Clowney aiming for a 4.4-second 40-yard dash at the Combine


Former South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is planning to put on a show at the Scouting Combine.

Clowney told Yahoo Sports that he thinks he can run the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds, which is a good time for anyone, but a stunningly good time for a defensive lineman who was listed at 274 pounds in college.

I hope to run a 4.4 right now,” Clowney said. “That’s my goal. On hand times, I’ve been running 4.4s. I hope I can get a 4.4 at the combine. A 4.5, I’m not too worried about.”

At last year’s Combine, the fastest time for a defensive lineman was 4.60 seconds. Clowney scoffed at that time.

“I ain’t going to run a 4.6,” Clowney said. “I’m probably going to run low 4.5, 4.4.”

That may be enough to solidify Clowney’s status as the first non-quarterback drafted.