Jadeveon Clowney (DE), South Carolina
6'5" | 266 lbs.
40 tackles, 11.5 TFL, 3 sacks, 4 PD, FF
What the scouts are saying:
"Has frequently taken the inside line this year, likely due to the shorter distance to the backfield. Loves to utilize an arm over swim and athletic footwork is on displays when avoiding cut blocks. Loops inside with ease. A rare power and speed athlete." (Josh Norris, Rotoworld.com)
"A physical specimen with a rare size-speed combination, Clowney was not as impactful as a junior while playing through injuries and being forced to deal with opposing offenses that fully accounted for him with extra chip protection. Is every bit worthy of the first overall pick -- will immediately upgrade a defensive line and improve the production of those around him." (Nolan Nawrocki, NFL.com)
"Exceedingly rare combination of size, explosiveness, strength, speed and technique. Times the snap well and possesses true explosiveness out of his stance to cross the face of the left tackle. Exceptional burst off the snap with lateral agility and an array of pass rush moves. Simply too quick for trap blocks, consistently flashing into the backfield to beat oncoming blockers." (Rob Rang, CBSSports.com)
"The hype around Jadeveon Clowney is justified. He is the best defensive prospect to enter the NFL draft this century - with the possible exception of Ndamukong Suh in 2010. Clowney has a rare skill set with an elite combination of speed, strength and athleticism. He is the "Andrew Luck" of defensive draft prospects." (WalterFootball.com)
Fit for the Bears:
General manager Phil Emery was primed to rebuild the Bears defensive line this offseason, and he did so with the additions of Jared Allen, Lamarr Houston, Willie Young and Israel Idonije. But with a defensive line -- in particular defensive end -- that struggled immensely in 2013, it wouldn't be surprising to see Emery use an early draft pick on an impact end. However, Clowney is one of the best defensive prospects to enter the draft this century. And the Houston Texans seem poised to draft the former South Carolina standout at No. 1 overall. Any franchise that covets Clowney would have to mortgage their future for him and the Bears aren't in a position to do so. As exciting as it would be to see Clowney lined up opposite Allen on the Bears defensive line, it's a dream that won't become a reality on May 8.