Following the South Carolina Gamecock’s win over the Wisconsin Badgers on Wednesday in the Capital One Bowl, defensive end Jadeveon Clowney was asked flat out whether or not this was his final season in Columbia, thus sending him off to the NFL Draft for 2014. Clowney did not hesitate in confirming that news, basically telling us what we’ve known all year.
So now, let the comparisons and the hype commence–again.
After an offseason in which we speculated whether or not Clowney would be the first ever true defensive player to win the Heisman Trophy, it’s now time to mull what he will be like in the National Football League.
From now until he steps on the field basically, you’re going to see Clowney compared to some of the greatest defensive players to ever play the game.
But on scout already had one different comparison, and it was actually a comparison to an offensive player that played in the NFL.
This man compared Clowney to former wide receiver and current FOX Sports analyst, Randy Moss:
“He’s a modern day Randy Moss,” said an AFC East scout on Clowney. “J.C. doesn’t have the same type of criminal background as Randy did when he was his age, but the dependence on natural talent and problematic effort concerns are very similar. Difference is, Clowney won’t fall out of the top-seven like Randy did.”
In a sense, he’s not wrong. One problem that football loyalists had with Randy was his unwillingness at times to utilize his talents to their full potential. That’s the same type of criticism that we’ve all hit Clowney with this past season.