Former South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney alleviated some concerns about his work ethic by showing up to his pro day earlier this month in the best shape of any of the defensive linemen.
Apparently at least one NFC scouting director is convinced Clowney won't be giving the effort necessary to succeed in the NFL, though. He described Clowney as "spoiled" and "lazy," according to an nj.com report.
"He's never worked hard a day in his life, now all of a sudden you're going to give him a bunch of money and expect him to work hard. I don't see it," he said, per the report.
Despite the continued critiques of Clowney's motor, the Houston Texans might make him the No. 1 overall pick at next month's draft. Texans head coach Bill O'Brien said after Clowney's pro day that he had "absolutely" no concerns about his work ethic, and, even if Houston does pass on him, NFL Media analyst Charles Davis has said he doesn't see Clowney being drafted any lower than No. 3 overall to the Jaguars.
The NFC scouting director agreed that Clowney will be picked early, but he also indicated drafting the star player will be a decision the team that drafts him will regret.
"Oh, he's going to be a high pick," he said, according to the report. "Some team will fall in love with him. But wait and see, just wait and see. I just don't think you can count on him.
"I'm betting the under on him."
Maybe this scouting director works for the Rams, who hosted Clowney on a visit Friday, and this is his way of trying to dissuade the Texans from taking Clowney so he falls to St. Louis, which holds the No. 2 overall pick. We don't know what "the under" is on Clowney, but we suspect plenty of NFL teams would be willing to take him up on that bet and gamble on Clowney's potential greatness.
An NFC scout was quoted as saying in the same nj.com story that Clowney is "going to be a top pick and he's going to be worth it."