Aaron Murray raves about Jadeveon Clowney

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Former Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray spent half a decade in the SEC, which in many ways is the closest thing to an NFL minor league.  Asked during a Tuesday appearance on NBCSN’s Pro Football Talk to identify the best player he has faced in the conference, Murray didn’t hesitate.

“Clowney, no doubt about it,” Murray said.  “He’s a special player, a player you really have to game plan against. . . .  He’ll really make you change things up, to be able to get two guys on him at all times, and being able to run away from him.”

Widely regarded as one of the best defensive prospects ever, Clowney has been dogged by concerns that he dogged it in 2013.  The more we (or at least I) think about it, the more convinced we (or at least I) am that Clowney heard the chatter that he should sit out the season to avoid serious injury, and so he consequently began to worry about suffering a serious injury.  Which in turn impacted the perception of his performance.

Once Clowney gets his first NFL contract, he won’t have that concern.  And he’ll potentially be the force of nature he was in 2012.  And anyone who passes on him a month from tonight may regret it.

Quickly.  And repeatedly.

29 responses to “Aaron Murray raves about Jadeveon Clowney

  1. Clowney still probably haunts his dreams. What else are you going to say about the leader of a defense that held you to 109 yards and no touchdowns?

    Murray has great stats and is a good QB, but dude doesn’t win anything.

  2. I hope he is everything that everybody has made him out to be…or at least very good, because the hype surrounding him could set him up to be one of the biggest busts of all time.

  3. Well fortunately for 31 teams they won’t get the chance to pass on him and have to worry about future regret when the Texans draft him.

    Of course that doesn’t mean they can’t trade up for him and have to live with the regret of not making that trade if they don’t try to pry that pick away.

    Any team in the NFL can draft Clowney, all you have to do is take the Dan Snyder approach and say you’re all in, here’s all my chips so take what you need and let me know if I have any change left.

  4. Personally I think the Texans are fools if they don’t take him. The top 3 QB’s arent that much better than the guys going in round 2.

  5. The guy watched his teammate, who was probably a top 10 overall pick, fall to the 4th round after blowing out both his knees. I’m sure that impacted his play on the field.

  6. His first contract will be rookie valued. It’ll take a few years before he has an opportunity for a contract year. Owners now efficiently avoid having to pay through the nose for prospects.

  7. Remember when Reggie Bush was supposed to take the NFL by storm and be the next Gayle Sayers? That’s what all this Clowney hype reminds me of

  8. First contract won’t get him what he really wants. So there’s a legitimate concern that he’ll play scared toward the end of his rookie deal so he’ll land his really big deal.

  9. Is there any chance that opponents game-planned for Clowney more last season than before? Disruptive players draw attention. OCs lose sleep thinking of ways to neutralize them, or at least slow them down.

  10. People fail to realize the effect that the Lattimore injury had on his psyche…he watched a teammate lose probably 15 million dollars due to an injury so im pretty sure that weighed on him heavy also Devin Taylor was a pretty good DE on the other side in 2012

  11. Texans best bet is to draft clowney, and then this guy Murray later. Murray gonna be a good pro with pro weapons around him, methinks.

  12. I remember all those pundits touting Reggie Bush, and Jamarcus and Tim Couch and Lawrence Phillips and David Carr and Ryan Leaf. Shall I go on? Lets face it, the draft is such a crap shoot. The proverbial box of chocolates…

  13. “Once Clowney gets his first NFL contract, he won’t have that concern”

    Yeah, people keep saying that, but last I heard, injuries happen at the NFL level too, and it could cost him money still, say if he tears an ACL in his contract year.

    Clowney won’t have people telling him he can sit out and still cash in this time.

  14. The rookie deal will not bring him the “relief” that he needs to go full-throttle. Afterall, just look where Mario Williams and Julius Peppers went with their big money contracts…they didn’t stay!

  15. Mario Williams was supposed to be great. He wasn’t. There are no guarantees. I think Manziel was the most dynamic college QB in a long time, he’s a winner and he has all the skills. He’s got all the tools to be great and he’s done everything asked of him. He’s just a bit too small. So was Drew Brees. I think a team like Houston needs him. They need to trade down.

  16. Texans draft him at #1..You take your shot putting him on the D Line with Watt. If it fails you atleast took a shot at trying to have one of the better D lines in NFL history.

    They can easily get a QB with the first pick of round 2..or trade back into the first round if the guy they like is still on the board in the mid 20’s.

  17. Kids got HOF talent at a premium position and has shown he can dominate against the top competition in the NCAA.

    You can take a Blake Bortles every year. You get a Clowney once every 15 years. There is no debate…

  18. Murray is simply the all-time greatest sec passer. One tipped pass prevented him from going to the bcs title game. Hope he becomes the next Stafford or Brees. Don’t blame the kid for mediocre coaching.

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