University of South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney very well could be the first pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. He even might have been the first pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, if he had been eligible.
And now it appears the talented Gamecock wants to protect his future earning ability. A Clowney representative has contacted an insurance company to purchase a policy worth $5 million, according to FOXSports.com.
There have been suggestions that Clowney sit out the 2013 season to avoid an injury that could cost him millions of dollars. Clowney was on the sideline when teammate Marcus Lattimore suffered a knee injury that certainly will affect his draft stock, and could possibly prevent him from playing again.
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier dismissed any notion that Clowney would sit out the upcoming season.
"Jadeveon likes football. Football players play football ... I think he wants to play. I certainly hope and believe he does. I think he should play for South Carolina this season."
Coastal Advisors, the company contacted by a Clowney associate, has experience insuring college players having insured 35 other top prospects in the past 15 years.
The 6-foot-6, 260-pound Clowney is coming off an impressive sophomore season in which he finished with 13 sacks and 23.5 tackles for losses. He has one more year before he can declare himself eligible to be drafted.