Jadeveon Clowney has a warning for the Houston Texans in case they don’t select him with the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft next month.
"I have to make them miserable," the University of South Carolina’s explosive defensive end told reporters, including CBS Sports, at his pro-day workout at South Carolina on Wednesday. Clowney wowed spectators, coaches and scouts from 30 of the league’s 32 teams during his workout, despite reports that he was putting his skills on display with a "slight groin pull."
At 6-feet 6-inches and 266 pounds, Clowney believes he has the right package of size, power, speed and technique that make him worthy of the first overall selection in the NFL Draft.
"I can pretty much do it all," Clowney told reporters, including those from ESPN. "Anything on defense I can help. I can be a play maker. I am a play maker. I've got what it takes, I believe, to go out there and set the tone for the next guy coming up. And to help my team out winning games.
"I can play every position on the field," he added, saying there’s no doubt that he can play outside linebacker if need be. "I'm an athlete. Whatever they want me to play, I can be good at it. I have no problem dropping and moving."
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier expressed displeasure with Clowney for not playing through pain and injuries during the 2013 season, but his solid showing during his pro-day workout definitely keeps Clowney's stock high. According to ESPN, Clowney has upcoming visits with the Atlanta Falcons (who have the sixth pick in the NFL Draft) and the St. Louis Rams (second and 13th picks), just in case they become trade partners on Draft day, before visiting the Texans later this month.
The 2014 NFL Draft begins Thursday, May 8 and ends Saturday, May 10.
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