The only thing Jadeveon Clowney has in common with Randy Moss is his height, freakish athletic ability, and southern roots. With that said, an AFC scout still felt compared to compare Clowney’s entrance to the NFL to that of one Randy Moss almost 16 years ago.
According to CBS Sports, the scout has the same questions about Clowney’s flaws and effort that scouts had about Moss when he was coming out of Marshall.
“He’s a modern day Randy Moss,” said an AFC East scout on Clowney. “J.C. doesn’t have the same type of criminal background as Randy did when he was his age, but the dependence on natural talent and problematic effort concerns are very similar. Difference is, Clowney won’t fall out of the top-seven like Randy did.”
The “effort” concerns don’t exist because his statistics dipped in 2013 compared to last season, but rather because he appeared tentative and fatigued too often during his junior year. Was he playing not to get hurt or are there legitimate effort concerns?
“In high school, he was the best player on the field. Same in the SEC,” the scout added. “But he needs to realize that won’t be the case in the league. If he wants to have a career longer than a few seasons, the kid needs to wake up, add some glass to his diet and understand that it’ll take a lot more work during the week.”
I think until you see Jadeveon Clowney compete at the next level, you can’t question his effort or desire. Clowney like a lot of guys in his position watched others around them lose money and draft stock to injury.
Clowney as a pro will get paid to play the sports that I think we all know he loves. Scouts should stop being lazy and simply watch tape to see what his flaws are.
When questioning why Clowney was gassed. How bout we watch tape to see how many offenses decided to speed things up against South Carolina.
Did the teams Clowney played against utilize no huddle or some huddle?
Was Clowney gassed because he had three or four guys per play blocking him?
These are the questions that should be asked.
How can you compare Jadeveon Clowney to Moss when Randy Moss was enrolled in three different universities before ever playing a down.
Jadeveon Clowney has never had a run in with the law. He’s never been deemed a problem child. Journalist and scouts alike should stop being lazy, and actually do some watching of tape if we are going to compare prospects.
And while we are comparing them, Randy Moss became a sure fire Hall of Famer.
I’m sure that took some effort.