Jadeveon Clowney has more than one No. 1 in mind

Possible No. 1 overall prospect, DE Jadeveon Clowney of University of South Carolina at the NFL...

Possible No. 1 overall prospect, DE Jadeveon Clowney of University of South Carolina at the NFL scouting combine at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, on February 22, 2014 (John Kryk/ QMI Agency)

JOHN KRYK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:53 PM ET

INDIANAPOLIS -- One play -- The Hit -- turned Jadeveon Clowney into an instant American celebrity.

If you’ve watched any sports-highlight show in the past 14 months, you’ve seen him nearly take the head off a Michigan running back in a bowl game a year ago New Year’s Day.

With incredible burst, power, instinct.

Rumblings had had Clowney pegged as a top draft pick in 2014 to that point, but The Hit begat the consensus acceptance all last off-season that he’d be the automatic No. 1 overall selection this year.

Some even speculated he’d be wisest to sit out the 2013 season, so as not to risk injury.

He didn’t. But Clowney had an underwhelming junior season. He took plays off, critics said. Hell, even his University of South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier said as much the other day.

So when Clowney addressed reporters on Saturday afternoon at the NFL scouting combine, he had to answer that question, and a lot of others like it.


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