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Washington Redskins Draft Profiles: Jadeveon Clowney, DE

Hogs Haven takes a look at NFL prospects heading into the 2014 draft


Jadeveon Clowney

Defensive End

Height: 6' 5", Weight: 266 lbs

South Carolina

Strengths: Where to begin? There really isn't anything new to be said about this guy. Jadeveon Clowney is one of the most hyped defensive players to enter the draft in years. If you follow football just a little bit, you are familiar with Jadeveon Clowney. His hit on Vincent Smith in the Outback Bowl (and subsequent fumble recovery) is etched on every football fan's brain. His skill level is elite in almost every area. He is explosive. His speed is amazing, especially considering his size. He ran a 4.53 second 40 yard dash at the Combine. He is strong. He is the prototypical defensive end. To say he is aggressive could be the understatement of the 2014 Draft. His timing is great. Clowney's ability to make incredible tackles and separate offensive players from the ball is one of the reasons he is projected to be the first player chosen in the Draft. So no earth-shattering news here; just a list of ridiculous physical attributes that every NFL team is lusting after.

Weaknesses: Clowney may be a gifted player, but he does have some drawbacks. He has been hyped to the point where living up to expectations may be impossible. His physical dominance has kept him from having to develop his technique as much as he should. He tackles high and has some trouble in space. He has had issues with his attitude at South Carolina. He has left games inexplicably and decided not to play without telling his coaches. He has the hands of a defensive end so interceptions are not common.

Bottom Line: Jadeveon Clowney is projected to be the first overall pick in this year's draft. He deserves it.

Projected Round: 1

Team He Fits Best On: Every team could find a way to use Jadeveon Clowney

Jadeveon Clowney Ultimate 2013-14 Highlights ᴴᴰ (via HFX HD)