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DE Jadeveon Clowney – Scouting Report

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Name:  Jadeveon Clowney

School / Player Number:  South Carolina, #7

Position:  DE

Ht:  6’5

Wt:  266lbs

Position Rank – 1

Overall Rank – 1

Daily Football Report Grade – 1st Round

NFL Projected Round – 1st Round

NFL Projection – Solid Starter

High School Career

Without question Jadeveon Clowney was the #1 overall player coming out of the prep ranks at South Pointe High School in Rock Hill, SC.  Named Defensive Player of the Year by USA Today and was also selected as “Mr. Football” in the state of South Carolina following a stellar senior season that saw him total 162 tackles, 29 for loss, 29.5 sacks, 11 forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries.  Enjoyed tremendous success as a prep star leading Rock Hill to the state title in 2008.  Named Parade All-American and was the consensus #1 prospect according to just about every national scouting service including but not limited to Rivals, Scout, ESPNU and PrepStar.  Participated in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and the Under Armour All-American game upon conclusion of his high school career.  He wad also a member of his high school basketball team.  Clowney had his choice of any school in the country but chose to stay close to home selecting the Gamecocks over Alabama, LSU and Clemson.

Collegiate Career

2011 Freshman Season – Saw immediate action as a true freshman in 2011 earning SEC Freshman of the Year honors after totaling 36 tackles, 12 for loss and eight sacks.  He also recorded six quarterback hurries, two interceptions and four pass defenses.  Clowney was an immediate impact player on a defense that also featured future NFL first round draft picks, Melvin Ingram and Stephon Gilmore. Despite being a true freshman Jadeveon was able to step right in and show he belonged among the best in the SEC. 

2012 Sophomore Season – Started 12 of 13 games for the Gamecocks taking on a leadership role from the outset.  Recorded 54 tackles including a whopping 23.5 for loss with 13 sacks and five quarterback hurries.  Also forced three fumbles including the highly publicized hit on Vincent Smith versus Michigan. Finished 6th in the Heisman Trophy balloting.  Earned All-Americanhonors and was selected as the Hendricks Award winner as the nations most outstanding defensive end.  Finalist for Nagurski, Lombardi and Bednarik Awards.

2013 Junior Season – Did not enjoy the type of season many expected though he was a targeted player on every down in each game.  Missed two games due to injury but did start 11 contests finishing with 40 tackles, 11.5 for loss and three sacks.  Totaled nine quarterback hurries and four pass breakups as well.  Elected to forego his final year of eligibility and enter the 2014 NFL Draft.

Skill Set Scouting Report

Description Analysis
Size/Speed: Ideal length for a 4-3 DE; Long arms, big hands and outstanding athleticism; Good height w/tremendous length and wingspan; Moves well laterally and has tremendous speed for position and size.
Athletic Ability: One of the top athletes in this draft; “Freak” athleticism for his size; Size, speed, movement, agility, etc.
Read & React/Instincts: Very instinctive player, reads play and reacts quickly; Anticipates snap very well; Has very good instincts and moves down the LOS quickly and w/purpose; Rarely fooled by misdirection or reverses.
Playing Strength/Toughness: Good, not great playing strength; Can be over powered by stronger OL; Does not consistently hold POA vs run; Some questioned toughness and desire this past season; Will need to improve upper body strength.
Pass Rush: Explosive first step; Able to consistently get around the edge and generate pressure; Lowers his shoulder, sink hips around the edge enabling him to beat slow footed OL; Relies heavily upon his speed off the edge.
Run Defense: Struggles to take on blockers head on; Rarely gets fooled by misdirection but can have difficulty when ball is run directly at him; Doesn’t show much explosion into blocker; Much better in pursuit.
Quickness/Agility: Very quick off snap; Consistently beats his man; Good COD ability, very fluid athlete; Moves laterally well.
Pursuit/Closing Ability: Excels; Makes up ground quickly due to speed & length; Closes quickly w/tremendous burst on QB.
Tackling: Very solid tackler that wraps up well in space; Takes good angles to the ball carrier once he gets his hands on ball carrier very few will break free; At his best in space utilizing his pursuit and explosive burst.
Shed Blockers: Struggles disengaging vs larger OL; POA struggles; Doesnt take on blockers w/aggression consistently.
Durability: Missed two games in 2013 due to foot and rib injuries; Has battled foot injury since high school; Has proven to be durable throughout career though.
2014 Combine

40 yd dash

Arm Length

Vertical jump

Broad jump

4.53

34 ½’’

37 ½’’

10’4

Short Shuttle

Hand Size

Bench press

Three-cone

DNP

10’’

21

7.27

2014 Pro Day

40 yd dash

10 yd dash

Vertical jump

Broad jump

4/2/14

Short Shuttle

20 yd dash

Bench press

Three-cone


Summary:

Jadeveon Clowney was the top high school player in the country when he entered the collegiate ranks and three years later he leaves the college game as the top player in the country yet again.  Despite a somewhat disappointing final campaign in Columbia, Clowney is the #1 prospect in the 2014 NFL Draft and there is no question about it.  Clowney has “freakish” athleticism, has been a highly productive player the past three years and has an upside few can match.  Are there questions about his work ethic?  Possibly and he did not get a rave review in this area from Steve Spurrier his collegiate coach.  However, the film does not lie and his performance has been at a very high level in the SEC the past three years.  Battled injuries in 2013, specifically a foot injury that has lingered since his prep days, and he also was a targeted player that was double teamed often.  Does he have an elite motor?  No he does not.  Despite the questions the thought of passing up such an elite talent is even more frightening.  He is ideally suited to a 3-4 stand up rush linebacker in my opinion but projects nicely to a 4-3 rush end as well.  Athletes such as Clowney are rare and you don’t pass them up when given the opportunity to add them to your roster.