HE’S GONE PLAID!
There’s light speed, ridiculous speed, ludicrous speed … and now “Jadeveon speed.”
Former University of South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney ran the 40-yard dash in a blazing fast 4.53 seconds (officially) at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis this week – but a weaker-than-expected performance on the bench press (and his decision to sit out several agility drills) left some scouts scratching their heads about the potential No. 1 pick’s work ethic.
Clowney declined to participate in several position-specific field drills that tested his lateral and change-of-direction movement. Initial reports referenced Clowney possibly having a hip flexor, but the 6-foot-6, 266-pound former All-American said he planned all along to perform those drills prior to the draft in April.
“I just told them I really didn’t feel like doing it here,” Clowney said. “I was practicing working on my (40-yard dash), I mean, on my combine work, and I just felt like I could do it on my pro day.”
He’ll get a chance to perform those field drills at his official workout in Columbia, S.C. on April 2.
While Clowney’s speed matched that of several top wide receivers attending the combine (unheard of for a guy his size), he was a bit of a disappointment in the strength department. Clowney bench pressed 225 pounds only 21 times. By comparison, 2006 No. 1 draft pick Mario Williams bench pressed 225 pounds 35 times.
Even a punter from Miami attending the combine outdid Clowney on the bench press … scoring 23 repetitions.
Still, that speed …
Unofficially, Clowney was clocked a 4.47 and 4.48 in the 40-yard-draft at the combine – including a ridiculously fast 10-yard split of 1.56 seconds (demonstrating his explosiveness off the line). Clowney also wowed scouts with a 37.5-inch vertical leap and a 10-foot-5-inch broad jump.
“Put him at wide receiver,” one NFL analyst quipped.
Clowney finished his three-year career at South Carolina with 47 tackles for losses and 24 sacks. Oh yeah, and “the hit.”
While some scouts question