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Clowney sees himself as No. 1

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07:22 AM ET 02.07 | A year ago, perhaps the discussion would have been different. South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney entered the 2013 season as the top overall prospect of eligible draft picks. With the Houston Texans seemingly in need of a quarterback, Clowney may not be able to go No. 1 overall like as initially predicted. But it's something Clowney is still hoping he can achieve, especially with a strong performance at the NFL combine in the next couple of weeks. "I worked hard to get to this point in my life where I gave myself a great chance to go No. 1 in the draft and hopefully I will get to be No. 1," Clowney said on ESPN Radio. "I'm going to try to prove myself at the Combine and hopefully just go up from there."

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February 7, 2014  07:27 AM ET

number one CLOWN..... un-educated SEC specimen, Not Ready for the NFL or the real world.....

February 7, 2014  07:44 AM ET

Just because a guy is un-educated (sic) doesn't mean he's not ready for the NFL.

February 7, 2014  07:47 AM ET

Don't have to read and write to chase QB's and RB's around and knock people down.

February 7, 2014  08:34 AM ET

He has about a 30% chance of being taken #1. He will have to WOW the people ( Houston Texans ) at the combine.

February 7, 2014  08:44 AM ET

Dexter Manley come to mind on the education subject. He did fairly well for himself in the NFL if I remember correctly.

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February 7, 2014  08:49 AM ET

This young man keeps talking as if he's entitled to huge respect in the NFL before he's played a down.
I suspect there are a few O linemen who can't wait to put him on his butt--hard!

February 7, 2014  08:52 AM ET
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This young man keeps talking as if he's entitled to huge respect in the NFL before he's played a down.I suspect there are a few O linemen who can't wait to put him on his butt--hard!

Being confident is one thing but talking too much before you've done anything will get you a lesson learned the hard way. Johnny is in the same category. When d-lineman see him under center it will be like waiving a steak in front of a lion.

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February 7, 2014  09:09 AM ET

I look in the mirror and see Elvis! Never mind!

February 7, 2014  09:15 AM ET

If the Rams do not trade their pick to another team Clowney, second pick is the best you are going to get in the upcoming draft.

February 7, 2014  09:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Just because a guy is un-educated (sic) doesn't mean he's not ready for the NFL.

Actually, that seems to make him a pretty good fit.

February 7, 2014  09:25 AM ET
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Being confident is one thing but talking too much before you've done anything will get you a lesson learned the hard way. Johnny is in the same category. When d-lineman see him under center it will be like waiving a steak in front of a lion.

I like the analogy.

February 7, 2014  09:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

I like the analogy.

I've had my coffee!! ;-)

February 7, 2014  09:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Has nothing to do with his intellect. There are serious doubts about his work ethic and toughness. A year ago he was a world beater, now he is a candyazz

Sounds like a Brian Bosworth type fella..

February 7, 2014  09:36 AM ET
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Has nothing to do with his intellect. There are serious doubts about his work ethic and toughness. A year ago he was a world beater, now he is a candyazz

This is why I think he'd be a good fit in Houston. JJ Watt has a motor that won't quit and he'd be a fine example of a player that Clowney should aspire to be. There's no way Watt will allow Clowney to take plays off like he did at SC last year.

February 7, 2014  09:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

This young man keeps talking as if he's entitled to huge respect in the NFL before he's played a down.I suspect there are a few O linemen who can't wait to put him on his butt--hard!

He was the most over-hyped player to ever come out of high school. Average Joes and media pundits were claiming he was NFL ready before college. ESPN lapped it up because they have a $2.2 billion investment in SEC football and Clowney stories always got attention.

He played for the most over-hyped team, in the most over-hyped conference. It's no wonder he thinks he's number one.

February 7, 2014  09:50 AM ET

Another player for the All NFL unpronounceable name team.

 
February 7, 2014  10:08 AM ET

The fact of the mater is ... he was out-leveraged on many plays and looked lost a lot with regards to reading the play at the line. He has superior athletic ability but relies on it instead of being a student of the game. He loked absolutely horrible vs. Georgia and Todd Gurley ran at will against them. Instead of owning up to the facts ESPN spun his lack of preparation as "he takes plays off".

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