After stellar NFL combine workout, Clowney shined again on Wednesday at his pro day with his tempting blend of speed, power, agility and versatility.
One of the notable things on display at the workout, which was heavily attended by NFL heavyweights — including Texans head coach Bill O'Brien and defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel — was his movement skills in linebacker drills. Scouts asked Clowney to stand up, and he moved very well up as well as down in the D-line portion of the workout. That might be enough to convince the Texans to make him the top pick.
Time to lock in on Clowney with first pick on ALL of your mock drafts unless texans trade back. Can drop in coverage and is conditioned— Lance Zierlein (@LanceZierlein) April 2, 2014
Speed to power really is Clowney's bread and butter. Unreal in that area.— Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) April 2, 2014
The lower body flexibility and overall agility Clowney shows for his measureables (6055,266) are rare. Making it look easy out here.— Kevin Weidl (@KevinW_ESPN) April 2, 2014
As for the specifics, Clowney weighed in at 266 pounds — the same as he did six weeks ago at the NFL combine. His Wednesday workout didn't include the 40-yard dash or the bench press, but those were not needed. Instead, he ran a battery of drills that wowed scouts and coaches alike, including Crennel and Jim Washburn, both of whom worked him out on the field.
One drill involved Clowney standing broad jumping over seven bags. Another involved him running the horn and picking up tennis balls along the way, showing off his edge-bending skills, agility and balance. Impressive stuff. Check it out:
Even after that, though, the Texans were not surprisingly keeping their future plans close to the vest.
Texans coach Bill O'Brien after Clowney Pro day says still wide open what to do with top pick. No concern over Clowney work ethic.— David Newton (@DNewtonespn) April 2, 2014
A pro day workout won't, and shouldn't, be a deciding factor in a vacuum of whether a team should draft a player. But if this was the icing, the Texans just might have a cake waiting for Clowney on May 8. (Or something like that.)
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