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Report: Falcons looking to move out at pick 6

Posted by Chris Brown on April 28, 2014 – 9:29 am

According to’s Ian Rapoport the Atlanta Falcons are plotting ways to move out of their pick at sixth overall in the 2014 NFL draft.

The Falcons hosted South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney on a pre-draft visit, which has prompted speculation that Atlanta might be interested in moving up to the top spot in the draft in a trade with Houston. Rapoport reported that no talks have taken place at this point between the two clubs.

Rapoport does indicate however, that the possibility exists for Atlanta to move back to a lower position in the top 10.

Over the weekend we contemplated whether the Bills would make a move up the board and cited Atlanta’s spot at six as a potential target. It’s likely the Falcons will be talking with a host of different teams in the nine days before the draft begins.

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Clowney just part of Rock Hill football factory

Posted by Chris Brown on February 28, 2014 – 9:00 am

Jadeveon Clowney is going to be a top five pick in the 2014 draft in May. He won’t be the first top 10 pick to hail from Rock Hill, South Carolina. That town in the Palmetto State has churned out pro level football talent for years.

Bills former first-round pick Jeff Burris is from Rock Hill, as well as top 10 pick Stephon Gilmore. And last year Buffalo drafted safety Jonathan Meeks, who is also from Rock Hill.

So what’s in the water in Rock Hill?

“I don’t know. Growing up that’s all we know is football,” Gilmore told “It’s a big town, it’s bragging rights, it’s everything. If you play football in Rock Hill you’re playing it as soon as you come out of your mom. So it’s a great thing to do.”

Rock Hill, which has a population of about 70-thousand, has three 4A high schools in town, Southpoint, Rock Hill and Northwestern.

“I went to the newest high school Southpoint,” said Gilmore. “So did Clowney, and you’ve got Northwestern and Rock Hill high. Meeks went to Rock Hill. All the teams are good. I think Northwestern won the state championship again in football so there’s a lot of talent in Rock Hill.”

Meeks went to Clemson while Clowney and Gilmore played at South Carolina.


Gilmore has been counseling Clowney through the pre-draft process. He was his former teammate in both college and high school.

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Top DL 40 times

Posted by Chris Brown on February 24, 2014 – 2:55 pm

Here’s a look at the defensive linemen 40 times from the NFL Combine today (Monday). Not surprisingly, South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney posted the best time in the position group.

1 – Jadeveon Clowney – South Carolina – 4.53
2 -Larry Webster – Bloomsburg St. – 4.58
3 – Howard Jones – Shepherd – 4.6
4 – Jackson Jeffcoat – Texas – 4.63
T5 – Aaron Donald – Pitt – 4.68
T5 – DeMarcus Smith – Louisville – 4.68
7 – James Gayle – Virginia – 4.7
8 – Chris Smith – Arkansas – 4.71
9 – Kareem Martin – North Carolina – 4.72
10 – Jonathan Newsome – Ball St. – 4.73

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DE Clowney on the defensive

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 23, 2014 – 11:50 am

In terms of sheer athletic ability, South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney is near the top of the list of the prospects at the NFL Scouting Combine.

But the doubts about his work habits and approach to the game that cropped up during his final year with the Gamecocks carried over into the NFL Scouting Combine this week. Clowney’s coach at South Carolina threw a couple of logs onto the fire earlier in the week when he talked about the talented defensive end.

Steve Spurrier told the NFL Network “He was OK. It wasn’t like Marcus Lattimore, you know, every player is a little different. His work habits are pretty good, they’re not quite like Lattimore, a Stephon Gilmore, Melvin Ingram, some of those guys, but when the ball is snapped he’s got something no one else has.”

On Saturday, when Clowney met the media at the combine, he was quickly asked about Spurrier’s comments.

“I don’t really have nothing to say about it,” he answered. “I believe I did work hard. You pull out any practice tape from last year, you’ll see that. That’s what I told them. I’ll tell everybody that. I will always be working hard. No matter where I end up I am going to work hard and give a team everything I’ve got.”

Clowney gets a chance to show his stuff in on-field workouts with the linebackers and defensive linemen on Monday.

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Mayock compares Clowney to Mario

Posted by Chris Brown on February 19, 2014 – 8:57 am

NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock was asked for his take on South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney and what questions might still exist. In Mayock’s opinion he sees his physical talent firmly in freak category much like a certain Bills defensive end.

“I know that he’s got the physical makeup to be the best player in the draft,” said Mayock. “Physical make up and if you want to compare him to Mario Williams, I think he’s a better football player with more upside than when Mario came out of college and he was obviously the first pick.

“From a physical skill set this kid is as freaky as they come. He plays a position of critical importance in today’s NFL, which is an ability to get to the quarterback. He can play multiple places on the defense. So all those things check off. My biggest concern is what is his mental makeup? How important is it to him when he gets a big paycheck to become the best player in football of is he just going to be happy to be a millionaire. So that’s the biggest checking point for an organization is finding out what the motivation and what kind of kid they’re going to get. You know the kind of football player he is when motivated. I just would want to know what kind of kid I’m getting.”

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