After bowl win, Jadeveon Clowney confirms he’s headed to the NFL

AP

In the least surprising news of the day, South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney has confirmed that he will enter the 2014 NFL draft.

Clowney, who likely would have been the first overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft if not for the rule requiring players to be three years out of high school before they can turn pro, has never made any secret that he wants to get to the NFL as soon as he can. Having completed the third season of his brilliant college career, he’s now free to make a living playing football. Clowney confirmed after South Carolina beat Wisconsin in the Capital One Bowl that he’s done in college.

The question now is which team will draft him. The Texans own the first overall pick and will consider pairing him with J.J. Watt on what would become a terrifying defensive line, but Houston would seem more likely to draft a quarterback first overall. The Rams own the second overall pick, but St. Louis has two good young defensive ends in Robert Quinn and Chris Long, so the Rams likely wouldn’t draft Clowney. The Jaguars at No. 3, Browns at No. 4 and Raiders at No. 5 would all seem to have bigger needs at quarterback, but there aren’t enough quarterbacks to go around (and it’s almost impossible to imagine Clowney dropping all the way to the Falcons at No. 6), so one of those teams may be the destination for Clowney.

Of course, the truth is it’s way too early to predict the draft, which is still more than four months away. What we can say with virtual certainty is that when the first round of the draft begins on May 8, Clowney’s will be one of the first names called.

73 responses to “After bowl win, Jadeveon Clowney confirms he’s headed to the NFL

  1. Once the scouts and coaches see him in short pants all concerns will go away. He’s too much of a specimen. He will get the foot fixed and people will look at the ’12 tape and he will go top 5.

  2. If Houston doesn’t draft Clowney they will be kicking themselves for the next 8-12 years. Kid took the year off because he watch Lattimore lose millions. By far the best player in this draft. No QB is warrants the top pick.

  3. I think the odds are high that St. Louis trades the pick, so that 2 spot will forever be open to being any possible player in the draft until and unless the Rams actually turn a card in. I don’t think they will. They are going to have lots of suitors and they saw what happened on the last trade and they are going to want more of the same.

  4. Brilliant college career? Um…he had 3 sacks this year. I guess the brilliance bar has really been lowered in recent years. In his 3 year career he had 24 sacks total. You call him brilliant, I call him lazy, underachiever.

  5. Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay over rated. Talk about a guy who takes plays off, this guy is another Jerrel Worthy who takes games off. Worthy, I call him worthless, was a second. Any team that takes this bum is in for a sorry sorry story.

  6. Never has anyone like Clowney been rated highly for just one play that he made last year…ridicolously overrated.

  7. One play?? Did you miss his first 2 years? 21 sacks, and 8 forced fumbles his first 2 years. True freshman who gets 8 sacks and 5 forced fumbles in the SEC and you say he only made one play. I’ll admit that taking the year off is bad, but his teammate lost out on Millions because of injuries. Lattimore would have been one of the few top drafted rb last year had injuries not hurt him. This kid isn’t overrated, and in fact as I read more post I would say he is way underrated

  8. Nah, the man has talent and excellent technique for a DE. I hope the raiders draft him if he’s still there at 5.

  9. If I were the Rams I would auction the pick to whichever of the next 4 teams wants it the most. They’re not taking Clowney, and I don’t think any of the QBs after Bridgewater are a big enough improvement over Bradford to merit the second pick in the draft. I expect they will move down a few picks and draft for an area of greater need than DE or QB.

  10. So because he may or may not have been totally motivated his Jr. year of college, automatically no NFL coach or locker room leaders will be able to get the most out of him? Apparently all PFT commenters were model citizens from the moment they turned 18.

    And stop using hashtags in your comments. You’re embarrassing yourselves.

  11. He is a good player and athlete, but all the hype comes from one year old tackle he made on a play that he wasn’t blocked. And don’t give me the “he outrun the block excuse” it was a blown assignment on the line and it left him untouched. Watch the video a few times.

  12. Clowney may have talent but something is missing in the character department.

    He has no grit (I’d say he was goldbricking this past year), he’s fallen for his own press (I’d blame that on the media blowing his one great hit out of perspective), and he may have impulse control problems (110 mph–twice even– is pretty reckless).

    Once the media gets finished with him in the weeks leading up to the draft (remember, they pushed the draft into May this year) he’ll fall. Wild guess: 3rd round.

  13. logicalvoicesays says: Jan 1, 2014 2:00 PM

    #RGIIIWannabe
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    I figured I’d help Logical out

  14. I watched the second half of the SC / WI game today and while one game isn’t a career I was not impressed.

    Clowney never hustled on a play away from him or chased much after a ball carrier got by him. I could be wrong but I didn’t even see him on the field for the last few plays of the game. What the hell is up with that? The game wasn’t over.

  15. JJ Watt would be a great influence on this kid and Texans already solid D would take a huge amount of pressure off of him to be all world and open up opportunities to make plays because he wouldn’t be the one decent D player on the team.
    As badly as Houston needs a QB, don;t think there is anyone good enough to be #1 overall

  16. This guys is so overrated that it’s clear many have no idea how to use Tivo. Watch the guy on film and he’s slow, doesn’t play with much ferocity and is terribly out of shape. Another Mike Mamula-type player.

