Posted February 24, 2014

Jadeveon Clowney runs 4.53 40-yard dash at 2014 NFL combine

2014 Scouting Combine, NFL Draft, NFL draft 2014
Jadeveon Clowney runs 4.47 40 at 2014 NFL combine: 'I want to be one of the greatest of all time," Jadeveon Clowney said. "And the NFL is the next stepping stone.'

‘I want to be one of the greatest of all time,” Jadeveon Clowney said. “And the NFL is the next stepping stone.’ (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Jadeveon Clowney guaranteed that he would run a 4.4-second 40 time in Indianapolis. He fell short of that figure, but it was still pretty impressive.

The South Carolina defensive end logged a 4.53 in his first attempt Monday morning at the scouting combine, faster than Johnny Manziel and a time that would have made him the 14th-fastest running back at the combine. Kent State running back Dri Archer has logged the fastest 40 time at the combine thus far with a 4.26, shy of Chris Johnson’s combine record of 4.24.

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Clowney has been a man on a mission in Indy, a mission not to just be the No. 1 overall pick, but one of the all-time NFL greats. “I want to be the best,” Clowney said Saturday. “I want to be one of the greatest of all time, and the NFL is the next stepping stone.”

Here’s video of Clowney’s first and fastest run:

43 comments
tebranded
tebranded

4.4 is the dumbest person in the world right now. Tell u this u go out and and run that same time and u will have my up most respect but until then, shut up.. #respect # dedication

tebranded
tebranded

To anyone has something negative to say about a DL that's almost 270 running a

weir6
weir6

hey ran a 4.47.. why does SI keep reporting the 4.53 number? 

FilippeLee
FilippeLee

he wasn't as big as advertised.  almost size as Vernon gholston with simlar speed.  

brunoboyzzz
brunoboyzzz

Clowney is a once a generation talent and his combine proves that potential.  The problem is that he has major character questions.  His 2013 season lack of production proves that.  Somebody is going to take a major risk drafting this guy. 

Matthew W
Matthew W

Guaranteeing what he can't guarantee...

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

The combine exists only so the NFL can continue to cram its product down our throat even though the season is over. It is successful in doing so. But the combine is still a waste of time. Like 'reality' TV. You might as well watch 'Swamp People'. It's all for the same audience. 

Sportsfan18
Sportsfan18

Better start shutting your trap clown...  you couldn't even back up your boasts on just a 40 yard dash that you knew was coming and that you trained and prepared for.


I don't want to hear about this greatest thing you're talking about because evidently you don't know how fast you can even run...


Wait, wait, wait... i got it!  It was your agent!  Yep, you'll investigate and blame it on him and then fire him! He was telling you that you were running 4.4's in practice and that he was sure you could get into the 4.3's...


Why is it your agent's fault?  Because it sure as heck CAN'T be your fault... right clown?

a52wkhi
a52wkhi

"" The South Carolina defensive end logged a 4.53 in his first attempt Monday morning at the scouting combine""

Video shows 4:47, not 4:53. 

JohnnyDee1
JohnnyDee1

40 time...most useless stat...Let's see how fast you run out of pads and a helmet...ohhh wearing Under Armor Performance Gear...

PWINGS
PWINGS

To me, the Combine is theater. It's rehearsed performance, without pads or competition, in front of a small, controlled audience. Poor performance is probably more revealing than exceptional performance because of how much is at stake unless the candidate is an "unknown" from a small school for whom there may be little game tape. 

It's like the political debates before an election. It may give a glimpse of the candidate's potential, but it's not nearly as important as what that candidate (football or political) did in game conditions against real opponents. It's NOT an indication of what they actually accomplished. It's a suggestion of what they COULD do and NOT what they DID or WILL do. For examples, see Ryan Leaf, Tony Mandarich and Vernon Ghoulston. 

As for Jadeveon Clowney's "safe" performance last year, "let the buyer beware"! (Remember Albert Haynesworth?) To me, he could well be the 2014 version of JaMarcus Russell! If Al Davis were still alive, he'd trade up to draft him # 1.

Of course, all he needs is for one of the teams with a high pick to be impressed.  If Clowney doesn't screw up, he won't get past Washington in the draft.

 

StevenDucre
StevenDucre

People question whether he played hard last year...valid question.  People questioned whether he was committed to his team last year or saving himself...valid question.  But his work ethic? I doubt you can look like that and move like that without actually putting in a lot of work.  If this guy just fell out of bed at 266, all muscle, and running in the 4.4s, don't just sign HIM, hell go get his parents and put THEM under contract too.....

sunalsorises
sunalsorises

He would have run it faster if someone had paid him to do so.

