The insane hype around South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is growing.
Clowney likely would have been the first pick in this year’s NFL draft if he had been eligible, and he’s widely expected to be the first pick in next year’s NFL draft after he has completed his third year of college football. But Mark Richt, who coaches against Clowney at Georgia, says Clowney doesn’t even need to get to the NFL to be the best player in the game.
“I would say Clowney is the best football player in the world though. Seriously. I think he might be the very best player who exists today, at any level,” Richt said, via the Macon Telegraph.
Clowney is an incredible athlete who’s also got a mean streak that makes him one of the most feared players that college football has ever seen. But does Richt really think he’s the best football player in the world, right now? Already a better defensive end than J.J. Watt? Already a better all-around player than Aaron Rodgers, or Tom Brady, or Peyton Manning, or Adrian Peterson or Calvin Johnson? That seems like a stretch.
But the way people talk about Clowney, it’s not a surprise to hear Richt talking about him in grandiose terms. At this rate, someone will be calling for him to be enshrined in Canton before the 2014 NFL draft.