Despite South Carolina Gamecocks fans and college football fans across the nation calling out Jadeveon Clowney’s toughness after his decision to not play against the Kentucky Wildcats due to what has been labeled “bruised ribs”, his draft stock has not changed even the slightest bit. Clowney is viewed as the potential first overall pick in the upcoming 2014 NFL Draft. With that being said, many fans believe the freakish athletic defensive end has all but mailed in his junior season to ensure that he stays healthy leading up to the start of his professional career.
Clowney has already proven himself worthy of a top pick in the 2014 draft. Not just with the hit on national television against Michigan, but with his performance on a weekly basis. As just a sophomore, he showed the nation that he is a terror rushing the passer of the edge. A defensive end with the level of athleticism that Clowney possesses is viewed as a once-in-a-decade type prospect.
With all of that said, college football fans, and South Carolina fans in particular, have a reason to be upset with the best player in the country. However, if you ask those making decisions on the NFL level, they could not be less concerned.
According to USA Today’s Tom Pelissero, one NFL executive said to him, ”Nah, no one will care. If he’s healthy, works out well and most importantly interviews well, it won’t hurt him.” Another told Pelissero, “No one cares. He’s injured.”
Clearly, those on the professional level could not care less about Clowney’s decision not to play.