South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney came into this year with incredible amounts of hype, but he has failed to live up to expectations in the eyes of most fans. To be fair, Clowney has made a huge impact on every game he has played in though it doesn’t always show up in the box score, but he recently made some comments that should worry NFL scouts and general managers.
There have been concerns about Clowney’s conditioning and work ethic, so when he recently told the New York Times that he didn’t practice hard last year it raised a serious red flag.
“My practice habits have picked up way more than they did last year. Last year, I really didn’t practice real hard. This year, I came in with a different mind-set, like I want to be that guy, I want to have no flaws in my game.”
No matter how many concerns there are from NFL personnel, we all know that scouts will fall in love with him when they see his raw talent in pre-draft workouts. Clowney may not be the clear No. 1 prospect he once was, but he will still go high.
The only question will be how high?
The deciding factor will be whether or not teams feel they can motivate Clowney to stay at the top of his game and if they can get rid of the bad habits he learned during his time in college.