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Georgia coach: Clowney is already better than anyone in the NFL

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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.

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148 Responses to “Georgia coach: Clowney is already better than anyone in the NFL”
  1. jetsfan79 says: Jul 29, 2013 9:13 PM

    The jets best chance to get this guy is start Sanchez all 16 games

  2. bennyb82 says: Jul 29, 2013 9:13 PM

    He is a great player…but what a ridiculous comment by Richt.

  3. ctattles says: Jul 29, 2013 9:14 PM

    He’s #2, right behind Tim Biakabatuka.

  4. michaeljacksonisback says: Jul 29, 2013 9:15 PM

    BUST

  5. doomsdaydefensetx says: Jul 29, 2013 9:15 PM

    But does he know how to be a pro?

  6. unbiasfan says: Jul 29, 2013 9:17 PM

    Better than JJ Watt, Aldon Smith, Von Miller, Demarcus Ware, and Jared Allen? LOL it explains why you’re still a college coach..

  7. dapell says: Jul 29, 2013 9:17 PM

    Taylor Lewan begs to differ. When he was on him Clowney was a non-factor in that game. The hit on Vincent Smith was a mistake by one of the other linemen fwiw.

  8. jets13 says: Jul 29, 2013 9:18 PM

    I dont know if I agree with Richt, but I will say…….If I was a father figure to Clowney, I would tell him to not even suit up this year……..Clowney saw first hand what happened to Lattimore……..if Clowney sits out the year, what is the worst that happens? he falls to #2 or 3?…….and i still think he’d go #1…….

    As a fan of the game, I don’t know if I can take watching an injury to this kid this year……Clowney has already done his due time at SC and has given us one of the greatest defensive highlights ever…….all you are doing this year is playing for pride with the possibility of losing millions……it aint worth it…

    I hope Spurrier has the brains to sit this kid out in every blow out, but knowing him, i doubt that’ll happen

  9. packerbackernj says: Jul 29, 2013 9:18 PM

    So was Tony Mandarich.

  10. elmerbrownelmerbrown says: Jul 29, 2013 9:18 PM

    His coach is a CLOWN !

  11. pzkslc says: Jul 29, 2013 9:18 PM

    Is he ready for the NFL?….. That’s a Clowney question, bro.

  12. tooz72 says: Jul 29, 2013 9:19 PM

    Raiders #1 pick next year!!!

  13. tacowrecker says: Jul 29, 2013 9:20 PM

    He’s a great collegiate player, but he’s been overhyped so much that there’s just no way he’ll be able to fulfill all of the expectations, not even if he’s the next reggie white. I also wonder how coachable will he be after being told he’s the best in the world for so long?

  14. moerawn says: Jul 29, 2013 9:21 PM

    He’s pretty good. –signed, Vincent Smith’s loose head

  15. joey49er says: Jul 29, 2013 9:23 PM

    Clowney is a clownnnnnn…..and so are the people who thinks hes that good lol

  16. justintuckrule says: Jul 29, 2013 9:24 PM

    And the poor guy is destined for the jets

  17. dropkickbanana says: Jul 29, 2013 9:25 PM

    He may be the next great thing to hit the NFL, but he’s not playing NFL competition, at NFL speed. He’s probably quite talented, and he’ll be an asset to an NFL team, but I’m sure there are several dozen current NFL players that would embarrass him with experience alone.

  18. njsteeler says: Jul 29, 2013 9:26 PM

    What was the name of that 80’s hit by Foreigner? Oh yeah, “Head Games”….

  19. peytonsneck18 says: Jul 29, 2013 9:26 PM

    dont let redskins fans hear about this, they already think IRG3 was GODs gift to the NFL

  20. bigcid10 says: Jul 29, 2013 9:26 PM

    at one time or another every football in the nfl
    was “the best”
    until he gets rocked by an nfl left tackle !

  21. elmaxoh says: Jul 29, 2013 9:27 PM

    How about some humility for this young guy ?

  22. gibbyfan says: Jul 29, 2013 9:27 PM

    he should help the Raiders

  23. swaggyy says: Jul 29, 2013 9:27 PM

    He’s not better than Russell Wilson. So this is completely false.

