Throughout the 2014 draft process, Jadeveon Clowney has faced immense criticism regarding his work ethic. A polarizing athlete that has many detractors due to his somewhat disappointing 2013 campaign, Clowney set out to silence the critics by making a complete mockery of the 40 yard dash time. Clowney's official 40 time was clocked in at 4.53 which was faster than 26 wide receivers. Yes, I said 26 Wide Receivers.
Keep in mind Clowney is a towering 6-foot-5, 266 pound lineman. His 40 yard time is absolutely astronomical, setting the bar for defensive lineman running the 40. Clowney, often regarded as the best defensive prospect since Julius Peppers of the 2002 Draft, ran .15 seconds faster than "The Freak of Nature" Peppers himself. Adding to the fact that Clowney came in 14 pounds leaner than during the season, he also is now the record holder for a Defensive Lineman running a yard dash 40.
When superimposing Manziel's impressive 4.68 40 time over Clowney's, Clowney left Johnny Football in the dust. In the age of the duel threat Quarterback, Clowney's burst off the line can provide immediate relief to times troubled with facing mobile Quarterbacks. If anything, it's safe to say Johnny Manziel won't be evading Clowney anywhere in the near future. With 40 times similar to the likes of Mike Vick, Colin Kaepernick, and Robert Griffin, his endless motor along with his fast twitch burst will have the potential to be viewed as a QB killer.
A player with his athleticism can get any defensive coordinator giddy, with the amount of creativity you can have with him. If anything, Clowney has silenced quite a bit of the doubters, with his a record setting 40 time and improved physique. There is still ongoing discussion regarding Clowney's mental makeup, as he chose to sit out most of the drills. However, with a stock that already is extremely high, there is no point in risking your value as a guaranteed top 10 pick. His decision to sit out the drills will blow over in the next few weeks when Clowney destroys his competition at his pro day. Clowney is a once in a generation prospect, and we should enjoy his draft process rather than scour for criticism.