College coaches' views on top prospects
May, 7, 2014
By Travis Haney | ESPN Insider
Getty Images, AP PhotoWhat do college coaches think about the NFL outlook for Clowney, Watkins and Mack?After an active few months of debate and dissection, draft week has (finally) arrived.
What are college coaches expecting from some of the best players they coached and coached against? Here are thoughts on Jadeveon Clowney, Johnny Manziel and the rest of the top 10 in Todd McShay’s Mock Draft 6.0.
1. DE Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina
Outside of Johnny Football, there is no draft prospect whom college coaches are talking about more than Clowney. And that’s especially the case in SEC country. Opponents were terrorized by Clowney for a couple of years, and then he had limited impact as a junior. Speculation as to why has been bandied about for months, including by the college coaching world.
Was Clowney holding back? Will that top gear return this fall? Was it simply that he got worn down by constant double- and triple-team blocks? College coaches are mostly of the opinion that the 2012 version of Clowney will be back -- and then some.
Coach No. 1: “If [the Texans] don’t take him, someone will get fired. They can’t take a chance on a quarterback with him out there.”