As we approach the 2014 NFL Draft in May, Jadeveon Clowney is believed to be the best player available. He is one of the handful of players being considered for the No. 1 overall pick, and former NFL head coach Tony Dungy believes he should be that guy.
“There is no one physically like Clowney in this draft,” Dungy told USA Today. “If Houston wanted to make this a dynamic defense and really put pressure on people, I’d take Clowney first.”
Of course, the issues about his work ethic continue to linger, and Dungy acknowledges that is the only concern in Clowney’s game.
“That would be the thing that scares me,” Dungy added. “You could get Bruce Smith, Lawrence Taylor. Or you could have Aundray Bruce (the No. overall 1 pick in the 1988 draft who never came close to living up to the hype) in Clowney.
“You hope you get Lawrence Taylor. Because that’s who I saw in Clowney two years ago.”
Clowney’s numbers dropped off significantly from his sophomore to his junior season, but he also demanded more attention from opposing offenses. Clowney was also believed to be focusing on not getting injured, which is something you cannot really blame him for.
While the questions about work ethic and his motor will continue to hang over his head in the weeks leading up to the draft, the fact is that Clowney is a dominant defender with freakish talent that can instantly improve any defense.
Like Dungy, we would have to take him with the No. 1 pick, but we will have to wait and see if the Texans do the same.