Clowney on pro day: ‘I feel great about it’

Clowney on pro day: ‘I feel great about it’
April 2, 2014, 11:30 am
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South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (7) sits out the game against the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers with an injury during the second half at Williams-Brice Stadium.

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Jadeveon Clowney didn’t hurt himself during his pro day at South Carolina on Wednesday.

In fact, he might have taken another step toward becoming the first-overall pick to the Texans on May 8. Clowney chose to stand on his 40 time from the Combine but showed fluidity and smoothness in field drills during the grueling workout.

“I feel great about it,” Clowney said to NFL Network. “I think I did good.”

Texans head coach Bill O’Brien, defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel and general manager Rick Smith were in South Carolina to attend the pro day. Crennel even took a turn running Clowney through some field drills.

“Well, I thought he had a good day,” O’Brien said to ESPN. O’Brien also added that the Texans met with Clowney on Tuesday night in South Carolina.

O’Brien seemed impressed with Clowney’s flexibility. He also talked about the possibility of Clowney being moved around in the NFL, playing defensive end and outside linebacker.

“If your gonna play (Clowney) at outside linebacker, he's gonna have a lot to learn,” O’Brien said. “But that's not his fault, he was a four down lineman at South Carolina.”

One of the main knocks against Clowney during this pre-draft process has been about his work ethic. But O’Brien was asked by ESPN about Clowney’s work ethic and motor and the Texans’ head coach didn’t seem concerned.  “I don't have any concerns about his motor,” said O’Brien. He also said there are 90 plays in a college game and anyone would be “hard-pressed” to find a player who played all of them like “their life depended on it.”

Clowney said he wants to work to become the best player he can be, a player who will eventually retire as an all-time great and talked about forever. He hopes that starts with being the first-overall pick in May.

Did he do enough to prove that he should be the first pick?

“I hope so,” Clowney said. “I think I showed them I’m a fighter, I'm going to push through everything they throw at me. That's really what it's about. Show them you've got what it takes.”