2014 NFL Draft: Why Jadeveon Clowney Is A “Once-in-a-Generation” Prospect

Pass-Rushing Ability

Pass-rushing is the bread and butter of Clowney’s game. He has many pass-rush moves in his arsenal. He can push his opponent back with his pure strength on a bull rush, or use his signature move, the dip and rip combo, to beat a blocker.

Sometimes, Clowney is so fast off the ball that he beats offensive tackles simply with his speed. Clowney will consistently makes his opponents pay if they do not double-team him. He gets off the ball with great quickness and anticipation.

On the play above, once he was locked in with the offensive tackle, he simply extended his long arms and used a rip move. From there, he caught Jeff Driskel from behind. When tackles are left on an island with Clowney on the outside, Clowney often wins out.

With a simple turn of the corner, Clowney blows right by the offensive tackle on the above play vs. Kentucky. He has the football intelligence to seemingly know the tackle’s moves. Once he beats the tackle with his speed, he jumps right toward Morgan Newton, forcing him to make a throw right into the ground off his back foot.

Clowney once again used his signature dip and rip move to blindside Boyd once again. Using a four-point stance (both hands in the ground, arched position), he gets an even quicker first step off the line of scrimmage. When Clowney can do these kind of things to offensive linemen, he can truly dominate a game. As Clemson experienced here, speed kills.

In a game where Clowney had 4.5 sacks, Clemson literately quadruple-teamed him near the end of the game, with a center, right guard, left guard, and a motioning/chipping tight end all blocking him.

When Clowney creates attention like this, it makes it easy for rushers opposite him to make plays. On the play above, where Chaz Sutton brought pressure from the opposite side, Clowney shed off the quadruple team and still made a tackle for a loss. There is not another player in the NCAA who can make plays like this through such heavy attention.


Clowney looks the part of a franchise pass-rusher in the NFL. If he continues to develop, he could be an NFL record-breaker on the next level. Jadeveon’s scouting grade of a 98.5/100 is the highest I have given any prospect (since 2008). He deserves the hype with his pass-rushing abilities. In 10-15 years, I believe we will be making comparisons of who will be the next Jadeveon Clowney. He is a franchise-changing player.

Clowney’s overall ability makes it hard to even find an NFL comparison. He is a once-in-a-generation player.

Due to his exceptional ability rushing the quarterback, Clowney should be the No. 1 prospect on all boards. Clowney has dominated the SEC the past two years, and it would be shocking not to see him dominate in the NFL in 2014.

Slogans for NFL fans hoping their team would “Suck For Luck” back in 2012, what will the slogan for Clowney be? Lets see who will “Clown Around For Clowney” during the 2013-2014 season.

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Tags: 2014 NFL Draft, Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina, Top Prospects

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