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WWJD: What Would Jadeveon Do?

by Troy Gorham
Feb 24, 2014 3:30 PM EST



This morning Jadeveon Cowney took the stage at the NFL combine and stole the show. At an official 6-5 1/4-inches and 266 pounds with an 83-inch arm span, Clowney ran an official 4.53 second 40 yard dash. This was after two unofficial hand timed runs of 4.47 and 4.48, all three of which were the fastest of any other defensive lineman, especially close to his size. His official hand size was 10-inches. He had a 10'4" broad jump, and a 37.5" vertical leap.
The only things that may have hurt his stock were the fact he only put up 225 pounds 21 times in the bench press. And opted to sit out and not participate in the on-field cone drills, bag drills, and positional drills due to what he said was a hip flexer issue. The question I have, is why would a man who could have gone ahead and placed himself as a number one pick in scouts' eyes if he had ran just one 3-cone drill well, opt to sit out of the field drills. Instead, he raised more questions about his laziness. And IF, the reason was really due to a hip flexer issue, why risk going out there and running the 40 yard dash(in which he ran an astonishing 1.56 10-yard split) in the first place, risking further injury? To me, you either go out there with plans to "wow" everybody in everything. Or you wait to do everything at your pro day because you're injured.
Any thoughts on what he did, should or shouldn't have done?
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