"On the Hoof: His body is very long and lean, yet muscular, giving him the look of a power forward in basketball. Clowney's arms are so long that he can reach out and surprise ballcarriers. His build is similar to Florida freshman Ronald Powell.
Needs Improvement: Has a tendency to play high and leave himself exposed to offensive linemen. This also leads to him tackling ballcarriers high at times. He is able to get away with this in high school, but that might not be the case at the next level.
Most Impressive: Clowney is explosive off the ball, many times getting by offensive linemen before they can get out of their stance. He has a quick counter-step move if they overset while pass protecting. He has the speed to catch plays from behind and the lateral quickness to move sideline to sideline, devouring ballcarriers. His size and speed combination is just too much for most high school offensive linemen to combat.
Conclusion: Could have an impact early in his career as a pass-rushing specialist while he works his way into the starting lineup full time. Don't be surprised if he ends up being all-conference multiple times.
" — 9/8/2010
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