University of South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney made his case as the number one pick in the upcoming NFL Draft by posting a 4.53 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. The defensive end posted the fastest 40 time among other players of his position at Monday’s combine and was also the top performer in the vertical jump and broad jump.
Clowney’s unofficial times for the 40-yard dash were clocked at 4.47 and 4.48, though an official adjustment slowed him down to 4.53 after review. Clowney stated in a press conference on Saturday that he was capable of running the 40 in the 4.4-second range and wasn’t far off. Although Clowney failed to make his projection by four tenths of a second, a 4.53 40-yard dash is an exceedingly fast time for a defensive end standing at 6 feet 5 inches tall and weighing 266 lbs.
With a 37.5-inch vertical jump, Jadeveon Clowney is one of the best physical specimens in the defensive end class of the 2014 NFL Draft. Clowney has the size, speed, agility and overall athletic prowess defensive coordinators of the NFL drool over. With the top pick in the draft, the Houston Texans are widely speculated to have their sights set on Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel; they’ll surely consider Clowney as their choice after an impressive combine he’s had.
The first round of the 2014 NFL Draft will commence on May 8. The temptation of Johnny Manziel may prove to be all too enticing for the Texans to pass up, but they can’t go wrong with a top pass rusher. If the Texans pass, Clowney won’t remain on the board long.