Dee Ford: Jadeveon Clowney “plays like a blind dog in a meat market”

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In an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio on Sunday, Auburn defensive end Dee Ford was asked if he was better than South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.

As would be expected, Ford answered in the affirmative.

“I’m better. I’m better,” Ford said.

Then, as he expanded on his answer, Ford offered something of a critique of Clowney, who had just three sacks in 2013 but is widely regarded as of the top prospects in the 2014 NFL Draft.

“People are just looking at the fact that he’s a physical specimen,” Ford said. “It really don’t matter. Honestly, if you watch the film, you know, it’s kind of like, he plays like a blind dog in a meat market, basically.

“I play with a lot of technique. I watch a lot of film. These are the things that make you a great player, and these are the things that I do, and it shows up, know what I’m saying?

“This is all my opinion, you know what I’m saying? And you can see these things. You can see these things on film. Go watch the film. You know, it’s a lot of intangibles that you need to have to be a great player. You can’t just look at the fact that he’s a physical specimen. I think the NFL should have learned by that by now.”

Ford certainly was the more productive player in 2013, notching 12.5 sacks for Auburn. Per NFL.com, he measures at 6-foot-2 and 252 pounds, but Ford, in his interview with SiriusXM, noted that Elvis Dumervil, Robert Mathis and Von Miller are all successful pass rushers of somewhat shorter stature.

Nevertheless, Clowney — who’s three inches taller and 14 pounds heavier than Ford, per NFL.com — is very likely to be drafted earlier than Ford in May. Clowney’s sheer skill set makes it just about a cinch.

In some ways, Ford’s confidence and willingness to talk about his strengths is understandable. If he’s not going to talk himself up, who will? Also, by talking about Clowney — one of the draft’s marquee prospects — he indirectly draws some attention to his cause.

Anyways, it just so happens that linebackers and defensive ends work out Monday at the Combine, and anything Ford does at Lucas Oil Stadium will mean more to his draft stock than anything he says.

Clowney? His draft stock is pretty solid.

After all, Ford’s not the one doing the drafting.

40 responses to “Dee Ford: Jadeveon Clowney “plays like a blind dog in a meat market”

  1. I’d rather take an under sized and less talented player who loves the game and doesn’t take plays off, rather then taking a large player who can be great if he wants to, but takes plays of all the time and doesn’t seem to interested in the game of football.

  2. What Ford is forgetting is that you can coach Clowney up on technique. You can’t coach Ford to have the physical gifts that Clowney has. The only question is whether Clowney has the work ethic and desire to learn and be the best.

  3. I don’t think that Dee is going to move up on anyone’s draft board by running his mouth.

    There are a whole lot more 6’5″ / 265 lbs DEs that are elite than 6’2″ / 250 lbs. Also, Clowney still has room to fill out a bit more to 280 or so. Dee’s frame is full already.

    Dee projects more towards a OLB. He will get manhandled by NFL OTs in the run game.

  4. It’s almost like Clowney has intentionally tried to tank his stock on purpose to slip down to the Falcons. He Basically decided to take the year off statistically speaking, he gets arrested often, but not for anything too serious, his interviews make him sound like Forrest Gump on serious drugs, and he basically tanks his combine workout by only putting 225 up 21 times today… So either he is really dedicated to playing for the Falcons and there is an understanding in place or he really just has bust written all over him. Ford does seem like the safer bet, but Clowney could really dominate since he does have the physical gifts.

  5. The only question about Clowney is if he actually wants to go out and compete. This guy could’ve been drafted coming out High School for crying out loud, but it’s a concern when your former college coach says his work ethic is “okay.” Okay doesn’t cut it in the NFL…

    Like Mayock, you’re just safer picking someone like Mack over Clowney.

  6. You may be able to teach Clowney technique but college coaches do that too. Clowney has shown he’s only going to do what HE wants to do and is only willing to learn what HE feels he needs to learn.

