Back in February, more than a month after Jadeveon Clowney had wrapped up a relatively disappointing 2013 season that included just three sacks (after racking up 21 the two previous years), his college coach Steve Spurrier said the standout defensive end's work ethic was just "okay." Not exactly a ringing endorsement, especially since Clowney was taking his game to the NFL.
Nearly two months later, Spurrier may not consider Clowney the hardest worker he's ever been around, but that doesn't change his thinking on where Clowney should be drafted: by the Texans with the first-overall pick.
That's partly because Spurrier doesn't believe there's an elite quarterback in this draft, but also because of Clowney's immense talent.
“He's a really good football player, and obviously pass rushing is what he does best,” Spurrier said. “He's a pass rusher like nobody I think I've ever seen in college football.”
In the weeks leading up to the draft, we've heard an anonymous NFL executive call Clowney "spoiled" and "lazy," an on-the-record Merril Hoge refer to Clowney as an "atrocious" football player, and another anonymous NFL executive tell NFL.com's Albert Breer that Clowney "could've started in the NFL his freshman year."
So, yeah, the scouting reports run the gamut.
In related news: CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco writes that there is "growing talk in league circles that the Texans will move back" in the draft and possibly take an offensive lineman or a quarterback. In his latest mock draft, Prisco has the Falcons trading up to No. 1 to grab Clowney.