Jadeveon Clowney may have impressed with his speed at the NFL Combine today, but he most certainly does not impress draft rival Dee Ford.
The 6ft 5in 266-pound Clowney posted an unofficial time of 4.47 in his first 40-yard dash, but Ford brushed off these numbers by claiming natural athletic prowess was not as crucial as technique and preparation.
Clowney has been tipped to go first in the draft by a number of people, including Scouts, Inc., but Ford claimed he was the "better" of the two players because of his superior technique and greater time spent studying video.
"I'm better. Let's put it like this. People like to talk about size all the time. Size is pretty much overrated in my eyes," he is quoted as telling SiriusXM radio station by ESPN.
"You can look at guys like Robert Mathis, Elvis Dumervil, Von Miller. These are 6-2 guys and under. People are just looking at the fact that [Clowney] is a physical specimen. Honestly if you watch the film, he plays like a blind dog in a meat market basically."
Ford is also a pass-rushing draft pick and he made 10.5 sacks for SEC champion Auburn, but at only 6ft 2in he does not come close to the kind of physicality possessed by Clowney.
He did not take part in the Combine on Sunday, however, attributing being scratched with a fitness issue connected with back surgery he underwent in 2011, which as highlighted by medical staff at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
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