  24. bigdan7885 says: Jul 29, 2013 9:27 PM

    It’s Adrian Peterson.

  25. onbucky96 says: Jul 29, 2013 9:28 PM

    If Beno Cook were alive, he’d say Clowney would win several Heismans. Remember back in the day when he said that about Ron Powles? Ha ha ha ha ha, crazy old man. While Clowney is a freak, he wasn’t blocked on that play against Michigan.

  26. novanation33 says: Jul 29, 2013 9:29 PM

    The Clowney hype is getting ridiculous

  27. youarejealousof6rings says: Jul 29, 2013 9:29 PM

    That’s just like Rex Ryan saying every player he has coached is the best of his position. Nothing to see here.

  28. elwaysagenius says: Jul 29, 2013 9:29 PM

    This cluelessness is why Richt was rumored to be on his way out 2 years ago.

  29. pooflingingmonkey says: Jul 29, 2013 9:30 PM

    With the first pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Los Angeles Browns select…

  30. captaindickhaus says: Jul 29, 2013 9:31 PM

    Easy to say now. Wait till he goes against NFL quality offensive lines. I’m not doubting he can be very very good, but this is ridiculous.

  31. clevelandschronic2 says: Jul 29, 2013 9:31 PM

    Tim Tebow heavily disagrees!!!

  32. bugorfeature says: Jul 29, 2013 9:31 PM

    It would be very rare for a college player to be better than the top pros. The pro players are the top of the college players and the game is much faster. And this coach Richt has never been an NFL coach hasn’t seen pro players every day.

  33. seanleemvp says: Jul 29, 2013 9:32 PM

    Don’t forget Demarcus Ware. Freak Athlete who has the most sacks since he came into the NFL in 2005. Ware had double digit sacks playing with one arm last year(the other needed shoulder surgery and all offseason for his elbow to heal).

    This guy is indulging IMOP.

  34. Waffle 2.0 says: Jul 29, 2013 9:32 PM

    NFL linemen are a whole different breed. Many a college stud has embarassed himself in the pros.

  35. hatesycophants says: Jul 29, 2013 9:33 PM

    No, he isn’t. He’s not as good as any NFL starter at his position. He’s a college player. Maybe the best, but still a college player.

  36. bigbrad184 says: Jul 29, 2013 9:34 PM

    That’s just a stupid thing to say. Undoubtedly an amazing college player with the potential to be an amazing NFL player, but in no way shape or form is he already better than the very best players in the NFL. Physically he can probably stack up with some of the best, but there’s so much he will need to learn on the mental side of the game and he will only get that with NFL experience.

  37. therealraider says: Jul 29, 2013 9:35 PM

    Considering he has 21 career college sacks and there are a few guys that can do that in 1 NFL season… I’d say… NO.

  38. 69finfan says: Jul 29, 2013 9:35 PM

    The old Georgia ball coach needs to be drug tested. Either that or tested for a concussion (s).

  39. raiders4lyfe17 says: Jul 29, 2013 9:35 PM

    Calm down

  40. dgrowe213 says: Jul 29, 2013 9:36 PM

    Love how Richt is setting the table. Looking into my crystal ball… Clowney will be irrelevant on Sept 7th.

  41. ishallcomment says: Jul 29, 2013 9:37 PM

    Normally I would laugh at these kind of claims…

    But this guy really is a monster.

  42. xxbomberxx says: Jul 29, 2013 9:37 PM

    Lets see.. an all world college prospect…cant miss #1 draft pick.. greatest player ever…hmmm..What could possibly go wrong..

  43. raynman49 says: Jul 29, 2013 9:38 PM

    Calm down. One hit doesn’t make him the best. But he is really good.

  44. SAV says: Jul 29, 2013 9:38 PM

    Kid’s got BUST written all over him.

  45. tutamus says: Jul 29, 2013 9:38 PM

    At this rate if he doesn’t break the sack record as a rookie he might be considered a bust.

  46. milesrunner262 says: Jul 29, 2013 9:38 PM

    Sounds like Richt is getting his talking points from Lou Holtz.

