South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney may very well be the first overall pick in May’s NFL draft, but not every pro talent evaluator is enamored with the talented Gamecock.
In his NFL draft preview series, NJ.com’s Mark Eckel has been using quotes from three anonymous people inside NFL front offices, including one NFC team’s personnel man who given a scathing review of Clowney’s work ethic.
“He’s spoiled, and he’s lazy… He’s never worked hard a day in his life, now all of a sudden you’re going to give him a bunch of money and expect him to work hard. I don’t see it.’’
Personally, knocking someone for an entire lifetime of laziness without having actual evidence of that seems very harsh coming from an NFL front office person, but it shouldn’t have any real affect on Clowney’s stock. He’s faced work ethic questions before, and seems to have gotten by relatively unscathed.
The source goes on to say that he thinks the defensive line class is the weakest he’s seen in years, despite prospects like Clowney, Pitt’s Aaron Donald, Notre Dame’s Louis Nix, and Florida State’s Tim Jernigan.
A separate scout in the piece calls Clowney a “beast” and believes he will be worth the high pick that will be used on him.