Pauline: Jadeveon Clowney is best defensive prospect since Bruce Smith

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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.