  47. icebowler says: Jul 29, 2013 9:38 PM

    I hope the Vikings get to draft him. Can he play QB?

  48. thenordicthunder says: Jul 29, 2013 9:39 PM

    Smells like a future “bust” in the making.

  49. drsimester says: Jul 29, 2013 9:39 PM

    Wow, why would he even say that? That’s such a ridiculous statement. I hope the media doesn’t overdue it with this kid. The last thing he needs is to be worshiped like he’s a hall of famer before he even gets out of college. Just let him play

  50. lennydpocketqb says: Jul 29, 2013 9:42 PM

    This guy gets into Canton before McNabb.

  51. tfbuckfutter says: Jul 29, 2013 9:42 PM

    Mark Richt is a really vindictive jerk.

    Trying to ensure that Clowney ends up on the Browns or Raiders, and thus has no chance of ever being successful?

    Come on, man.

  52. evilbilly3 says: Jul 29, 2013 9:43 PM

    I want this kid on my team next year, but that’s not cool putting him too high up on a pedestal.

  53. maximus50 says: Jul 29, 2013 9:45 PM

    Guy sounds like such a dope. This is as stupid as when idiots say the best college team could beat the worst NFL team…….No they couldn’t and no he is not even close to being better than all pro players.

  54. icewalker946 says: Jul 29, 2013 9:46 PM

    What sort of ‘Suck for Luck’ phrase will be used for Jadeveon Clowney?

  55. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 29, 2013 9:46 PM

    In spirit of the one known as “Calvin Johnson”….

    No, he is not.

  56. torontofalcon says: Jul 29, 2013 9:46 PM

    He was NFL ready after high school so this isnt really an exaggeration. I’ve been following this kid since his SR year at high school and he’s the real deal. Not only is he a rare athlete but he’s got that dog in him that makes players great.

  57. iceburgskin202 says: Jul 29, 2013 9:47 PM

    I think he’s gonna be good but that’s a comment that has to make his team real confident this season!!!

  58. cootschaos says: Jul 29, 2013 9:49 PM

    Clowney is a stud.. but Richt is known to be an over-exaggerator.

  59. pats2014 says: Jul 29, 2013 9:49 PM

    This is what we were refer to as the “SEC Hype Machine”. It’s the same movement that had people believing that Alabama could compete with teams in the NFL.

  60. hines86for6 says: Jul 29, 2013 9:49 PM

    If Clowney is the best player player in the world (he’s not, for sure NCAA), then Antonio Richardson LT for Tennessee will be a top 10 pick as well. Shut Clowney out for 58 minutes @SC last year in his first year as a starter. Clowney did have the game winning strip sack in the 58 minute, but was invisible beforehand.

    And Richardson may not be the best LT in the SEC because of Jake Matthews At A&M. SEC, Baby.

  61. braceyourselffor12 says: Jul 29, 2013 9:49 PM

    Mark Richt your argument is invalid.

    Having said that, I hope when this kid does make it to NFL he strives to be the best and not walk on with a reputation to carry him. We’ve seen that song and dance way to many times.

  62. vikesgod28 says: Jul 29, 2013 9:50 PM

    Yea right! And monkeys might fly out of my butt.

  63. Steeley McBeam says: Jul 29, 2013 9:50 PM

    [against NCAA competition.]

    I think JJ Watt and Aldon Smith may have something to say about that.

  64. u4iadman says: Jul 29, 2013 9:50 PM

    I appreciate his enthusiasm.

    But better than Brady, Aaron, Manning, AP?

    Child Please.

  65. timegambit says: Jul 29, 2013 9:51 PM

    The best thing about a player like Clowney is that it hedges the bet for the questionable teams like mine.

    If you’re gonna win–win. But if you’re gonna lose, it might not be the worst thing in the world to lose big.

  66. hyzers says: Jul 29, 2013 9:52 PM

    Is this the same SEC coach that said Alabama could beat an NFL team? LOL

    I’m guessing Richt is just planning a built-in excuse for when his team loses to SC.

    Surprised MDS didn’t talk about Clowney’s hit on the Michigan RB where no one decided to block him.

