South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney began the year as the No. 1 prospect in the nation, but critics have started to emerge from the shadows as Clowney has failed to put up a signature play like he did a season ago.
This has led many to question Clowney’s character and commitment to the team.
The latest criticism was brought to light in a piece on NFL.com.
“I believe there are legitimate concerns about his football character,” NFL draft analyst Bucky Brooks wrote. “He has appeared distracted by the limelight and attention that accompanies his reputation as a potential top pick; it appears to have affected his preparation for the season. Clowney has struggled with his conditioning throughout the season and has battled a handful of bumps and bruises that have impacted his play. Additionally, he has repeatedly taken plays off and appeared disinterested in the middle of games, which is a red flag for scouts looking for a potential difference-maker at the top of the draft.”
The criticisms are a bit unfounded, considering Clowney has been dominant and disruptive with the exception of the game against Missouri. You can’t deny the talent that Clowney has and whether or not he is committed to the team is an unfair question.
No matter how many critics want to speak out, Clowney will be a top player in the 2014 NFL Draft after scouts fall in love with him during individual workouts.