Early Jadeveon Clowney Scouting Report
Jadeveon Clowney – DE 6’6 265lbs Age 20
Scale 1 – 10 (undraftable, 10 elite)
Measurables – 9
Clowney has a freakish blend of size, length, bulk and speed. At 6’6 he has the body length and long arms to be the first to initiate contact with the OT. At nearly 270lbs he has the base power to walk offensive linemen backwards and rumoured to run in the 4.5s his athleticism is absolutely off the charts.
Motor – 9
Like most big men Clowney can wear down at times, however he gives it his all on every snap. His ability to fight through constant double and triple teams comes through sheer effort at times. He also makes a lot of plays in pursuit.
Production – 10
In 2 years of college football Clowney has dominated from a production standpoint. He has 21 sacks in his freshman and sophomore years and the expectation is that he will have another double digit sack year his junior year. One of the more impressive stats though is his 35.5 TFLs in that span.
Pass Rush – 10
For a 20 year old entering his junior year Clowney has some seriously refined pass rush moves, and for a guy with his natural physical abilities that is a scary combination. Clowney wins with a variety of different moves. Watch him against Clemson walk the LT backwards with a bull rush into Tajh Boyd’s lap and get the sack. He can also win with pure speed off the edge. One of his favourite moves of mine is where he stands up and clubs the offensive lineman’s hands then rips past him. The thing that benefits Clowney the most though is his football acumen. He knows his opponent’s weaknesses. He doesn’t use different moves for the sake of it, he has the ability to set up his blocker. He may try to win with speed for 3 or 4 consecutive rushes to the point where the OT is looking for it then he will bull rush him and shed him.
Run Defense – 9
For an elite pass rusher, teams will often look over their run defense as hitting the QB is the main objective. However, whoever gets Clowney will get a guy who works on his run defense. With his long arms and great functional strength he can control his blocker at the line of scrimmage and shed to make the tackle. He had 54 total tackles last year, which for a DE is a big number. He also keeps his eyes up on contact and is able to read his keys. However he can be a little over aggressive at times and burnt by read option.
Production against Top Talent – 9
Unlike many top pass rushing prospects, Clowney doesn’t necessarily bulk up his resumé against lower calibre OTs, but he consistently produces against the best teams and best OTs. Perhaps the best individual battle of the entire year was his duel with Taylor Lewan in the Outback Bowl. Clowney was held without a sack in this game but he had a massive impact overall. Clowney also had 6.5 sacks and 24 tackles against SEC competition.
Versatility – 8
At South Carolina, Clowney predominantly lines up at right DE however has moved inside at times. At the next level Clowney should be used as an attacking pass rusher as I question his ability to go backwards in coverage should he be drafted as a 34 OLB. For attacking 4 man fronts Clowney can line up at either end spot and even move inside in packages similar to the Giants Nascar package. While I don’t think it would utilise his skills properly he could play 5 tech with his overall length and base, although he would likely need to add another 10-15lbs.
Overall – 64/70 Elite Talent
Jadeveon Clowney is one of the top prospects at any position to come out in the last 10 years. Oftentimes he looks like a man playing with boys in college. Barring a significant injury Clowney will hear his name called in the top 3 picks next April with a very strong possibility it will be with the number 1 overall pick. Unlike many other prospects it doesn’t matter what scheme a team runs whether or not they will draft Clowney, because he is the type of prospect who you build your defense around.
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