  67. Tadd says: Jul 29, 2013 9:52 PM

    Wow all because of one hit.

    I think he is talented, but no where near as talented as he is being hyped as, and all of the hype comes from that one hit.

    Interesting to see how good he is this season in College and next year in the NFL.

  68. jonbeck316 says: Jul 29, 2013 9:52 PM

    It sounds like he is trying to jinx the opposition

  69. truthserum4u says: Jul 29, 2013 9:53 PM

    Clowney could very well be great in the NFL, but it’s important to note he was handled quite well by Lewan of Michigan & Richardson of Tennessee (to name a couple). Now both Lewan & Richardson are projected as 2014 first round picks, but does anyone think those two are going to be considered among the best in the league once they’re there? Clowney’s going to be going against much tougher opponents than those guys, so let’s back off the hype a little and let the kid develop his game and hopefully he’ll ultimately produce as everyone thinks he will.

  70. twisteditoff says: Jul 29, 2013 9:53 PM

    Already a better all-around player than Aaron Rodgers, or Tom Brady, or Peyton Manning, or Adrian Peterson or Calvin Johnson?
    THAT IS BS NO MATTER HOW YOU LOOK AT IT
    Adrian Peterson IS BEST IN THE NFL!!!

  71. byzr says: Jul 29, 2013 9:53 PM

    wow… they’re setting this guy up for an epic, Mandrich type fall.

  72. jonnydapat says: Jul 29, 2013 9:54 PM

    Easy Mark, best player in the world? Wait till he gets to the NFL with the grown men first. No doubt he’s going to be a great player but slow down skippy.

  73. liontuss says: Jul 29, 2013 9:54 PM

    Coach is really just clownin’ us. Good for the program.

  74. seatownballers says: Jul 29, 2013 9:56 PM

    It’s just a bold statement. And let’s not forget the kid hasn’t yet played against nfl talent yet

  75. denverdave3 says: Jul 29, 2013 9:56 PM

    he sure has a big forearm

  76. raylewisandhisteeth says: Jul 29, 2013 9:58 PM

    Here we go again…..

  77. svn2011 says: Jul 29, 2013 9:58 PM

    Its one player.One player in a team game. Lets see if he gets drafted by whoever goes 1-15 and turns the team around single handedly.

  78. somekat says: Jul 29, 2013 9:59 PM

    No pressure or anything, lol

  79. camdenyard says: Jul 29, 2013 9:59 PM

    Some people should not be allowed to speak into a microphone. Just sayin’.

  80. asimonetti88 says: Jul 29, 2013 9:59 PM

    I wish people would shut up and let him just play. I worry that all this hype and hyperbole will raise the expectations too high. It feels like if he doesn’t come out and immediately play like Reggie White in his prime he’ll be called a bust. The kid can play, just let him do his own thing and create his own legacy!

  81. skoobyfl says: Jul 29, 2013 10:00 PM

    Lots of talc is needed to dry coach up.

  82. 33vikes says: Jul 29, 2013 10:02 PM

    That’s why he is coaching: in college.

  83. pathsovglory says: Jul 29, 2013 10:02 PM

    *rolls eyes*

  84. idolized1 says: Jul 29, 2013 10:02 PM

    I am looking so forward to seeing this guy play more than ever now after reading this article.

    Either way, however he turns out this season is going to be a huge deal no matter what.

  85. grindhousegazette says: Jul 29, 2013 10:02 PM

    I think Clowney is going to turn out to be one of the best defensive players to get drafted in the past decade but I’d say that’s stretching it just a bit. Hopefully he finishes out his career at SC healthy and makes it to NFL at 100%.

    @grindhousegaz

  86. annes22 says: Jul 29, 2013 10:03 PM

    That’s a ridiculous statement. He hasn’t got to the NFL yet, make that statement when he finally gets there, and plays in games.

  87. vincelombardisghost says: Jul 29, 2013 10:04 PM

    I can’t wait ’til he joins the NFL. He’d look great in a Packers uniform, which is highly unlikely, but I can dream.

  88. jerrysglassescleaner says: Jul 29, 2013 10:08 PM

    Lol!