    Can you imagine what his contract years are going to be like? That 2nd contract is gonna suck because all year he’s going to be playing not to get hurt. He’s gonna give you back up effort and expect MVP pay.

    Dude’s right – technique is MUCH more important in a league where the talent gap isn’t NEARLY as large as what JC experienced in college. Most of the time JC was simply a better athlete than the guy across from him (and he still only had 3 sacks). In the NFL that simply will not happen week in and out and guys with technique will take him to school all season.

  7. I’ve never seen a college players head coach come out in the media before the NFL draft and question his work ethic and say he wasn’t the hardest worker… EVER.
    Steve Spurier did that a few weeks back. I don’t care what his stats are and how good a combine Clowney has. I wouldn’t touch him and his drama.
    Let the bottom dwellers take him and deal with him.

  8. Jadeveon Clowney just licked his chops and burped when he heard that.

    Pressed for comment he said that Dee Ford “plays like a legless side of beef fleeing a pack of hungry dogs”. In a fenced enclosure.

  9. 3 sacks and lazy. How in the world is this guy predicted in the first round (frankly to be drafted at all), let alone number 1 overall. I just don’t get it.

  10. Ford’s a good player, but he’s not even in the same conversation as Clowney. Clowney will be the next great defensive line talent in the same mold of a Bruce Smith or Reggie White. That’s on his tape as well, and Ford should know that.

  11. Dri Archer is 5’8″ 173 lbs. and put up one less rep (20) in the bench press than Clowney who is 6’5″ 266 lbs.

    He also ran a 4.26 40-yard dash, had a 38″ vertical, and a 122 inch broad jump! Wow! What an athlete!

  12. Ford is the totally average-looking girl trying to convince guys at school she’s a better get than the smokin’-hot chick because of her brains and personality.

    The guys will consider it for about 3 seconds, only to go back to lusting for and chasing the hot chick.

    Regardless of how savvy his 252-lb a** is, the allure of a physical specimen like Clowney will just blind teams; and Rex-Ryan-like folks will convince themselges they can fix the mental/work-ethic issues

  13. His comments are true, but I think he should have kept it to him himself though. You cant coach talent, but you also can’t measure desire, heart, or determination. If you could there would be no late round draft steals (IE: Brady, Sherman, Wilson) Wilson was a 3rd rounder, but you get my point..

  14. Never know… lazy Clowney may be more like lazy Randy Moss than lazy Haynesworth…

    I don’t think a) you wanna put a top 5pick’s marbles in that bag, or b) that the teams picking there would necessarily pass on QB’s anyway but someone in the 6-15 range is gonna get a monster for a season or two at least. Cuz one of the time he will “want to” play hard will be after he loses all that money.

    And, literally, the other things spurrier said in that take are just as true. Something no one else has when the ball is snapped, and 3 guys blocing him every play last season. SEC guys.

  15. Clowney was double and sometimes triple teamed. Offenses designed their entire approach to avoiding him.

    Anyone who thinks he’s going to bust is likely related to Mel Kiper.

    Ford looks like a solid player, too, but he’s undersized. And personally I’m not impressed with someone who tries to make himself seem better by making others seem worse.

  16. Ford can make it as a GM…he already shows more understanding than the fools who are salivating at the dog that is Clowney….

  17. Clowney reminds me of LaVar Arrington, the Penn State player, of several years ago who also had a leap over the center to make a tackle moment in college, just like Clowney.Arrington was also a physical specimen, but he had a middling seven year NFL career: one year with 11 sacks, but not close to double figures any other year. I always thought he would dominate in the pros ,but he didn’t. Just goes to show that all the physical talent in the world doesn’t matter if you don’t have the heart and dedication to be as good as you possibly can.

  18. Oh yea, because Lavarr Arrington was also 6th in the Heisman voting? Didn’t think so. And please, come at me and try to say he only made it that high because of the hit against Michigan. PLEASE.

  19. Skill set? Clowney had 2 sacks his last yr in college. How good will he be against pro linemen? He took last yr off cause he read his hype and didn’t want to be injured,,,poor baby..

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