In the last year, Jadeveon Clowney has taken a lot of heat for his immaturity and low motor. Clowney only had 36 tackles and 3 sacks; as a result he has earned many doubters. But what many fans are forgetting is that Clowney's first two years at South Carolina were legendary.
As a freshman for the Gamecocks, Clowney had 8 sacks and 12 tackles for a loss. He earned Second-Team All-SEC in just his first year of college football. The next year, Clowney had one of the best seasons of any Defensive End in college football history logging 13.5 sacks and 23.5 tackles for a loss. Clowney finished 6th in the Heisman voting that year.
In 2013, it was evident that Clowney felt he should already be in the NFL as his production and motor dropped off. Luckily for the Raiders, there now stands a chance that Clowney falls to them at #5.
To say that Jadeveon Clowney is athletic is an understatement. He is the most athletic defensive lineman to enter the NFL Draft since Julius Peppers in 2002. If a coach was to mold the perfect model of what a Defensive End should look like, it would resemble Jadeveon Clowney.
Clowney is 6-5, 266 lbs, yet runs a 4.53 40-YD Dash. To compare, Clowney has a faster 40 than Mike Evans, Davante Adams, Jarvis Landry and Kadeem Carey. He was 0.3 seconds slower than Oregon's De ‘Anthony Thomas. Even Hall of Fame Defensive Tackle Warren Sapp was impressed watching Clowney run stating that "He is a freak".
Imagine a 330 lb. Offensive Lineman trying to block that in space, not happening. Clowney also posted a 37 inch vertical (3 inches higher than consensus #1 Wide Receiver Sammy Watkins).
The scariest aspect of Jadeveon Clowney is that his technique was poor, yet he had elite production in the highly competitive SEC. The only move Clowney regularly utilizes is the swim move. He also does a poor job of turning his hips towards the Quarterback making him easier to be blocked. Clowney runs around lineman on run plays allowing him to be beat inside. Does it affect production? When you're as athletic as Jadeveon Clowney, not at all.
Even though Jadeveon Clowney statistically had a poor year in 2013, he made a massive impact to South Carolina's defense. Clowney was double-teamed almost every play freeing up other Defensive Lineman. Clowney was also double-teamed most of 2012 when he racked up 13.5 sacks. In the Raiders case, Clowney wouldn't be double-teamed because that would leave Lamarr Houston unblocked. If Clowney can sack the Quarterback 13.5 times with two Offensive Lineman blocking him, imagine how many sacks he would pick up with only one.
If Jadeveon Clowney fell to the Raiders, Reggie McKenzie should cry. Clowney is physically the most imposing prospect in the last 10 years. He is a once-in-a-decade talent that would immediately help the Raiders Defensive Line. Clowney has all of the right ingredients, now he just needs to be baked. The final product will be the best Defensive End in the NFL.