional burst off the snap with lateral agility and an array of pass rush moves.

Simply too quick for trap blocks, consistently flashing into the backfield to beat oncoming blockers (as in the case of the famous Michigan tackle for loss, forced and recovered fumble). Good flexibility to dip around the tackle's reach, turn the corner sharply and close on the quarterback in a flash.

Uses his hands well to fight through blockers' attempts to corral him, demonstrating refined hand placement and impressive strength. Does not rely on his outside speed rush, complementing his burst with an equally effective interior rush due to a terrific swim move and very good lateral agility.

Frequently used on twists and stunts, in which he loops inside to attack slower-footed interior linemen, demonstrating the toughness and athleticism to handle inside duties. Only occasionally asked to rush from the two-point (stand-up) stance, but is effective here, as well, making him potentially equally valuable as a rusher in the 3-4 alignment.

Far from just a pass rusher. Uses his terrific quickness off the snap to stop running plays before blockers can get to him and shows underrated core strength to anchor when they do. Rarely is blocked for long and shows good vision to locate the ball, as well as the hustle to pursue downfield. Generates great closing speed to force some eye-popping collisions which resulted in eight forced fumbles over his first two seasons of NCAA football.

WEAKNESSES: Could struggle to match the unrealistic expectations that come with his hype. Disappears for stretches of the game, raising some questions about his level of conditioning.

Typically too athletic for cut-blocks but was knocked to the ground on occasion and is more vulnerable to these blocks than many pass-rushers due to his long legs. Good awareness and reaction to the quarterback's attempt to loft passes over the top of him, showing impressive timing and leaping ability to knock passes down but less-than-ideal ball-skills to complete the interception.

Announced that he is planning to undergo post-season surgery to remove bone spurs in his right foot, which could keep him from participating in the 2014 Scouting Combine, should he declare early for the draft.

Compares To: Mario Williams, DE, Buffalo Bills - Like the last defensive end to earn the No. 1 overall selection, Clowney possesses an exceedingly rare combination of size, strength and athleticism. Clowney is a more pro-ready talent than Williams was when the Houston Texans nabbed him out of NC State in 2006 and, as the consensus top prep prospect when he signed with South Carolina, he has already demonstrated the ability to handle high expectations.

--Rob Rang

Player Overview

Clowney was the consensus top recruit in the country coming out of Rock Hill, South Carolina. He racked up 162 tackles, 29.5 sacks, 29 tackles for loss, 11 forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries for Rock Pointe high school.

He chose the Gamecocks over Clemson, Alabama, LSU and Florida State, along with interest from many other of the top programs in the country.

As a true freshman, Clowney was named the SEC Freshman of the Year by the league's coaches after being credited with 36 tackles, including 12 tackles for loss, five forced fumbles and six quarterback hurries while seeing action in all 13 games.

Clowney exploded onto the national scene in 2012, finishing sixth in the Heisman balloting after setting the school single-season record with 13 sacks and 23.5 tackles for loss. He became the first sophomore to win the Hendricks Award as the nation's top defensive end, and was a finalist for the Nagurski Trophy, Rotary Lombardi Award and Bednarik Awards.

Unlike most collegiate pass rushers, Clowney owns a complete game, based on spectacular athleticism and refined technique. He complements his speed rush with a terrific interior move and has the strength, toughness and vision to star against the run, as well.

Clowney struggled to match his stellar production of 2012, but his value lies in his ability to impact the play-calling and personnel opponents use with him on the field.

Remarkably gifted athletically and offering better technique than many give him credit for, Clowney appears destined to contend for sack titles early in his NFL career.

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05/12/2014 - Houston says hello to Clowney...General manager Rick Smith thought about trading the pick, but he didn't find anyone who'd agree to his steep demands. He wasn't going to give up Clowney without an offer too good to refuse. The coaches are excited about pairing Clowney with defensive end J.J. Watt in passing situations. Five members of the front seven will be Watt, Clowney, Mercilus, Reed and inside linebacker Brian Cushing. "I want to learn," Clowney said. "I want to be great. Now that I'm in the NFL, hopefully, I'll be a Hall of Famer someday."

The Texans now prep for Friday's second round, when they again begin the night with the first pick -- this time, No. 33 overall. Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr and Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo are among the candidates to be chosen at that spot, but reports also circulated Thursday that the Texans could go the veteran route, possibly acquiring former Bill O'Brien pupil Ryan Mallett from the New England Patriots. - The Sports Xchange

 

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