NFL Draft prospect Jadeveon Clowney has plenty of critics ahead of his big draft day in May, and it seems that the people who doubt him are now getting to him somewhat.
Clowney was a beast in college football for South Carolina and now he aims to do the same in the NFL next season, but he comes to the big league with plenty to prove.
Clowney's weaknesses are not all on-field, with people questioning his practice attitude and temperament.
We will see whether or not he adapts to the NFL, but for now he's certainly fighting his own corner.
“When they say that, I take that as spit in the face, really. I wouldn’t question that about me personally," Clowney explained.
"I love the game and don’t think I take plays off. And I wouldn’t question how much I love it because I wouldn’t be playing this game if I didn’t love it
“I had the opportunity to go to school and play football, and I did. I had the opportunity to sit out last year like everybody was talking about, but I didn’t. I wanted to play football.”
There aren't many players in the NFL that escape criticism completely and with the draft just around the corner, most prospects game film are likely to be getting ripped to shreds by personnel across the league.
This is not a process to undermine these athletes. It's just a process to try and poke holes in what people may see as only mere small weaknesses now.
What are small weaknesses in college can become severe flaws in the NFL, with the expert coaching able to pinpoint and expose those weaknesses for all to see.