Bill O'Brien: Jadeveon Clowney's work ethic not a concern

How did Jadeveon Clowney do at his pro day on Wednesday? By most accounts, he aced it with a terrific performance.

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock was in Columbia and came away thinking Clowney had more natural ability than anybody that has ever played the position. Despite being the No. 1 recruit out of high school and having tons of praise being heaped on him for years, that still doesn't mean that Clowney is a "perfect" prospect to NFL teams.

Before the workout, two of the biggest questions about him were if he was in good enough physical shape to hold up in the NFL and what his work ethic was like. They were certainly things the Houston Texans contingent, who control the top pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, wanted to answer while at South Carolina's pro day.

Clowney wasn't terribly winded during field drills and looked to be in peak physical shape, to answer that first one.

According to Josh Kendall at The State, head coach Bill O'Brien dismissed the second question entirely by saying he has "absolutely" no concerns about Clowney's work ethic.

That's a good conclusion to reach after researching the best player in the 2014 NFL Draft. Whether it will be enough for Clowney to be the first player chosen, however, remains to be seen.

Despite the impressive performance by Clowney, O'Brien didn't tip his hand as to what direction the team was leaning, saying only that the top pick is still "wide open."

As Chase Goodbread details here though, the team certainly didn't hide the fact that they were thoroughly evaluating the No. 1 player on NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah's Talented Top 50.

So despite what O'Brien said about things still being wide open, perhaps actions spoke louder than words Wednesday.

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