- A physical specimen with a rare size-speed combination (NFL.com)
- One of the most exciting defensive players to enter the NFL draft in recent memory (YahooSports.com)
- A lock for the top pick (FoxSports.com)
If you listen to this it seems the Houston Texans just selected the best overall player available in the 2014 NFL Draft. But, according to others the surrounding questions regarding his work ethic could make the Texans regret selecting Jadeveon Clowney.
Questions regarding Clowney’s work ethic have bothered him since the start of the 2013 season.
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier was asked about Clowney’s work ethic. He called it just “OK.” Spurrier said other recent Gamecocks, like Marcus Lattimore, were harder workers. Shouldn’t that be a signal or is it OK to overlook something like this?
According to Yahoo Sports, “it was remarkable how good Clowney is considering “he hasn’t been coached.” In other words: just wait until he gets some fundamental training at the next level. Auburn’s Dee Ford put it more bluntly when he said Clowney was “like a blind dog in a meat market. So what happens when the “blind dog” is given NFL coaching? And why hasn’t any prior coaching showed up in an obvious way?”
It’s hard to say if Jadeveon Clowney will live up to this immense pressure and high expectations but in today’s world even the greats have their doubters.