Tuck: I'd Take 20 NFL Pass Rushers Over Jadeveon Clowney
Georgia coach Mark Richt on Jadeveon Clowney: "I would say Clowney is the best football player in the world though. Seriously, I think he might be the very best player who exists today at any level."
The week before the Bulldogs play the Gamecocks, I could see him saying something this silly. But a month before the season starts? I like Clowney a lot. It's truly laughable to suggest he is the best player, and I say that with all do respect. Best case scenario is Richt is premature in his analysis. I won't even bother listing all the other players at all the other positions, which would be numerous, that I'd rather have right now.
Let's be perfectly clear, I am speaking about who I'd want on my NFL team, right now, playing OLB/DE. Not the next 10 years, not the next 5, not factoring in contracts or any of that. Just simply a list I very quickly compiled of DE/OLB types I'd rather have right now playing for me.
That's 27. I'll stop there. Let me also remind you, as great as Clowney is, there were 7 players that has as many or more sacks than him last year in college football. He only forced 3 fumbles and recovered one a season ago. And he only had 54 tackles (23.5 for loss) and never more than 7 tackles in any one game.
Jadeveon Clowney is awesome. This isn't a rip column on him. It's a reminder of how many great players play in the NFL, and how off-base Mark Richt was in his assessment.