Scouting Report – Jadeveon Clowney

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November 21, 2013 by Charles McDonald

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Jadeveon Clowney

Defensive End – South Carolina

6’6″ 275lbs

Projection: Top 3 Selection

Strengths

-Elite Athleticism for position

-Complete array of pass rush moves

-Explosive off the edge

-Elite first step explosion off the snap

-Good hand usage when fighting offensive lineman

-Splits through double teams with ease

-Tenacious tackler

-Massive upside

Cons

-Tends to give up on plays

-Sometimes gets frustrated if he’s not making the plays

-Hips are a little stiff

-Conditioning issues early in the season versus North Carolina

Summary

Jadeveon Clowney has been on the national radar since his freshman year at South Carolina. He was widely considered the number one prospect in the nation coming out of high shcool by every major recruiting website including ESPN, Rivals, and Scout.com. During his sophomore campaign he exploded onto the national stage with his ferocious hit on University of Michigan running back in the 2013 Outback Bowl. He totaled 54 tackles including a whopping total of 23.5 tackles for loss and 13 sacks. He hasn’t lit up the stat sheet as he did this year causing the average football fan to say that he might be a tad overrated. The stats do not tell the whole story. Once again, Clowney has dominated the line of scrimmage. He has only totaled 2 sacks during his 2013 campaign, but he has easily been South Carolina’s best player this season. Teams completely focus their game plan away from Clowney, which would partly explain the decline in overall numbers. The fact that teams send two or even three blockers his way every single play frees up his other teammates to make plays all over the field. Even with the dip in production Clowney is such an immense talent that NFL teams will be salivating over the possibility of having a player of his magnitude on their team. If Clowney ends up on a team that can keep him focused on what he needs to do to be great, there is no telling how dominant he could be. NFL quarterbacks better watch out next season.

Player Comparison: A more physical version of Julius Peppers

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