RTC: Scouts takes on Clowney

February, 7, 2014
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Like Blake Bortles and Teddy Bridgwater and, well, himself, South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney still wants to be the top pick in the draft. Clowney said so to a local newspaper last month, and he reiterated his thoughts on The Dan Patrick Show, this time saying he should be the top pick.

SI.com's Peter Bukowski spoke with people who have scouting eyes about Clowney. One interesting section examines Clowney's production drop from 2012 to 2013.
"The interesting aspect of Clowney is the dynamic change from 2012 to '13," explained former Tampa Bay Buccaneers team operations coordinator Joe Bussell. "When watching Clowney on film last season, teams weren't prepared for the raw brutality that he brought to the game. He destroyed left tackles and left guards when matched up one-on-one. He couldn't be blocked in the run game or the pass game."

But then, Bussell said, Clowney became a victim of his own success. Teams accounted for him with two, and sometimes three blockers. Missouri intentionally ran the ball to the opposite side of the formation from Clowney.

Hey. That sounds familiar.

Yesterday I posted a piece off an interview Wade Phillips did with Nick Wright and John Lopez on Sports Radio 610.

Phillips also checked in with Dale Robertson of the Houston Chronicle yesterday. "Oh, no," Phillips told Robertson. "I enjoy (coaching) too much. I’m hoping somebody will have a bad defense next season, and I’m sure there will be coaches who get fired. I still think I can help someone. Every place I’ve gone they’ve won, at least in the first year." Phillips was pleased with the Seahawks' win over the Broncos in the Super Bowl because of Seattle's 62-year-old head coach and the fact that they won on the strength of their defense.

Tania Ganguli

ESPN Houston Texans reporter

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