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2014 NFL draft: Clowney criticised by own coach

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Steve Spurrier did nothing to discourage questions about Jadeveon Clowney's work ethic in a TV appearance on Wednesday.

Asked to evaluate the pass rusher's work rate after three years in the Gamecocks' program, Spurrier might have just put some teams off Clowney even more at the top of the draft.

"He was OK," Spurrier said on NFL Network, implying that Clowney was never the first one in or last player out of the gym or practice field.

"It wasn't like Marcus Lattimore, you know, every player is a little different. His work habits are pretty good, they're not quite like Lattimore, a Stephon Gilmore, Melvin Ingram, some of those guys, but when the ball is snapped he's got something no one else has."

Lattimore's legendary work habits were praised by Spurrier prior to the 2013 NFL Draft and fully endorsed by head coach Jim Harbaugh, whose 49ers drafted Lattimore last April. Lattimore spent the season on injured reserve recovering from a second major leg injury in three years.

Clowney could make headlines at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine.

If he works out as expected, his collective workout numbers are likely to rival some of the best ever at his position and raise comparisons to top combine headline-makers such as Vernon Davis for his rare power, speed and explosiveness all rolled into one incredible physical specimen of an athlete and human being.

The questions about his personality and work ethic won't be diminishing anytime soon though.

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