Jadeveon Clowney Dominates At The Combine
By Allen Kim
Jadeveon Clowney continues to make his case to be the top pick in the 2014 NFL Draft after he clocked in with times of 4.47 and 4.48 for the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Clowney made waves back in March of last year when it was reported that he ran a 4.5 40-yard dash during workouts while at South Carolina, and while he just barely topped that time for the combine, it’s impressive nonetheless. Bruce Irvin, a freak athlete in his own right, ran a 4.5 two years ago, but he weighed nearly 20 pounds less than Clowney at the time.
Even though Clowney was far behind Dri Archer’s near record-breaking 4.26 performance (yes, I realize that it’s not exactly a fair comparison), when you take into consideration Clowney’s 6-5, 266-pound frame, it looks far more impressive.
Clowney also registered an absurd 37.5 inch vertical. In NBA circles that would blow people away. As a football player, it’s all the more impressive. Physically, he may be one of the most gifted athletes to ever enter the NFL, and his athleticism is off the charts.
On the surface, the only downside to his combine performance was the 21 reps he put up on the 225-pound bench press. However, considering that he has 34.5 inch arms, it’s actually a solid number.
He skipped the field drills due to a hip flexor injury.