Jadeveon Clowney is a physical specimen. There’s no denying that. Blessed with a ridiculous package of size, power and explosiveness, he is potentially a future Hall of Famer in the making. Needless to say, he’s been regarded as the 2014 NFL Draft‘s top prospect for the past year, and it’s still entirely possible that’s where he goes when the Houston Texans make the first pick overall.

Despite his physical prowess, though, there are still some questions surrounding Clowney. Let’s take a closer look at his skill-set as we try to figure out where he’ll go in the draft and how he’ll fare at the next level:


  • Extremely explosive off the snap and around the edge
  • Shows good power and drive in pursuit
  • Explosive hitter, using entire body to drive through the opposition
  • Keeps arms extended to affect passing lanes
  • Has very active hands when rushing the passer
  • Very solid in run support, breaking into the backfield routinely
  • Shows great anticipation, sometimes seemingly knowing the play before it happens
  • Can shed blocks effortlessly
  • Is in constant movement to get past blockers on the outside
  • Vice grip tackler, once he wraps someone up it’s over
  • Closing speed on ball carrier is remarkable
  • Has the versatility and range to play on the line or at linebacker
  • Intimidating presence on the line
  • If he wins on the first step he’s going to make a play


  • Does not have a tireless motor, will take plays off
  • Has questionable work ethic and desire
  • If he’s not making an impact he can almost be invisible, no in between
  • If he doesn’t win initially, he won’t always give it his all
  • Insane hype could be difficult to meet


Clowney is a top-five pick, all the way. There’s a very good chance the Texans don’t pass on him at the top spot, while it’s highly unlikely he slips outside of the top-three. In fact, if he doesn’t go number one, it’s pretty likely someone like the Atlanta Falcons trade up to land him. He’s an exceptional talent with insane upside. Even if he doesn’t go number one overall, he’s probably the best overall prospect in this draft class.

Draft Range: Top 5 Pick

NFL Player Comparison: Mario Williams

Interested Teams: Texans, Jaguars, Rams and Falcons

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