Jadeveon Clowney was once believed to be the undisputed number one overall prospect for next year’s NFL Draft. Now, midway through the college football season, that projection seems a bit less likely, as other players have stepped up, and Clowney has underwhelmed a bit, partially due to significant injuries. Clowney will still be one of first guys off of the board in April, but he certainly has competition for the top spot.
Clowney’s greatest strength is his ability to relentlessly rush the quarterback. His combination of speed and strength makes him nearly unblockable at times. However, teams have recently started to run in his direction more, and in the odd situations where Clowney has dropped into coverage, opposing quarterbacks have not been afraid to test him. But that isn’t going to happen anymore — Steve Spurrier said today that the defense is no longer going to drop Clowney into space:
Spurrier on dropping Clowney into coverage: “Every time we do that, something bad seems to happen.”
— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) October 30, 2013
This is probably a good adjustment for the Gamecocks to make, and should help them continue to build on their recent defensive success. It’s time to just let Clowney does what he does best.