Clowney No. 1 on Kiper's first 2014 'Big Board'

GoGamecocks staff reportsMay 9, 2013 

USC's Jadeveon Clowney runs through drills during practice.

C. ALUKA BERRY — caberry@thestate.com

South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is No. 1 on Mel Kiper Jr.'s first "Big Board" NFL Draft projections for 2014.

Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is No. 2 and Southern Cal wide receiver Marqise Lee is No. 3.

Kiper, an ESPN draft analyst, says of Clowney:

"He's been destined to lead off a Big Board since he was a senior in high school. Clowney marries extraordinary physical talent with an effective and still-growing arsenal of pass-rushing skills. Sure, he can occasionally play a little high, which allows to teams to run at him, but he's going to continue to get stronger and improve technique. Let's not call him a prospect -- he's a highly productive player."

Kiper has Clemson WR Sammy Watkins at No. 16 and Clemson QB Tajh Boyd at No 20.

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