Anyone who had forgotten just how physically gifted Jadeveon Clowney is was given an incredible reminder on Monday morning at the NFL Scouting Combine. Clowney recorded an unofficial time of 4.47 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Remember, folks, this is a 266-pound defensive lineman we’re talking about.
To give you some perspective, Clowney ran faster than USC wide receiver Marqise Lee, who posted a time of 4.52. Clemson’s Sammy Watkins, who many consider to be the best receiver in the draft, was slightly faster than Clowney at 4.43. He weighs just over 200 pounds.
Some of the faster quarterbacks at the Combine over the weekend were Johnny Manziel (4.68), Virginia Tech’s Logan Thomas (4.61) and Miami’s Stephen Morris (4.63). If 40-yard dash times are any indication, those guys won’t be running away from Clowney at the NFL level.
The fastest defensive lineman at the 2013 NFL Combine posted a time of 4.60 seconds. Here’s a GIF that compares Clowney’s 40-yard dash time with Manziel’s:
Are there questions about Clowney’s work ethic? Plenty, and Steve Spurrier did nothing to answer them when given an opportunity recently. When scouts see speed like that, they tend to brush those questions aside.
GIF via Bleacher Report