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Clowney not worthy of No. 1?

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07:18 AM ET 10.18 | No doubt the press box at Neyland Stadium this coming Saturday will be full of NFL scouts with their eyes on Jadeveon Clowney, who has been touted as a potential No. 1 pick in next year's NFL draft. The game against the Volunteers will be a chance for Clowney to prove he's worthy of the label. I believe Clowney is a very good player, one who could be drafted anywhere in the top 10, but he has not performed to the standard of someone who has been called, among other things, the best defensive prospect of the last 10 years. In my opinion, he has been over-publicized, and I think if people watched him and graded him on every game and every play, they would see a strong player but not really a Heisman Trophy candidate or a No. 1 draft pick.

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October 18, 2013  07:36 AM ET

He should get rid of the last 2 letters in his name. Clown fits perfectly.

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October 18, 2013  08:08 AM ET

This guy has gotten a ridiculous amount of build-up over one ESPN highlight.

October 18, 2013  08:13 AM ET

The teams in the running for the #1 pick are all in need of a quarterback. He may be the best player in the draft, but the early first-round teams will be drafting for need.

October 18, 2013  08:15 AM ET
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The teams in the running for the #1 pick are all in need of a quarterback. He may be the best player in the draft, but the early first-round teams will be drafting for need.

Exactly. A QB is going first. Clowney will be somewhere after that.

October 18, 2013  08:18 AM ET

Seems like a head case with talent. Hmmmmm, where would he fit perfectly?

October 18, 2013  08:37 AM ET

Before game 1 this season, Jason Whitlock guested on PTI and declared The Clown the Heisman winner and 2014 #1 pick.

So I watched his first game. Hmmm. Was he playing? Never heard his name.

Watched his 2nd game. I think I saw him in on a group tackle. I think.

Then he started operating on his own schedule that wasn't communicated with the team.

Sure, he'll go in the first round. The team that takes him will have blown their 1st pick. That's not so big of a deal, heck, 80% or more of the 1st round picks are some sort of disappointment.

October 18, 2013  08:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Seems like a head case with talent. Hmmmmm, where would he fit perfectly?

A clown with questionable talent. I'm sure there is at least one team that will over reach for a clown.

October 18, 2013  09:00 AM ET

Not. It's A QB's league.

October 18, 2013  09:00 AM ET

they would see a strong player but not really a Heisman Trophy candidate


He's a defensive lineman. That automatically removes him from Heisman candidacy.

October 18, 2013  09:00 AM ET

I think he is over hyped. It is sort of hard to judge him this season because frankly I think he is only playing at half speed in order to stay healthy. Probably if he hadn't been hyped or if there were a rule that college players had to play until their Senior year then you would see more effort from him. I doubt if he will be #1 unless the NYG's have the #1 overall pick. I think one of the teams that has a top 3 pick will trade down if someone wants him that bad.

October 18, 2013  09:20 AM ET

First of all this guy will play in the NFL so forget the Hiesman, that usually goes to the flavor of the month on a winning team that plays on TV, NOT the best player. Secondly, the overall first pick is not nearly the financial commitment it once was so he only goes #1 if that team wants a DE/OLB.

October 18, 2013  09:23 AM ET

Down here in the SEC he was big news starting when he was recruited out of high school, so I've followed his performance: very good first year, but he seems to be playing cautiously after the injury, maybe even timidly. But yeah, if the Giants draft in the top 5, I suspect they will be sorely tempted.

October 18, 2013  09:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

I think he is over hyped. It is sort of hard to judge him this season because frankly I think he is only playing at half speed in order to stay healthy. Probably if he hadn't been hyped or if there were a rule that college players had to play until their Senior year then you would see more effort from him. I doubt if he will be #1 unless the NYG's have the #1 overall pick. I think one of the teams that has a top 3 pick will trade down if someone wants him that bad.

If I was a scout and I'm not that would raise questions about durability about him in my mind and a #1 overall pick shouldn't have any questions raised about him IMO!

October 18, 2013  09:28 AM ET

Come to Dallas Bro.

October 18, 2013  09:29 AM ET
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If I was a scout and I'm not that would raise *questions about durability about him in my mind and a #1 overall pick shouldn't have any questions raised about him IMO!

*questions about his durability. Just to make my post more clear.

October 18, 2013  09:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Come to Dallas Bro.

Are you excepting Dallas to pick high enough to get him or Clowney to fall that far, Ottis???

October 18, 2013  10:12 AM ET

Every day he gets nearer to potential mega-bust status.

 
October 18, 2013  10:15 AM ET
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A clown with questionable talent. I'm sure there is at least one team that will over reach for a clown.

They always do and then wonder why their chosen ones don't make it.

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