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Clowney plans on being gone by time Raiders pick at No. 5

Finding a legitimate every-down pass rusher is on Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie’s lengthy to-do list this offseason.
South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is an intriguing candidate, assuming he’s available when the Raiders pick in the first round of the draft in May.
The Raiders hold the rights to the No. 5 pick. Clowney, 6-foot-5 and 266 pounds, is confident that he will be long gone by the time the Raiders pick.
“You watched the Super Bowl. Defense wins championships,” Clowney said in response to why he should be selected by the Houston Texans at No. 1.
Clowney met with the media Saturday at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis on Saturday in advance of his on-field workouts. The Raiders no doubt were among the teams paying close attention to everything Clowney said.
He intends to bolster his case for being a top pick, if not the first, by running a 4.4-second 40-yard dash, a time usually reserved for wide receivers and running backs.
The Raiders most accomplished pass rusher last season was end Lamarr Houston. He is slated to become an unrestricted free agent unless the Raiders re-sign him between now and March 11, the start of free agency.
If Clowney performs well in the 40-yard dash, as well as other drills, in Indianapolis, that might force McKenzie to re-sign Houston or another proven end in free agency, just in case Clowney isn’t around at No. 5.
Clowney arrived in Indianapolis surrounded by questions about his work ethic and desire to play hard every down. No one doubts his ability.
He countered by saying, “I want to be one of the best. I want to be one of the greatest of all time.”
Earlier this week, South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier fueled the speculation about Clowney’s work ethic lacking by saying Clowney wasn’t the hardest worker.
To that, Clowney said: “Once I get to the NFL, my career is going to go up.”
Raiders coach Dennis Allen said the Raiders scouts do their due diligence on all draft prospects.
“You can tell a guy’s work ethic by the way he plays the game,” Allen said in an interview with Sirius radio in Indianapolis. “It’s visiting with former high school coaches, former trainers, former equipment people, just trying to dig as much as you can into the background of that particular player to find out little bit more about them. Obviously, we’re going to spend some time with these guys in the interview process.”

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  • RaiderReloader

    Time will tell

  • marks hair

    Long gone

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Clowney, Robinson, Mack, Matthews, Watkins, or Barr at #5 overall.

    These are all elite prospects, blue-chippers, high ceiling, playmakers, who will be in multiple probowls.

    We do not pass on these players for the QBs available in this year’s draft.

  • marks hair

    They should start the combine with wide receiver 40′s

  • HELLSBELLS

    We have zero chance of drafting Clowney.

  • J Hill

    Did you watch the Lakers last night?

    Bazemore will bump your boy Marshall right off the roster.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Good. Dude has major bust potential.

  • marks hair

    He’s not a point

  • The Beeeeech Dawg

    * REPOSTING DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND *

    Yo, whut up Brahs

    The Zen Dawg has a SICK sat planned, got a few MAJOR ho’s on the way over to chill at the pool, then I’ll be leading a master yoga class

    Don’t have my license, but I guess my reputation for understanding the flow of consciousness in reggae style music makes up for it

    After that, probably enjoy some vegan mai tais in the hot tub before heading upstairs for a group shower

    That’s where the fun begins, the Lawg (a full 15 inches) makes his first appearance of the night

    And his last, before he disappears into a black hole of never ending va-jay-jay, shout out to MLK, Jr.

    REPRESENT JAMAICAN FRESHNESS

  • marks hair

    And Marshall looked great. I watch every game and every announcer jumps on his sack by the end of the game.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Yes! Best news I’ve heard all day.

  • J Hill

    He can play both spots as he did last night.

    Brooks looked good too.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Ebron hurt. Guess Reggie takes him now.

  • HELLSBELLS

    Yea who wants a great pass rusher in today’s NFL?

  • J Hill

    One trick pony.

    No D and no shot off the dribble.

  • marks hair

    Brooks and bazemore will take meeks, Johnson and blakes minutes though.

  • HELLSBELLS

    They all have bust potential.

