Jadeveon Clowney has been the most scrutinized prospect in this year’s NFL draft for a full year now, as soon as we turned the page on the 2013 draft and started looking ahead at the 2014 draft. Much scrutiny has come from Mike Mayock, the NFL Network draft analyst who said he’d take Khalil Mack over Clowney if he had the first overall pick.
But Mayock isn’t saying Clowney lacks talent. In fact, Mayock thinks Clowney is among the most talented football players he’s ever seen.
“He’s the most talented player in the draft,” Mayock told the Philadelphia Daily News. “A physical freak. The only downside to him is whether or not he’s motivated to be the best every week.”
Mayock said he doesn’t think Clowney is a bad person, but he does think Clowney sometimes looks on tape like he lacks effort.
“Every time he’s been motivated, he had a great game. I just think he has to get in a good defensive line room at the next level. Get mentored by the right people. If he wants to be the best player on the planet, he will be,” Mayock said.
The biggest question facing the Texans with the first overall pick is how badly Clowney wants it.