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Dee Ford on Jadeveon Clowney: “I’m better”

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It’s an almost unanimous opinion that former South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is the best player in the draft at his position. Maybe the No. 1 player overall.

Don’t tell that to former Auburn end Dee Ford.

“I’m better,” Ford said in a radio interview recently. “Let’s put it like this. People like to talk about size all the time. Size is pretty much overrated in my eyes. You can look at guys like Robert Mathis, Elvis Dumervil,Von Miller. These are 6-2 guys and under.

“People are just looking at the fact that he’s a physical specimen. Honestly if you watch the film, (Clowney) plays like a blind dog in a meat market basically.

“I play with a lot of technique. I watch a lot of film. These are the things I do and it shows up.”

Of course Ford is pretty dead on with regards to Clowney, who at this point is more of an athlete than a football player. For all the hype about the 6-foot-6, 270-pounder who likes like he was carved out of granite, there hasn’t been a whole lot of production to back things up. 

Last year, Clowney had a mere three sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss. Yeah, yeah, he was double-teamed on occasion, blah blah blah. But that doesn’t explain how rarely he showed up in games. Meanwhile, Ford had 10.5 sacks, 14.5 tackles for loss. 

Maybe he’s got a point.

Not that it matters one iota when it comes to the NFL draft. Just as in recruiting, it’s sometimes smarter to go with potential rather than a finished product. Few players in recent history have as much physical potential as Clowney. Ford’s production, while superior, is nowhere near good enough to warrant any team selecting him ahead of Clowney.

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11 Responses to “Dee Ford on Jadeveon Clowney: “I’m better””
  1. noleitup says: Feb 23, 2014 10:39 PM

    Daaaang! Shots fired! Its gonna be fun to watch these guys on sundays.

  2. keltictim says: Feb 23, 2014 10:46 PM

    And what was Clowneys production the year before? Exactly. The double team and blah blah blah can make a big difference.

  3. suprmous says: Feb 23, 2014 11:54 PM

    Hate to break the bad news to ya but there’s more out there than these 2. Damnnnnnn, that l’il fellow Spankey is somethin that’s worth watchin and how he could be overlooked is amazin. I can’t imagine him not goin up top. I still shake my head in amazement when I see the replay of his replays. Woahhhhhhhhh Nellie as Keith Jackson would say.

  4. normtide says: Feb 24, 2014 1:27 AM

    I disagree with what Mr. Ford is saying. But I totality agree with him feeling that way. All these top level athletes should consider themselves to be the best. I don’t know if I would have made the other comments, but then again he was asked and answered. The media always blows these things up because there is little else to talk about. Best of luck to all those at the combine.

  5. louhudson23 says: Feb 24, 2014 5:15 AM

    Ford displays a fine use of logic and cogent analysis. He is a football player. Clowney is a dog. I loved the less than lukewarm Spurrier remarks about Clowney. Obviously,his college coach is less than thrilled about the lack of effort,production and GAF that Clowney gave him…..The game is football and Clowney is not a football player…..he is going to be one hell of a check casher….

  6. jonkybon says: Feb 24, 2014 9:13 AM

    @Keltictim

    LOL

    Both players faced double teams. Jones (UGA) led the NCAA in sacks in both 2011 and 2012 despite facing double and triple team blocking on most EVERY play. So Clowney needs a superior athlete on the other side to have slightly above average production? That’s what you’re implying.

    Ford was more productive his in 2012 as well. Ford loves the game and owns a brain, two things the more physically gifted Clowney lacks. Or hadn’t you “herd”?

    Ford never took games off because he was afraid to get hurt. Ford never skipped days and days of film time as the Clownboy did.

  7. jonkybon says: Feb 24, 2014 10:49 AM

    I’d like to add, that Clowney has the potential to be the best Dlinemen to ever play the game based on size, speed and strength. However, I seriously doubt he ever come close as he can not learn complicated defenses that require him to figure out what is happening and make one of several choices to respond (A defense like either Ryan brother runs). He doesn’t have the work ethic to spend hours and hours studying film and translating it onto the practice field. He believes all he has to do is line up and rush the passer. In the 70’s when the Cowboys used to draft athletes and have simple game plans, Clowney would have fit in nicely. In today’s NFL, he lacks anything of substance above the shoulders. IMO I believe Clowney is another Vernon Gholston. For the sake of the NFL, I hope I’m wrong about him as I said above, he has the potential to be special. He should have been special at SC and failed.

  8. nowillrepeat says: Feb 24, 2014 11:04 AM

    The stupidity on this board is alarming.

    Funny how Mr. Ford gets “sick” and “cant workout” after Clowney runs his 4.47.

    Typical.

  9. wareagle1961 says: Feb 24, 2014 11:36 AM

    Clowney: more talent
    Ford: more heart

    We’ll see how it works out on Sundays

  10. jonkybon says: Feb 24, 2014 3:22 PM

    @nowillrepeat

    You do realize that Clowney backed out of everything except the sprint because of a ‘hip flexor’. Just as he called the entire 2013 season in for one lame injury after another (a teammate stepped on his foot causing him to miss an entire game or week one when he spent more time getting oxygen then playing).

    Ford didn’t miss time when it mattered. The Clown didn’t play a single sixty minute game (he missed big chunks in every game he played) the entire season.

  11. realfootballfan says: Feb 25, 2014 6:58 PM

    jonkybon,

    It’s funny that you think the NFL game is that complex. Do you see some of the idiots who excel in that league, and at more demanding positions mentally? And bringing up Steve Spurrier, who is concerned with Steve Spurrier getting another 10 year contract because the kid didn’t want to practice after getting dinged up is weak. Steve Spurrier sure didn’t care what happened to Marcus lattimore once he bent his knee backward to go with the other blown out knee when he was playing for South Carolina for free. Clowney and Foard aren’t in the same zip code as far as ability. You’ll see, along with any GM who passes on him and gets a lesser player, and I think anyone who takes anyone other than Watkins or Bridgewater with him still on the board (other than the Rams obviously)if they need a QB will be in that boat when you look back on this draft.

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