Name: Jadeveon Clowney
Height: 6ft 6in
College: South Carolina
2014 NFL Combine: 4.53 40 time
21 Reps with 225lbs. on Bench Press
College Stats: (3 Years) 130 total Tackles, 47 Tackles for Loss, 24.0 Sacks, 7 Pass Deflections, 1 Fumble Recovery, 9 Forced Fumbles
*Set Single Season School Record For Most Sacks (13.0) in 2012
Without question, South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney is one of this years top prospects for the 2014 NFL Draft. Perhaps the play the put Clowney on the radar of the entire nation came in the 2013 Outback Bowl versus Michigan. Clowney exploded into the Wolverines backfield laying out Running Back Vincent Smith, forcing a fumble which he recovered and in the process knocked of Smith's helmet!
Clowney displays tremendous speed for a player his size (6ft 6in). He ran a 4.54 40 time while weighing 274 lbs. in 2013 Spring Practice. An improvement from the year before when he ran it in 4.58 when he weighed less! (257 lbs.) (1.)
To showcase just how fast and explosive he is at the snap of the ball, I found one GIF, then made several of my own to state my case! Personally I have never seen a player get in the backfield as quick as Clowney does! He perfects the "Swim Move" Technique and his great agility to escape double team!
Notice how his quickness off the ball does not allow offensive lineman a chance to get set and make a block! Result, Clowney meets ball carrier in backfield!
As evident of the previous GIF's displayed, and mentioned beforehand, Clowney has such amazing strength as he easily beats blockers to bring down ball carriers for a loss in the backfield! (2.) His reported 350+lbs. Power Clean attests for explosiveness and strength as well! His use of hands and feet are flawless, and his athleticism allows him to also stand out! Clowney is the complete package and has all the tools to be a star defensive end in the NFL! The only downside for him is having all of this hype surround him (rightfully and understandably so) are the huge expectations that come with it!
Sources: (1.) http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/story/22278381/freaks-list-the-20-craziest-athletes-in-college-football
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