Feb 24, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks Jadeveon Clowney looks on during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Draft Rumors: Jadeveon Clowney's floor is Julius Peppers or Mario Williams


After the 2012 season, South Carolina Gamecocks’ defensive end Jadeveon Clowney was an absolute lock to be the first player selected in the 2014 season.

After a disappointing 2013 campaign filled with injuries and controversy about his effort (and perhaps more importantly for Clowney, filled with double and triple teams), he is still expected to go first, but it is no sure thing.

Although some pundits and scouts have questioned Clowney, many still believe he is a generational talent.

According to one AFC executive who talked to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com and the NFL Network, Clowney’s floor is former Carolina Panthers and Chicago Bears and current Green Bay Packers’ defensive end Julius Peppers or former Houston Texans and current Buffalo Bills’ defensive end Mario Williams.

Obviously, that is quite the compliment.

Clowney made 40 tackles, 11.5 for loss and 3.0 sacks in 2013, but had 54 tackles, 23.5 for loss and 13.0  sacks in 2012.

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