  89. dilberry says: Jul 29, 2013 10:12 PM

    Calvin Johnson would disagree.

  90. GenXJay says: Jul 29, 2013 10:12 PM

    blow a knee out 1st. then I may pay attention.

  91. kegrun says: Jul 29, 2013 10:13 PM

    Hope he drops to #32 in the draft so the Falcons can get him.

  92. packfntk says: Jul 29, 2013 10:13 PM

    The NFL is a different game. Ryan Leaf was great in college too.

  93. taosravenfan says: Jul 29, 2013 10:21 PM

    Watch the colts tank another season so that they can get the top pick. They did it with manning and luck. Would put nothing past jimmy irsay. He father was a real piece of work.

  94. dburgoyne says: Jul 29, 2013 10:23 PM

    Apparently all of the Alabama beatings have finally caught up with Richt’s brain.

  95. titansbro says: Jul 29, 2013 10:23 PM

    Ludicrous to say he’s better than a future HOF QB, but he might give the top NFL d-lineman a run for their money. Dude is nasty.

  96. canetic says: Jul 29, 2013 10:23 PM

    Why even play in the NFL? Let’s just elect him directly into the HOF and retire his number.

  97. 13fitzj says: Jul 29, 2013 10:27 PM

    Well then.

  98. evilfrasiercrane says: Jul 29, 2013 10:28 PM

    Well lets see. Tony Mandarich was going to be the greatest lineman every to play the game, and Ryan Leaf was a sure thing, and Jamarcus Russell was a beast and bigfoot is running around the woods eluding everyone. Clowney is probably a great player, but unfortunately they just put a target on his back. Andrew Luck had similar hype and seems to be doing ok, but lets give him a few more starts before saying he’s the real deal. I would say the same goes for Clowney and everyone else. The NFL is loaded with great players.

  99. citizenstrange says: Jul 29, 2013 10:28 PM

    Speaking of J.J. Watt, how on earth does he get away with that finger wag move in his opponent’s face after he makes a tackle after a six yard gain? In what universe is that not taunting?

  100. honkeyt says: Jul 29, 2013 10:28 PM

    I would still pick Larry Bird #1 over all in the 2014 NFL draft.

  101. dirtydrew says: Jul 29, 2013 10:29 PM

    Your a fool coach. Believe it or not, there is football outside the SEC.

  102. banjaxedbengal says: Jul 29, 2013 10:30 PM

    This kid will be humbled as will all these morons pushing the hype.

  103. pw1265 says: Jul 29, 2013 10:32 PM

    Another SEC coach smoking dope with his players….what a pathetic comment.

  104. northstarnic says: Jul 29, 2013 10:33 PM

    Idiot.

  105. cappa662 says: Jul 29, 2013 10:34 PM

    Ummm… I think I can name AT LEAST 200 players in the NFL that I would rather have than Clowney… RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!!!!

  106. raider23mike says: Jul 29, 2013 10:37 PM

    Raiders

  107. raiderapologist says: Jul 29, 2013 10:39 PM

    Richt also said he recruited Clowney first, but thought someone was clowning him, so he offered the scholarship to a white kid instead.

  108. joerymi says: Jul 29, 2013 10:40 PM

    Don’t play for free, Jadeveon.

  109. kdsr382013 says: Jul 29, 2013 10:41 PM

    That is exactly the kind of hype that will ruin a kid. I hope this young man can keep from looking at his news clippings too much. Sure would hate to see such a unique talent, have his spirit broken upon getting to the league and finding it’s harder than it looks.

  110. notoriousjebus says: Jul 29, 2013 10:44 PM

    Rodger, Brady and Manning are great and amazing QBs, but they are nowhere near the greatest all around players as you contend. Brady and Manning go out of their way to get away from a defender carrying the ball after a turnover. Don’t get me wrong, that’s the smart move, but you can’t say 3 guys who won’t tackle or block anyone are the best all around players in the league.

  111. pushingiron says: Jul 29, 2013 10:51 PM

    DeMarcus Ware is laughing somewhere.

