The quarterback spot in college football is a coveted role that has always been the most prized in the NFL draft. But other talented players have already been discussed in mock drafts for 2014 as defensive end Jadeveon Clowney of South Carolina was one of the top picks heading into this season, but not anymore.
Clowney was No. 1 in every mock draft this summer but now he ranges anywhere from No. 4 to No. 15 in various mock drafts throughout the football world. This may sound surprising because Clowney was a household name in mock draft conversation and most college fans assumed that he would be one of the first to go. But lately, Clowney has been quite the disappointment.
Some say that the reason for Clowney’s mediocre play is because he is saving himself for the NFL — he only has 12 tackles and 2 sacks in four games. Then he sat out of the game against Kentucky on Saturday because of sore ribs while his other complaints include, a bad shoulder, tummy aches, and a spur in his foot.
It all seems a little fishy to me and Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier also seems confused. At the start of the season he talked positively about his scary defensive end but now he says that if Clowney doesn’t want to play, he doesn’t have to.
If Clowney really is “saving himself” for his professional career, will that affect his odds as the first overall pick? I don’t think an NFL team will see past his current antics. Football celibacy is not exactly a tactic that I would recommend.
Amanda Borges is a contributor to RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter!