The on-field workouts began today at the NFL Scouting Combine, but plenty of eyes in Indianapolis were on former South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney who met with the media and said he wants to be one of the best of all-time.
Clowney: “When I get to the NFL, it’s going to be up on my career. I just want to be the best, one of the greatest of all time.”
— Josh Kendall (@JoshatTheState) February 22, 2014
Certainly, many of the 335 draft prospects at the combine share the same goal as Clowney, but not many can actually turn that goal in to a reality. Despite failing to meet the loftiest of expectations heaped upon him in 2013, Clowney still has a shot to be the first overall pick in the draft and that’s another one of his goals.
Jadeveon Clowney: I left high school as the number 1 guy and one of my goals is to become (the #1 overall pick)”
— Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) February 22, 2014
And considering the fact he was running the 40 in 4.46 during practice runs on Saturday at 6-5 1/4, 266 pounds, 34 1/2 arms, 10-inch hands and an 83-inch wingspan and he has the necessary size to fit the mold of a top pick.
In fact, Clowney said if he could have declared for the draft after his sophomore year when he was the SEC Defensive Player of the Year and draft experts were saying he’d have been the top pick in 2013, he would have bolted for the draft.