Jadeveon Clowney's pro-day workout went as expected Wednesday with him wowing everyone with his athleticism, Mike Huguenin of NFL.com reports.
NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock said he had seen enough from Clowney before the workout even ended and called him a "special, special talent." Fellow analyst Daniel Jeremiah called it "a phenomenal day" for Clowney. And analyst Charles Davis called it "as impressive a pro day as I have seen in recent years."
Mayock has Clowney ranked No. 1 on his draft board and said, "On May 8, he's going to get called one, two or three."
Clowney went through linemen drills and linebacker drills. He was strictly a 4-3 defensive end at South Carolina but could be asked to be a 3-4 linebacker in the NFL. Regardless, Mayock said, "he's going to make his money hunting quarterbacks."
Jeremiah said teams would be drafting Clowney for what he does "going forward, not going in reverse." He noted that having Clowney drop three or four times per game at linebacker likely would be all that was required; the rest of the time, Jeremiah said, he would focus on getting to the quarterback.
Thing is, even though he is not used to dropping into coverage, Clowney looked good in the linebacker drills. He was a bit tight in the hips, Mayock and Jeremiah said, but he still looked fluid overall.
Still, he was at his best in the lineman drills, where he flashed his eye-popping athleticism. "This is what you want a freaky defensive end to look like," Jeremiah said during the drills. And at one point, Mayock said while watching the lineman drills, "That's crazy; that's crazy for a guy his size."
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