Jadeveon Clowney’s pro day workout didn’t really tell us anything we didn’t know.
But he wanted to prove the thing people have questioned.
“I think I showed them I’m a fighter,” Clowney told the NFL Network’s Mike Mayock after his workout. “That I can push through anything.”
He did just that Wednesday.
We knew the guy is a phenomenal athlete who can rush the passer, capable of delivering a large amount of mass at great velocity.
The drills he performed, which included leaping over a pile of pads and picking tennis balls up off the ground only underlined that.
But coaches on the field put him through an array of drills to push him physically, and had him drop a bit at the end (for those who wanted to see what he’d be like as a stand-up player as opposed to coming out of a stance).
“They were trying to get after me today,” he said. “I expected to get pushed hard.”
At this point, any physical critique of Clowney is a nitpick, so questioning his work ethic is the only kind of thing left. Those questions seem smaller and smaller the more performances like today’s which Clowney turns in.