Jadeveon Clowney is by far the best player in college football right now. He is a head and shoulders above everyone else and if he was able to enter the NFL Draft this year he would…and he would go as the first overall pick. Unfortunately for Clowney, the NFL has a rule that every player must be at least three years removed from high school before they enter the draft. Clowney just finished his sophomore year at South Carolina.
So here’s the dilemma…does Clowney sit out his junior year and just work out on his own to avoid injury? Look what happened to Lattimore…he suffered a devastating knee injury at the end of the 2012 season. Now, instead of being a first round draft pick and earning millions, he’s hoping and praying he’ll get drafted by someone who has a little faith in him to recover and be half of what he was at the college level.
I don’t blame Clowney one bit for wanting to be cautious. He will hands down be the first pick in 2014, IF he doesn’t get injured. And if he does play his junior year at South Carolina, you don’t want him to play guarded. That’s exactly when injuries happen.
The South Carolina faithful will be outraged if Clowney chooses to sit out next season. I definitely wouldn’t be happy if the best player on my team sat out. I’d feel a little betrayed. But is this about the school or is this about Jadeveon Clowney’s future? You have to look at it through his eyes and ask yourself if you’d do the same thing. You can’t blame him for thinking about his future.
If you haven’t already, check out this nasty hit Clowney put on Michigan’s Vincent Smith.
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