Jaguars not concerned with Jadeveon Clowney's work ethic reputation

Joe Robbins

Many people have concerns about Jadeveon Clowney taking plays off, but the Jaguars don't appear to be one of those.

The Jacksonville Jaguars will likely be looking to upgrade their pass rush in the 2014 NFL Draft and one of the players who could be on the board when they're on the clock with the No. 3 overall pick is South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.

While Clowney is physically one of the best prospects to enter the draft in a while, there are criticisms about his effort on the field. Some people have noted that he takes plays off, which can be concerning for a potential Top 5 pick but it doesn't appear that the Jaguars are that concerned with it.

"We'll get a chance to visit him in the next couple weeks but I see enough plays where he's playing hard," Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley said at the NFL's owner meetings when asked about Clowney's lack of effort on some plays. "I do see him getting a great rush and making great plays and it's our job as a coaching staff to get that consistently."

Clowney's production at South Carolina, at least on the stat sheet, fell off a cliff from his sophomore year to his junior year, which has been a big factor in questioning his effort. Most feel like he was just going through the motions and making sure he wasn't getting injured prior to heading to the NFL.

"There have been some players who came out of the draft and you questioned their effort at times and when they made the next step to the NFL, then it wasn't a question. You have to take into account," Bradley added. "The number of splash plays he made and the effort plays he does have on tape, that's why he's such a high prospect."

As it stands right now, it doesn't appear like the Jaguars will be deterred from taking Clowney if he's on the board.

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