Falcons schedule biomechanical test, aptitude test with Clowney


We have a little more information about the Falcons’ trip to South Carolina on Friday to see star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.

A league source tells PFT that the Falcons are going to see Clowney tomorrow, and they will give him a biomechanical assessment test and an aptitude test. There will be no on-field drills of any kind.

That assessment with the Falcons is what Clowney’s agent, Bus Cook, was talking about when he said Clowney “may do one more thing, for one team, maybe a five-minute workout.”

Clowney was also in Atlanta for a visit yesterday, but it’s important to remember that when a player visits a team, that’s just a visit to meet coaches or team officials, not a workout. Clowney isn’t doing any full-fledged workouts, just the brief test for the Falcons tomorrow.

54 responses to “Falcons schedule biomechanical test, aptitude test with Clowney

  1. As a fan of an opposing nfcs team I pray that Atlanta does this. They are one of the weakest teams in the NFL and one reason being a trade of epic proportions a few years ago. It’s no coincidence that they have the 6th pick in the draft. But by all means. Give up more picks. Maybe clowney can play all 5 oline positions as well. Rip matt ryan.

  2. I have to say props to Falcons GM and ownership for being willing to take a chance like this.

    Sure he could always be a total bust. But the fact is the Falcons are willing to take a chance on a move that could put them over the top rather than just stay a contender.

    In the NFC South staying the same just isn’t good enough and for a team that went backwards at least they’re trying to go all out to right the ship.

  3. What the eff is a biomechanical assessment?

    How I long for the days when people called things for what they were.

  4. Biomechanics: The muscular, joint & skeletal actions of the body during the execution of a given task, skill and or technique.

  5. Deacon Jones and Reggie White would have failed. This is getting stupid. Look at the film! Should they check his biorhythms and horoscope too?

  6. Is aptitude test a euphemism for “IQ Test” perhaps? Maybe they want him to answer the following question: Prior to entering the draft after only two years of NCAA football after your last year in high school, you SHOULD A) participate half-heartedly in your third year, both in practice and actual games B) declare that you are “using The NFL as a stepping stone” during an interview at the combine or C) find a personal tutor connected to a first class football training facility to hone your skills and avoid injuring your freakish body for an entire year BEFORE the draft, paying for that year with a minor portion of your rookie contract earned by being the first pick in the NFL Draft. As this is the ONLY question on the “aptitude test” the results will be immediately accessible, insightful and accurate within three IQ points.

  7. So the Falcons want to see if all his body parts work? I think its pretty obvious his muscles, bones and joints are just fine. The head and heart, on the other hand…

  8. I certainly won’t stop the Falcons from mortgaging their future on someone with a questionable work ethic. Buyer beware.

  9. Aptitude tests are usually meant to see what you have an “aptitude” for. We already know that he’s going to play football. What other “aptitude” are they going to test for.
    Also in the real work world we call these “dummy tests”. Basically to see if you can spell your own name correctly.

  10. Per Wikipedia: “Biomechanics in sports, can be stated as the muscular, joint and skeletal actions of the body during the execution of a given task, skill and/or technique.”

    Hope that clears it up…

    Ok, it didn’t for me either.

  11. Biomechanical assessment:
    Biomechanics is the study of the movement of the bones and muscles and how they affect our walking, running and standing posture. The assessment can be complemented by state-of-the art high speed video gait analysis, which involves filming the whole of the body in slow motion from the front, side and back.

    It’s called Google!

    So has he had problems with his feet, joints, or back in the past?

  12. They’re still trying to cash in on the Julio Jones deal and now after giving Ryan a 100m they want to go all in on another draft day trade? If they don’t win a SB after doing this,they’re screwed!

  13. Clowney played with an injury last year. The biomechanical test will examine how his body responds during certain activities to predetermine if he is an injury risk in the future. Its like examining a pitcher’s delivery. .some deliveries make a pitcher predisposed for elbow or shoulder injuries.

  14. If teams with high draft picks didn’t have to pay such exorbitant salaries to unproven players at the professional level, maybe they wouldn’t resort to these silly and pointless tests, they would rely only on film.

    Film doesn’t lie, right?

    That should be enough to determine if the dude can play football or not.

  15. I think a biomechanical test is to determine his ability so stink it up in the playoffs to assure he will fit in in Atlanta. Matt Ryan administers the test.

  16. Dimitrov only knows how to trade up. If this happens (trading to #1 overall for Clowney) it’ll be more proof that he doesn’t understand how to draft quality players in the middle and late rounds. GMs who continually trade up are essentially admitting that they don’t have any confidence in their scouting beyond round one.

    Atlanta’s offensive AND defensive lines stink. How is one player going to fix both? I think the Falcons will go 8-8 and the coach will get fired. But the GM should get the blame based on the low level of talent in the trenches.

  17. Falcons got old, really fast. They need to trade back not up.
    That Juilo Jones trade worked for one year. Then the fell apart.
    Surprised they didnt trade Roddy White for extra picks this year.

  18. Im sure this is somewhat of a physical with added approach of determining a players instintcs. Obviously the Falcons are really thinking he could fall or they trade up.

  19. A Biomechanical Assessment involves a complex evaluation of the feet, legs and body position whilst weight-bearing and non weight-bearing.

    The biomechanical examination is a critical part of the evaluation for functional foot orthotics. Assessment includes evaluation of:

    Muscle strength, range-of-motion at important joints, and the angular relationships of the segments of the foot and leg.

  20. Is this one of those tests where they give him $5 in quarters and tell him to get a teddy bear out of one of those claw machines?

  21. Really hoping this is a smoke screen. For one, this team seriously lacks depth so giving up additional picks is silly. For two, if Clowney does have problems with his work ethic, I don’t really think there’s anybody on the Falcons D to hold him accountable. For three, if he’s a full-out bust, well… The window just closed.

  22. The biomechanical assessment test is for getting his athletic movements accurate and realistic for Madden 2015.

  23. Morris Claiborne and Vince Young would have failed these tests before even walking through the front door.

  24. Smokescreen. Falcons are in win-now mode & Dimitroff has said that he never factors rookies into the equation for winning. They’ll sit tight and grab a 10-year tackle who’ll be a rookie, but a starter that doesn’t hurt the team.

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