  112. brobroski says: Jul 29, 2013 10:57 PM

    Jesus Christ, there are Hall of Fame players playing in the NFL right now at his position. Pump the breaks already. In no universe is the NCAA on the same level as the NFL.

  113. mz1394 says: Jul 29, 2013 10:58 PM

    Ask Steve emtman

  114. sarcasm says: Jul 29, 2013 11:18 PM

    Fools wanted to put Andrew Luck into Canton before he threw a pass so why not Clowney?

  115. gborange says: Jul 29, 2013 11:20 PM

    He will lead the league in roughing the passer penalties.

  116. expertop says: Jul 29, 2013 11:25 PM

    kegrun says:
    Jul 29, 2013 10:13 PM
    Hope he drops to #33 in the draft so the Falcons can get him.
    ————————–
    Fixed that for you.

  117. glazerh8er says: Jul 29, 2013 11:36 PM

    He deserves it. The film doesn’t lie. It’s all on tape. He is the Calvin Johnson of Defensive Ends (CJ may have been best WR in all of football his last year at GTech). Or, Adrian Peterson without the health concerns. The SEC deserves the hype too because it’s also all on tape and 6 years running. Anyone who watches his highlight reel and knows football knows this kid is the TRUTH. Now, can he handle his money and be a pro? I think so based on his ability to improve his game and stay entirely out of trouble.

  118. granadafan says: Jul 29, 2013 11:37 PM

    I sure hope this kid can live up to the hype and doesn’t let the accolades get to his head. I hope he keep working hard as he can because if he tries to get by on just talent then he’ll get eaten alive by veteran linemen.

  119. jbaxt says: Jul 29, 2013 11:44 PM

    Let the “Don’t win one, for Jadevon” season for losers begin.

    If he’s that good, giving away the season and signing the top pick for the rookie scale would be the way to go. Get a supposedly top guy at his position for the price of the same guy, 20th best at his position…

    Let Indy follow the suck for luck season, then have the best offensive player, and the best defensive player(SUPPOSEDLY) for 3-5 years together and still have huge money for top FA’s.

  120. kokomike says: Jul 29, 2013 11:50 PM

    Richt is over the top. It is his style. He has hair plugs, too.

  121. nelly837 says: Jul 30, 2013 12:11 AM

    Wasn’t Andre Ware, Jamarcus Russell, and Akili Smith all supposed to be without a doubt the best player coming into the NFL?

  122. thefhaloanguy says: Jul 30, 2013 12:15 AM

    I remember the hype over tony mandarich.

  123. marcinhouston says: Jul 30, 2013 12:33 AM

    Yeah, thats why South Carolina got the the QB and beat Bama, LSU, etc. Oh wait…

  124. ldawg2112 says: Jul 30, 2013 12:59 AM

    Christ, the hyperbole on this guy is out of control. Do we forget that Taylor Lewan shut him down in Clwoney’s last game? Sure he had the one hit in the run game but Lewan held him pressure-less. Even Devin Gardner admitted as much, saying he had plenty of time to throw all game. Is Lewan is having his way with him, I dont imagine Clowney would have much of a chance against a Joe Thomas, Ryan Clady, or Duane Brown. He’s got all the potential in the world but Mark Richt is full of it.

  125. nflpoker says: Jul 30, 2013 1:06 AM

    If Clowney is the second coming, it would funny to see him being slammed onto the turf by an NFL lineman on Clowney’s first pass rush.

  126. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jul 30, 2013 1:36 AM

    Richt playing head games with clowney before their game.

  127. channer81 says: Jul 30, 2013 1:47 AM

    If he is that good, I’d like to see him vs Joe Thomas, Staley or Trent Williams

  128. texansfan713 says: Jul 30, 2013 1:52 AM

    This has the be a joke. So he is already better then Jared Allen, geno smith or JJ watt. Yeah OK.

  129. veence69 says: Jul 30, 2013 2:23 AM

    And no one should know better who is ready to succeed in the NFL than done college coach who is charge if amateurs..

    DERPDERPDERP..

