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Mayock: Clowney can be the best player in the NFL, if he wants it

Jadeveon Clowney

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.

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16 Responses to “Mayock: Clowney can be the best player in the NFL, if he wants it”
  1. tiger2471 says: Apr 23, 2014 1:36 PM

    Man, every year these guys make predictions and every year they turn out to be wrong, enough talking, prove it!

  2. daburgher says: Apr 23, 2014 1:37 PM

    ugh… no more draft talk please.. totally not going to go down how everyone thinks it will

  3. redandgoldhitman52 says: Apr 23, 2014 1:40 PM

    with a comment like that, its clear mayock has a concussion.

  4. ridingwithnohandlebars says: Apr 23, 2014 1:40 PM

    I would take him because he is going to have something to prove with all of these naysayers.

  5. Remember Brian Brohm says: Apr 23, 2014 1:41 PM

    “Every time he’s been motivated, he had a great game.”

    How does he know if the guy was motivated or not? I think he’s assuming he was motivated because he had a great game.

  6. puppybowler says: Apr 23, 2014 1:44 PM

    Merril Hoge is flabergasted

  7. opinevain says: Apr 23, 2014 1:48 PM

    Yea, these prognostications are sickening and terrible.

  8. golforepar says: Apr 23, 2014 1:52 PM

    Clowney will start his lack of interest after his big pay day!

  9. smackingfools says: Apr 23, 2014 1:56 PM

    If he didn’t play hard when he wasn’t getting paid, he definitely won’t after.

  10. thestrategyexpert says: Apr 23, 2014 2:05 PM

    The Texans should take the Marty McFly approach and just ask him.

  11. chinahand11 says: Apr 23, 2014 2:06 PM

    I wish they hadn’t postponed the draft. A couple of extra weeks to read and hear draft “experts” expound. I’ve already had enough.

  12. warhammer420 says: Apr 23, 2014 2:14 PM

    Can we slow this hype train down a little? Seems a bit premature to crown this guy when he hasn’t played a single down in the NFL. Yes, he has a lot of potential. But so did countless others before him who ended up being busts.

  13. bworacle says: Apr 23, 2014 2:18 PM

    Biggest draft mistakes are made when teams think they can change somebody after they draft them.

  14. chargerdillon says: Apr 23, 2014 2:20 PM

    The difference between speculation and truth is like the difference between JaMarcus Russell and Peyton Manning.

  15. jimmysee says: Apr 23, 2014 2:30 PM

    We heard this a few years back about Suh.

    And Detroit fell for it.

  16. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Apr 23, 2014 5:29 PM

    I have to agree. He will be a beast at times and blow up the offense but I believe he will be the type to take plays off and after signing a big contract, put it in cruise control.

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