ESPN's Mel Kiper: Jadeveon Clowney to be No. 1 pick in NFL Draft

jkendall@thestate.comApril 17, 2014 

Jadeveon Clowney was one of ten former Gamecocks who worked out in front of NFL coaches, scouts, media and the fans on Wednesday at Williams-Brice Stadium. All eyes were on him as he went through position drills, talked with local and national media and signed autographs for his fans.

TIM DOMINICK — tdominick@thestate.com

If Jadeveon Clowney is “spoiled” or “lazy,” it hasn’t hurt his stock in the eyes of ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper.

Kiper predicted Thursday in his most recent mock draft that Clowney, a two-time All-America defensive end at South Carolina, will be the No. 1 overall selection when the NFL Draft begins on May 8. Clowney has hardly gone a week without making headlines since his early departure from South Carolina. The most recent headlines were earlier this week when an NJ.com story quoted an anonymous NFL scout saying Clowney was “spoiled” and “lazy.”

"None of that has bothered us,” Clowney’s agent, Bus Cook, told USA Today. “It doesn't bother Jadeveon. That's not something that's been asked of me by any of the teams that I've talked to. Just go watch the tape."

Cook did not immediately return a message from The State seeking further comment. Clowney might hold a limited workout for one team but mostly will stay off his feet between now and the draft, Cook told USA Today.

“He may do one more thing, for one team, maybe a five-minute workout," Cook said. "It doesn't make sense to do more than that, given the fact of what happened to the Clemson kid (offensive lineman Brandon Thomas, who suffered a torn ACL). If they weren't at the pro day or Combine, where are they? Just say there will be no heavy lifting. Nothing that will risk injury.”

If Clowney is picked by the Texans, he will be the second Gamecock to be taken No. 1 overall, joining George Rogers, who was the first pick of the New Orleans Saints in 1981.

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