Cougarblue
Cougarblue

Like it or not he will be a top 5 pick only slightly more certain than placing him in the top 3. He got such a PR push prior to his 2013 that people expected he could run a 4.0 flat 40, walk on water, while leaping over tall buildings on a single bound. It took a single game in which he was a non-factor to burst his balloon with me but the writers just can't stop trying to force fed the fans that they were right and he is God's gift to football. His ego and immaturity are somehow being ignored by the GM 's and player personal folks. The writers don't pull their ideas out of thin air but by hearing from "buddies in the biz", the guys who will be picking the draft. I see him as a problem child likely to overstate injuries, get PO'ed at the way he's being used and "forget" practices and team meetings, and possibly hold out for more money than the pick(s) above him. We'll see who's right by next February.

Cougarblue
Cougarblue

They can only cram if our mouths are wide open and we're willing. If there wasn't the interest you wouldn't see the stream of reports coming out of Indy. I hope your critical remarks are not just directed at the rest of us, but to yourself, you took the time to read the article and write a response without having a gun held to your head.

Zero1337
Zero1337

@Rickapolis  The combine is 20+ years old, it never used to be televised or even reported about unless someone did something amazing. Even to this day its never really changed much except to allow cameras so the nfl can make money off of it, that said its still a tool for nfl scouts and coaches to study prospective draft picks.


TLDR your idiot.

al321
al321

@Sportsfan18  it's actually funny how much of a stereotypical idiot you are

evil.aaronm
evil.aaronm

@Sportsfan18  I get your point - I don't like narcissistic big mouths, either - but .07 seconds isn't that far off.

WilliamCross
WilliamCross

Haha! A "lie" or an update? It's being reported elsewhere that 4.47/4.48 were unofficial. Now release the hostages and we'll try to get you your meds.

Roofer33
Roofer33

@PWINGS  ..."won't get past Washington " . What are you talking about Washington doesn't have a 1st RD pick ???

Zero1337
Zero1337

@PWINGS  Jamarcus Russell had no production in collage at all to merit his #1 Status, he was just a physical freak. Clowney on the other hand had incredible production in his freshman year and hasn't even remotely tried to hide that he was just trying to avoid injury in his sophomore year.


Also while yes, the combine is a rehearsed performance, what does it say about the players who have weak performances then? that they don't care enough to even try and improve their draftstock? 

TheGodThatFailed
TheGodThatFailed

@StevenDucre  There's a lot more to work ethic in the NFL than just getting into the weight room. There's film study and working on your technique, just to name two. You can have a great body and be really athletic and fall flat on your face in the NFL, where everyone you're playing against is also big and strong. That's the issue that everyone is interested in: is he willing and able to put in the mental work to get better at his position. Up til now, he's dominated, in large part due to the fact that he was just a lot bigger and more athletic than everyone he played against. In the NFL, that's a lot harder to do.

WilliamCross
WilliamCross

I think everyone is glad you weighed in to validate their questions. Thanks internet justification genie!

PWINGS
PWINGS

@Roofer33 @PWINGS  You're right. I forgot Snyder traded away all those picks to draft RGIII. I stand corrected.

Sicko123
Sicko123

@Zero1337 @PWINGS Russell wasn't even a Physical Freak, that dude was out of shape the last 2 seasons of his years at LSU. Not only that but he played with Buster Davis, Earl Doucet and Dwayne Bowe at LSU at that time that was probably the best Receiving Group in the Nation. Not only that Russell showed up to the Combine FAT and out of shape. Al Davis RIP but he was a very stubborn Old Man, he should have never taken Russell especially over Calvin Johnson, Adrien Peterson and Patrick Willis

Cool
Cool

@Zero1337 @PWINGS  "and hasn't even remotely tried to hide that he was just trying to avoid injury in his sophomore year."  LMAO.  Maybe you forgot the comments the clown made at the beginning of this years season.  "I trained hard and am not in bad shape."  "I have spurs on my feet and it hurts to run, but I will get surgery done as soon as the season is over."


This clown has been full of excuses for under performances even though coach Spurrier tends to disagree.  He will be out in a couple years because no coach will put up with his attitude and lack of desire to play the game.  

WilliamCross
WilliamCross

Yep, no collage production at all, no pictures, no glue, no nothing!

PWINGS
PWINGS

@Zero1337 @PWINGS   As for Russell, yes, he was a physical freak and the problem with the Combine is that there's always a team who'll be impressed by the freakish performance and overlook the lack of production in a game. Russell and Mandarich were the textbook examples of that.


"....Also while yes, the combine is a rehearsed performance, what does it say about the players who have weak performances then? that they don't care enough to even try and improve their draftstock?"


Yes! That's exactly what it says about them which is what I meant when I said "....Poor performance is probably more revealing than exceptional performance because of how much is at stake...." 

A textbook example of this was Alabama OT Andre Smith whose performance at the Combine was a complete joke because he was so out of shape. But Cincinnati drafted him anyway and has only gotten one good year from him (his contract year) when he was playing for his next contract. So we agree on both points.

