The news has gone viral: Jadeveon Clowney is set to have surgery on his foot at season’s end. How does this decision affect the star defensive end’s draft stock? Dramatically. Prior to the season, Clowney was considered a lock to be the top overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft and now? He’s a struggling superstar with an apparent foot injury that could dictate how successful his future is.
While it would be ideal to have this surgery news kept on the down-low, it is impossible for such a thing to go unnoticed and NFL teams would find out regardless. However, would getting surgery now as opposed to following the season actually help his draft stock?
In my opinion, he should sit out the rest of 2013 and have foot surgery to fix bone spurs that have been giving him fits through the first three weeks. He openly admitted that the bone spurs have been extremely painful the more he plays and it’s hampering his chance of making an impact on games.
The 6-foot-6, 275-pound athletic freak and Heisman hopeful has said he would have surgery to repair the issue after the South Carolina Gamecocks‘ season — not the correct decision.
This is something that could affect him for a long period of time if he doesn’t get it fixed and could potentially end up with a serious long-term injury if it’s not fixed right away. Before the season, people were saying how he should sit out the entire 2013 season in order to lock up the No. 1 pick in the 2014 draft, but both he and head coach Steve Spurrier laughed it off. Now, it’s looking like that may have been a good idea.
It would be wise for Clowney to have surgery now and recover possibly by the end of the season — it wouldn’t hurt to miss the whole season — and be 100 percent by the time the NFL Draft Combine rolls around. Not sure many teams are happy to hear that Clowney is going to have surgery just month before the 2014 draft.
Clowney is a bit underachieving this season with 10 total tackles, three tackles for loss and two sacks. He had 23.5 tackles for loss and 13 sacks as a sophomore in 2012.