Jan 1, 2014; Orlando, FL, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (7) waves to the crowd as quarterback Connor Shaw (14) applauds after the South Carolina Gamecocks beat the Wisconsin Badgers 34-24 in the Capital One Bowl at Florida Citrus Bowl. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

Pauline: Jadeveon Clowney is best defensive prospect since Bruce Smith

Veteran NFL draft analyst from DraftInsider.net, Tony Pauline, talked with Mac and Jim better known as the Mac Attack on 610 The Fan in Charlotte, North Carolina about some of the top draft prospects in the upcoming 2014 NFL Draft. You can listen to the entire segment with Pauline talking about prospects like Tajh Boyd, Johnny Manziel and Jadeveon Clowney here.

It was Clowney who Pauline called the best defensive prospect since Bruce Smith who was the No. 1 overall pick of the Buffalo Bills in the 1985 and retired as the NFL’s all-time leader in sacks with 200 and is enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Oh.

Clowney has been compared to 2005 No. 1 pick and defensive end Mario Williams and former No. 2 overall pick Julius Peppers, but Pauline’s comparison is quite the compliment as it encompasses all defensive positions and goes back nearly 30 years.

Will Clowney ever rack up 200 sacks like Smith did during during his career that went from 1985-2003? That remains to be seen, but this type of praise makes it seem silly to think Clowney will not be the first pick during May’s draft.


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