PWINGS
PWINGS

@TheGodThatFailed @StevenDucre   "Up til now, he's dominated, in large part due to the fact that he was just a lot bigger and more athletic than everyone he played against. In the NFL, that's a lot harder to do."

I enjoy watching HBO's Hard Knocks every summer showing the routine in an NFL team's training camp. It's always revealing to see how much time the position coaches in the NFL spend teaching BASIC technique to both rookies and veterans for exactly the same reasons you just pointed out. Point well taken!

PWINGS
PWINGS

@Cool @PWINGS@Zero1337  No, quitting on your team is the one thing that would convince the owner that the coach was right after all and there is NO justification for keeping this player on the roster.

Cool
Cool

@PWINGS @Cool @Zero1337   Ok, so there is an exception to the rule you posted : No team is going to allow his salary to count against the cap as "dead money". That's not going to happen unless he openly quits on his team like Haynesworth did in Washington." :  I take this as your long winded way of saying...yeah, I guess I was wrong.

PWINGS
PWINGS

@Cool @PWINGS@Zero1337

Yeah, pretty much. Given the financial investment they made in him, Shanny certainly didn't bench him without consulting and getting Danny Boy's approval. Stars with big contracts are neither signed, benched nor cut without the owner's approval. It's a different set of rules entirely because of the money involved. It's no different than the RGIII draft / injury spectacle or the Sanchez draft / extension with the Jets. There’s too much money at stake to act without the boss's consent. If Shanny’s handling of either RGIII or Haynesworth didn’t meet with Snyder’s approval, it was a bigger factor in his getting fired than his won / loss record.

Laissez faire owners might entrust the coach with that kind of power. “Hands on” owners like Snyder, Al Davis and Jerry Jones simply treat the coach as part of labor, not management. Ask Jerra! For that matter, ask any of the MANY coaches they hired and fired over the years. A revolving door!

PWINGS
PWINGS

@Cool @Zero1337@PWINGS   "....He will be out in a couple years because no coach will put up with his attitude and lack of desire to play the game."

If (when) a team gives him a ton of guaranteed money, the coach will have no choice but to put up with him. When he goes down the road for poor performance, it will be the owner's decision, NOT the coach's. No team is going to allow his salary to count against the cap as "dead money". That's not going to happen unless he openly quits on his team like Haynesworth did in Washington.

Cougarblue
Cougarblue

Russell had legs and escapability nice but the NFL is a passing league and guys who run get hurt. RGIII may never make it through an entire season if his first two years are a good indication. Russell and Vince Young created lots of enthusiasm but accurate passers they were not nor did they appreciate the physical gifts they had or the opportunities they were given. When a guy eats himself out of the league and fails to work hard enough to gain the respect of their teammates you feel like they stole their signing bonus and guaranteed money.

PWINGS
PWINGS

@StevenDucre @PWINGS@TheGodThatFailed  You make a valid point about RB's and their limited careers due to the punishment that goes with their job. With the rookie salary cap and longer rookie contracts, RB's really "took it in the shorts" financially because their career life expectancy is shorter than almost any other position. They left a lot of money on the table with the last CBA. Many of the best ones may not last long enough to play past their rookie contract and see BIG money. That's my fear for Eddy Lacy if they don't get him better blocking.

As for Clowney "going pretty high", there's little doubt of that. As for Clowney being "one of the best of all time" as he said was his goal, that's anything but a certainty.

StevenDucre
StevenDucre

@PWINGS @TheGodThatFailed I think, in a weird sort of way, that NFL teams are GLAD he protected himself last season.  I often hear during the draft process, especially about RBs for example, about how much mileage the college guy already has on him.  Just last year, Montee Ball, the guy out of Wisconsin...he was a "give it to me coach/I'll carry the load" kind of player.  No GM said anything positive about that leading up to the draft.  All the questions were "How much does he have left?" Clowney WAS consistent his first two seasons.  Coaches have film, and they will interview him. I think he will go pretty high.  

PWINGS
PWINGS

@StevenDucre @PWINGS@TheGodThatFailed

The point about Lattimore is well taken. But the problem here is simple: the expectation for exceptional players is consistent, not just occasional, performance at a high level. Teams and teammates have little respect for players they can't count on because of inconsistent effort, particularly if they feel the player put his own interests above those of the team. Spurrier's "lukewarm" praise of Clouney's work ethic is the result of that.

StevenDucre
StevenDucre

@PWINGS @TheGodThatFailed His first two seasons were excellent.  There were GMs saying he was ready for the NFL.  But the rules made him stay another year in college.  This is a guy who saw his teammate, Marcus Lattimore, lose millions getting injured in his last year of college ball.  I can't blame him for protecting his future last season.  Does he need to get better? Absolutely.  Is he ready to play? Most professional evaluators say heck yeah....