  17. He’ll be tossed aside like yesterdays news by the premier left tackles in the NFL. He played DE at roughly 250 lbs.

    He was a good player in the NCAA who had one of the best highlight tackles in history. I’ll give him that.

    He’ll turn into a hybrid LB/DE on pass rush plays in the NFL because he doesn’t have have the weight to be an every down DL in the NFL.

  18. With the second pick in the draft, the Washington Redskins select…oh wait, that’s right, never mind. The Rams are now in the clock.

  19. Every year there is a player that brings out the haters and this year it seems Clowney is that player. A few years ago it was Cam who the haters claimed would be a bust before he even stepped foot on the field, the it was RG3, and so on. Not sure what type of joy people derive from their hate. Both Cam and RG3 have shown they can be succesul in the NFL. Both experienced highs and lows with Cam at a high presently and RG3 at a low. I have little doubt Clowney will be able to contribute at a high level at the next level base on his physical gifts and his peak level of play in college even with him taking plays off. If he fails it will be because of attitude and not ability.

  20. 6thsense10 says:
    Jan 1, 2014 6:31 PM
    Every year there is a player that brings out the haters and this year it seems Clowney is that player. A few years ago it was Cam who the haters claimed would be a bust before he even stepped foot on the field, the it was RG3, and so on. Not sure what type of joy people derive from their hate. Both Cam and RG3 have shown they can be succesul in the NFL. Both experienced highs and lows with Cam at a high presently and RG3 at a low. I have little doubt Clowney will be able to contribute at a high level at the next level base on his physical gifts and his peak level of play in college even with him taking plays off. If he fails it will be because of attitude and not ability.
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    Honestly, no one really knows. 1st rounders tank all the time while 5th-6th rounders pop up to be Pro Bowl, All Pro’s and HOF’s. Some free agents have had 10+ years in the NFL while 1st round guys are out of the NFL within 2 – 4 years.

    Success in college doesn’t mean success in the NFL. You’d figure it would for the most part, but it doesn’t.

  21. The Buffalo Bills will trade spots with St. Louis with their 1st and third/fifth round picks and pair Clowney up with Mario Williams. Which will give the Bills the most formidable defensive line in the NFL. With Clowney and Williams rotating back and forth from LE to RE and Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus doing the same in the middle, It will give Kiko Alonso, Manny Lawson and Bradham opportunity to flourish at their positions, while causing the opposing QB to hurry and make mistakes throwing the ball near McKelvin, Robey, Williams and Byrd.(If he’s resigned like the Bills want)

    Next season is the one that we’ll finally see Buffalo back in the Playoffs.

  22. 4 months is a long time…….So much changes between the end of the college season and the actual draft. Almost never close to what is expected this far out from the draft. I suspect this year will be no different.

  23. “The Rams own the second overall pick, but St. Louis has two good young defensive ends in Robert Quinn and Chris Long, so the Rams likely wouldn’t draft Clowney.”

    I beg to differ. Using the Giants as an example, Strahan, Tuck, & Osi got them a Super Bowl and made Spagnuolo a very rich man for rushing 3 and dropping 8 in coverage vs Tom Brady. A couple years later Tuck, Osi, and JPP got the giants a second Super Bowl. This year, the panthers look awesome on defense because of that fearsome pass rush. It masks their patchwork secondary, much lol

    My point – you can never have enough good pass rushers in this league. With the nfl trending to ultra pass happy offenses, the second most important position is probably defensive end. The rams will have three elite options making them a nightmare for anyone who plays them.

  24. @edshrinker

    Not even in the same ballpark, Clowney has been highly touted and was the #1 prospect out of high school.

    For QBs it’s a different criteria, JC at 6-5, 275 is a pass rusher with elite skill and athletic abilility that CAN play the run. Offenses game plan for him–that’s an impact player and it won’t be any different in the pros.

  25. So he’s a plummeting pick? Good! Hopefully he can plummet to where the Seahawks pick in April, just as Kiwanuka fell to the Giants in 2006.

  26. Top 10 for sure, coulb be top 5. Could be great could be a huge bust. When you watch old tape he was a man against boys, Took SEC players 2 years to figure him out. NFL linemen are no joke, he may get rolled.

  27. Seriously though, can you imagine how scary a pass rushing tandem of him and Watt, or him and Quinn would be? A lot of his alleged laziness this year was inability or unwillingness to fight through double and triple teams. Wouldn’t be the case if he went to the Rams or Texans.

  28. He was double, triple, and at times, quadruple teamed all year, opening it up for his teammates to make the plays. You have to take this guy if he’s available

  29. Sorry, but any college player who takes a year off for fear of getting hurt is bound to be a professional player in the mold of Albert Haynesworth. Get paid, get lazy. If I were a GM, I’d want nothing to do with him. Any college players who look toward the draft and take what amounts to an entire season off is not the guy I’d draft. Add some of his character concerns, his off field antics and some of his ‘friends’, and I think he is untouchable.

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