  • marks hair

    His d was fine. and he is only 22.

  • Dakota

    Pass rusher might be the deepest position in free agency. No problem if Clowney is gone.

  • The Beeeeech Dawg

    there was no popular demand for that repost

  • J Hill

    I don’t hate him.

    Just would like to see him develop a shot.

    Bazemore is way ahead of him defensively and as a scorer from that position.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Purvisman: While I like Pabst, beer is the one thing I WONT budget. I’ll buy generic groceries, I’ll stop only at the cheapest gas stations, but I drink the beer I want. If I’m in the mood for Gennesse cream ale (local beer) for $16 a case, then fine. But if I’m craving Grolsch for $42 a case, I’ll buy that. Money is no object when it comes to beer.

  • J Hill

    No way he busts. Might not be a HOFer, but he will be damn effective at the least.

  • HELLSBELLS

    We know by some of your posts.

  • marks hair

    Bazemore didn’t play one secone of point guard…

  • 0ak R8rs

    What about his stats last year and his freshman year says he’s a great pass rusher? What about the opinions of his HC for the last 3 years says he’s got character? Fck that clown.

  • Chino

    Not sure why they’re hesitant about Michael SAMs size. Bigger than Robert Mathis and similar to Dwight freeney. They worked out just fine.

  • marks hair

    48% from 3 for Marshall

  • The Beeeeech Dawg

    Very interesting, Oak Dork. What’s your philosophy on hemorrhoid creams?

  • 0ak R8rs

    Bust. No way he gets the big second contract. Probably be cut by whoever takes him in year 3 for “actions contrary to team continuity” or some sht like that. He’s a bum. He’s got no heart. He’s got no desire. He’s got no sense of team loyalty. He’s all about the buck.

  • J Hill

    Sure he did.

    Played Blake’s role.

    Stu commented on it plenty.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Haha. Clowney sucks.

  • J Hill

    Set shot that hast to wide open,

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Yeah, you’ve got a point. Guys who finish 361st in the nation for sacks don’t come along every day…

  • HELLSBELLS

    Ever drink any Anchor Steam?

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    Earlier this week, South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier fueled the speculation about Clowney’s work ethic lacking by saying Clowney wasn’t the hardest worker.
    To that, Clowney said: “Once I get to the NFL, my career is going to go up.”
    *************************************
    LOL….yeah OK Clown man

  • J Hill

    If he’s all about the buck, he’ll do what he needs to do to get to contract #2.

  • The Beeeeech Dawg

    When did they start measuring weiners at the combine

  • Dakota

    forget something?

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    Ir Los Lakers

  • 0ak R8rs

    He won’t see the long term. Too stupid. Guys like him only care about instant gratification. He will get frustrated and take his eyes off the prize. He won’t make it to the big contract. He might still be in the league, but he gets a one year contract from his new team in year 5. And that’s his best case scenario IMO.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Fine. How about Khalil Mack, who set all-time NCAA records for Tackles For Loss and Forced Fumbles?

  • 0ak R8rs

    No. Never heard of it? Local beer? Because I’m east coast.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Idk. But at least you have a reason to watch now.

  • Chino

    Anybody watching the combine see raiders personnel? Me neither..

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    West Coast beer. Go to Mo’s in Florence, Oregon, and they use old Anchor Steam bottles for their salt and pepper shakers.

  • The Beeeeech Dawg

    Ha Ha, tricked you Oak Dork. You just admitted you love weiners

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    Was listening to Dari and Mel this morning, and a caller called in from Detroit, and said that locally the word is that the Lions are trying to trade Nick Fairley, and mentioned specifically that they rumor was offering him and the #10 overall to move up to #5.
    Kiper said that if he was the Raiders he wouldn’t do it. Major character issues. Food for thought.
    Go Lakers.

  • J Hill

    1st game impression of Bazemore has me thinking you still don’t know Basketball.

  • 0ak R8rs

    They r all there. If you were the media, would you bother showing us?