September 15, 2012; Columbia, SC, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (7) and defensive end Aldrick Fordham (57) celebrate a Clowney sack against the UAB Blazers in the second half at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

NFL executives say Jadeveon Clowney is best defensive player in past decade


If there is one player in college football that is one of the most dominant players we have seen in recent memory, it would be South Carolina Gamecocks star Jadeveon Clowney. The Heisman front-runner has generated plenty of buzz in the scouting community and NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah took the time to examine the current opinion of Clowney in NFL front-offices.

According to the executives that Jeremiah questioned, Clowney is unquestionably the most dominant college defender in the past decade.

Jeremiah polled five NFL executives and they had glowing endorsements for Clowney. Here are a few of what the NFL personnel members had to say:

“Hands down. Can you name a more dominant pass rusher in college during that time? I can’t. He changes the game.”

“He’s neck and neck with Mario Williams. There’s no question that Clowney has created more buzz than any defensive player dating back to Charles Woodson. I guess I’ll give Clowney the slight edge over Williams.”

“Yes. I have him over Von Miller, (Ndamukong) Suh, (Darrelle) Revis and Mario Williams. He has size, speed, rare athletic ability, flexibility and explosion. He’s a dominating player vs. the run and pass.”

“I knew he’d go No. 1 overall since his high school film was made public.”

To read what all five executives had to say, check out Jeremiah’s article on NFL.com.

If there is one player currently in college football that could unseat Clowney as the No. 1 prospect in the 2014 NFL draft — assuming the junior declares — is Louisville Cardinals quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who has generated comparisons similar to Green Bay Packers star Aaron Rodgers.

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