MNF Review: Disruptive defensive ends
October, 29, 2013
By Steve Muench | ESPN Insider
AP, Icon SMIJadeveon Clowney and Aaron Lynch could be disrupting NFL offenses at this time next year.A seemingly overmatched St. Louis team gave Seattle a scare Monday thanks in large part to Rams DEs Robert Quinn and Chris Long, who accounted for six of the Rams' seven sacks and gave Seattle QB Russell Wilson fits. Yes, the Seahawks were without both starting offensive tackles, but Quinn and Long's performances were impressive nonetheless. It got me thinking about two talented, draft-eligible pass-rushers who compare favorably.
Watching Quinn work inside reminded me of South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney working against Tennessee a couple of weeks ago. Both are so quick shooting inside that offensive tackles have a hard time staying in front of them when they attack the B-gap, and interior offensive linemen have a tough time getting into position when these two stunt inside. In addition, both have the initial quickness, torso flexibility and closing speed to beat offensive tackles around the edge as Quinn did on his third sack of the night.
Quinn also showed an above-average motor and the ability to recover when he didn't initially win. While Clowney's effort has been scrutinized more than any other defensive prospect I've evaluated, I disagree with the assertion that Clowney doesn't play hard and can't make the same kind of plays based on his tape.