  130. Ram says: Jul 30, 2013 2:40 AM

    Not a Georgia fan, but this looks to be a brilliantly loud, but subtle move on Richt’s part. Continue to skyrocket the ego of a major rival’s stud athlete, with the hope of making Clowney break under the extreme pressure. Yet, even if he does go off against Georgia this year, Richt can say “I told you so”. Football season is about to start and I CAN’T WAIT!!!!

  131. ruthlssjag says: Jul 30, 2013 2:44 AM

    “Drown for the Clown”

  132. afcdomination says: Jul 30, 2013 3:10 AM

    better than ANYONE in the nfl? really now? stuff like this does NOT help the image.

    he had a nice big hit that everyone saw. but to declare him the best before he plays a down in the league? setting him up to fail

  133. raideralex99 says: Jul 30, 2013 5:59 AM

    Now you know why Reggie passed on addressing the D line this year and getting rid of Palmer.
    With the first pick of the 2014 draft … the Raiders select Jadeveon Clowney .

  134. hawkstradamus says: Jul 30, 2013 6:33 AM

    The college game is all about talent whereas the pro game is more about skill as everyone at that level has a high level of talent. What seperates the draft busts from those with bronze busts in Canton is how dedicated they are to their craft. There have been a number of players with supreme talent but not the skill to succeed.

  135. virgilcole says: Jul 30, 2013 7:38 AM

    “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.”
    ===========================

    I think he was talking about at his position. How the Hell could Clowney be the best QB or WR in the world today?

    Buffoon.

  136. officialgame says: Jul 30, 2013 7:45 AM

    This guy is the closest thing to Reggie White since I saw a young Reggie White play. By that I mean he looks like a man amongst boys.

  137. thelastwordyaheard says: Jul 30, 2013 8:41 AM

    the NFL is much faster than college football not played in the SEC

  138. lennydpocketqb says: Jul 30, 2013 9:23 AM

    icewalker946 says:
    Jul 29, 2013 9:46 PM
    What sort of ‘Suck for Luck’ phrase will be used for Jadeveon Clowney?
    ________________

    Play bad, draft Clowney.

  139. whyamiacowboysfanagain says: Jul 30, 2013 11:36 AM

    Mark Richt is a Clown(ey)!

  140. finsbooyah says: Jul 30, 2013 12:19 PM

    Pennywise the Clowney:

    Evil lurks in his eyes,
    The Clowney they call, Pennywise
    He’ll catch you by surprise,
    The Clowney they call, Pennywise.

  141. ninersblogger says: Jul 30, 2013 12:48 PM

    This guy is way better than Justin Smith…
    BWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

    Seriously, this coach is going to kill this kid, by overhyping him and making him believe he is better than he is and sure fire NFL superstar without doing anything yet.

  142. bcgreg says: Jul 30, 2013 1:19 PM

    @ texansfan713

    Geno smith? Really?

  143. captainspangled says: Jul 30, 2013 5:14 PM

    He’s undeniably the greatest player I’ve ever seen at the collegiate level and it isn’t even close. To call him the best in the world though at this juncture is just flat out hyperbole.

  144. taintedsaints2009 says: Jul 30, 2013 10:23 PM

    I don’t understand your obsession with JJ Watt. He’s very good but no way would I consider him more valuable than the top quarterbacks or guys like Peterson.

  145. soxpower says: Jul 31, 2013 12:36 AM

    haha He aint’ Better than Julius peppers

  146. 52lightsxout52 says: Aug 1, 2013 12:13 PM

    bennyb82 says: Jul 29, 2013 9:13 PM

    He is a great player…but what a ridiculous comment by Richt.

    ________________________________

    It makes me wonder if this is an attempt by Richt to mock Clowney with a little bit of sarcasm…

  147. nickynick04 says: Aug 1, 2013 11:39 PM

    Outside the ” HIT ” he was handled quite well by Lewan of Michigan………..and the kid from Tenn.

    Clowney is good . But ????

  148. footbal1q says: Aug 2, 2013 10:11 AM

    peytonsneck18 says: Jul 29, 2013 9:26 PM

    dont let redskins fans hear about this, they already think IRG3 was GODs gift to the NFL.

    Ahahah your the Hater everyone talks about on every post…

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