Jadeveon Clowney has been a huge name ever since his time at South Carolina. His bone-jarring hit against Michigan put him on the map as a twitchy, physical freak. Those are the type of players the NFL covets.
The reality has never quite matched the hype. While Clowney has been a productive starter, tallying 32 sacks and 75 tackles for loss in his seven year career, he has never peaked at the level expected from a number one overall draft pick.
Some reports imply it’s a motor issue for Clowney. While he possesses superhuman physical abilities, he lacks consistent motivation in practice and in games. There are a number of players like this in all sports, ones who skated through high school and college on freak athleticism and a decent work ethic, but few of those are worth the monster price tag Clowney apparently wants.
Clowney is a big name, so anyone who signs him will get a lot of press because of it. Whether or not he will be a star or simply a productive starter is another question. The Chiefs don’t need him to be a focal point, as they have Frank Clark and Chris Jones for that, so if they can get him for the right price he might be a great fit.