Jadeveon Clowney's 4.53 official 40-yard dash at the combine today drew plenty of plaudits from NFL analysts but one former track star has also praised the young defensive end.
Maurice Green, a double gold-medalist at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney has said that Clowney was like no other athlete he had ever seen.
"Jadeveon is a freak athlete." Greene told TMZ, "you don't get too many guys with his size and speed. Guys like Jadeveon don't come around that often. If I was a QB in the NFL I'd be worried."
Greene has trained with current NFL stars such as Richard Sherman and Reggie Bush, so he knows exactly what it takes to perform at the next level and he clearly believes that Clowney's athleticism can help his draft status this May.
Maurice Greene won the 100m and was a part of the victorious 4x100m relay at the Sydney Olympics in 2000. He also won a silver and bronze at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. Greene told TMZ Sports that he would still be faster than Clowney in a straight race as he announced his best 40-yard dash time was 3.8 seconds.
Clowney ran a 4.47 second 40-yard dash unofficially which was then officially made a 4.53 this morning in Indianapolis. The defensive end from South Carolina is expected to be drafted in the top 10 in May and there are some analysts who believe he may even be the number one pick.