SDS is continually counting down the top 25 players in the SEC for 2013, and we’re not stopping until we get to No. 1. I know you’ll agree with every single one…
No. 19 Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina (JR)
2013 stats: 40 tackles, 11.5 TFL, 3 sacks, 9 QB hurries, 1 FF
Why he’s No. 19: Compare 2013 Jadeveon Clowney to 2012, and the numbers are significantly less. Clowney recorded 23.5 TFL in 2012, along with 13 sacks. He made 12 less tackles for loss and 10 less sacks in 2013.
However, he still disrupted offenses throughout the season.
When Clowney wants to be, he’s the top player in the country at his position. He’s an explosive player who uses his explosion to jump past offensive tackles and run down quarterbacks once they desert the pocket. Offenses scheme around Clowney unlike last season. That’s not the complete reason his numbers dropped, but it tells part of the story. He struggled, though, disengaging blocks when he didn’t explode past offensive tackles.
He played through sickness and minor injuries the entire season, often landing him to be criticized everyday. Obviously the player Clowney has grown into being has such a high upside in the NFL, and his talent and ability can’t be questioned.
However, what will be questioned (and already is) is his desire and work ethic. He truly could be unstoppable, but does he truly want to be the best player at his position? It’s fair to critique Clowney in this area.
Top 25 player rankings:
- No. 20: LSU WR Jarvis Landry
- No. 21: Ole Miss DB Cody Prewitt
- No. 22: Missouri CB EJ Gaines
- No. 23: Georgia LB Ramik Wilson
- No. 24: Missouri WR Dorial Green-Beckham
- No. 25: LSU QB Zach Mettenberger
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