After leaving the football world in awe with his 40-yard dash time, South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney decided to skip the on-field drills for defensive lineman at the NFL Combine. Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk reports Clowney told NFL Network's Willie McGinest the reason he skipped the on field drills was because he was experiencing hip flexor tightness.
Despite the hip flexor, Clowney said he still planned to participate in the vertical leap and the broad jump drills. Before sitting out the on-field drills, the 6'5" 266 pound defensive lineman caught the football world by storm when he ran an unofficial 4.47 in the 40-yard dash. It was the fastest 40 time ever for a defensive lineman. At the 2012 Combine, Seattle Seahawks defensive end Bruce Irvin ran a 4.50 40 weighing 245 pounds. Clowney's size makes his record setting performance that much more impressive.
Clowney is widely considered the most talented player in this year's draft, and he has freakish athleticism that only comes around once in a generation. The one downside to Clowney however, is some scouts question his work ethic, saying that he doesn't work hard on every single play. Before his medical reason was revealed, Clowney's decision to skip the on-field drills could have been alarming for some NFL teams. However, what he has done to opposing offenses on film should definitely outweigh what he hasn't done to a bunch of tackling dummies in Indianapolis.