After much was made about his modest bench press performance (even if it wasn't completely unexpected and doesn't really matter and was in line with several current elite NFL pass rushers), former South Carolina defensive end and potential #1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney quieted naysayers by posting an unofficial 4.47 in the 40 yard dash. The official time may be in the 4.5 range, but, still:
That's really fast and it's almost like every NFL scout knew something the the Haters didn't.
The American Haters Union declined comment, but has since released a statement:
"imo clowney is v overrated not eleet only benchd 21x typical of espn hype machine,, not impresed w 40 time i mean i culd run a 4.4 to if i was runin from my past, obv has char issues and a high risk pick out of league in 4 yrs imvho"
Here's what Clowney's 40-yard dash looks like when it superimposed over that of noted really fast person Johnny Manziel:
Twitter was quick to recant its skepticism of Jadeveon Clowney's top-prospect bona fides:
Clowney runs a 4.47 unofficial in the 40. #wow— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) February 24, 2014
Clowney goes 4.47 unofficial. That's amazing.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) February 24, 2014
Clowney should run his second 40 with an entire village of starving children on his back and steaks waiting for them at the end.— Jacob (@ohholybutt) February 24, 2014
Clowney's 10 yd of 1.56 is awesome. Speed to power for days— Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) February 24, 2014
Freakish talent!!— Deke Adams (@CoachDekeAdams) February 24, 2014
Like what are we even doing? Pick Clowney.— Michael Felder (@InTheBleachers) February 24, 2014
Clowney should have just kept running right out of the building.— Jacob (@ohholybutt) February 24, 2014
An unofficial 4.84 for Kony Ealy. Less than good by comparison to Clowney.— Dan Kadar (@MockingTheDraft) February 24, 2014
Clowney will run faster at pro day— Mike Davis (@Mike28davis) February 24, 2014
Alshon Jeffery (@AJJeffery1) February 24, 2014
Yal see that boy Clowney... Shut em up big dog!!! #itsagamecockthing— Jared Cook (@JaredCook89) February 24, 2014
!!!! RT @SBNationCFB: 266-pound Clowney's unofficial 4.47 40 would've finished sixth among this year's *running backs*.— Pete Volk (@Pete_Volk) February 24, 2014
Witnessed him go 4.48 at 6am last spring. 4.47 at 9am isn't surprising at all. #1stPick— Dylan Thompson (@DT_ONE_SEVEN) February 24, 2014
Jadeveon Clowney is made of different stuff than you and I like I think he might be pure uranium or something.— Jacob (@ohholybutt) February 24, 2014
4.47 for Clowney? Holy hell— TomahawkNation.com (@TomahawkNation) February 24, 2014
The ebb & flow critique of Clowney is laughably predictable. One day tear him down, next build him up. Has always been the best prospect.— Michael Haney (@Haney1075) February 24, 2014
Meanwhile, Clowney's work ethic somehow still remained the subject of scrutiny on your television sets. Former NFLer Stephen White points out why that's stupid.
Disagree with this whole exchange. Shitty technique does not equal not going hard. Clowney goes hard, plenty— Stephen White (@sgw94) February 24, 2014