NFL draft prospect Jadeveon Clowney believes he works 'as hard as anybody'

Anwar S. Richardson
Shutdown Corner

Jadeveon Clowney’s work ethic, or lack of one, has been picked apart by nearly every NFL draft analyst. Clowney has been labeled as lazy and accused of taking plays off. A freakish athlete, but probably not the person who will give an extra effort, especially after obtaining a contract worth millions.

Of course, Clowney disagrees.

Clowney recently spoke with The Associated Press about the criticisms surrounding his motor and believes those observations are inaccurate.

"I think I work just as hard as anybody," Clowney said. "If you pick me and pair me with guys, I'm going to try and outwork them also."

Does this mean Clowney is tired of questions about his effort?

"I've been tired of it, but you have to keep doing it," Clowney said.

Obviously, Clowney does not believe he takes plays off. Even if Clowney did, there is no way he would publically admit that so close to the draft, unless he was not interested in becoming the No.1 overall pick. He gave the right answer, but it does not mean what he said was accurate.

Hall of Famer Warren Sapp, who works for NFL Network, recently questioned Clowney’s work ethic. Sapp was known for always playing hard during his career, but does not see enough passion from Clowney.

"My grandfather taught me something a long time ago," Sapp said. "He said ‘You will never get more money by doing less work. I look at Jadeveon Clowney’s tape and I don’t see a guy that is playing the game with his hair on fire, making plays, running up and down the field sideline to sideline, doing all of the things."

Regardless of the criticism, Clowney is still expected to be a high draft pick, and will be given every chance to prove his naysayers wrong.

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