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Scouting Report: Jadeveon Clowney


With the offseason underway, it is draft/free agency season. In this segment, “Scouting Report”, I will be posting scouting reports of who I believe the Cowboys should covet in the 2014 NFL Draft. Stay tuned daily, as I will be writing a few per day.

Background

Perhaps the top player in the country, Jadeveon Clowney will declare for April’s draft. Although he is widely known to be a sure-fire top three pick, stranger things have happened. Think back to Da’Quan Bowers when he fell to the middle of the second round. Not many draftniks have Clowney falling past the Buccaneers at 7. He could be the prospect of the decade, but many teams need a quarterback and will be willing to pass up on him for the likes of Teddy Bridgewater, Blake Bortles, and Johnny Manziel. Clowney is going to have a freak combine and he will be a freak player in the NFL too.

Measurements

- 6-5, 274 pounds

- 4.56 40-yard dash

Info

- #1 on Bruce Feldman’s Freak list

- Had 13 sacks in just his sophomore season

Strengths

- Explosive

- Unbelievable build

- Great closing speed

- Can take on and beat double teams

- Track speed

- Unbelievable potential

- Terrific length

- Great burst off the line of scrimmage

- Can get after the quarterback and can track down running backs

- Could play in a 4-3 or in a 3-4

Weaknesses

- Not the best tackler

- Bad decision-making

- Has to get a better attitude (This could be because he cared more about 2012 than 2013)

The Fit

If Dallas is willing to draft a defensive end in their 4-3, drafting Clowney would be an unbelievable pickup. He is the absolute complete package. He is truly a once-in-a-decade player who can make an impact with ease. Clowney is a man amongst boys in college football. It would not come as a surprise to see him be a stud in the NFL as well. There is a low chance Dallas trades up for Clowney, but that still does not mean fans can hope.

Scout Grade: 96/100

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