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Road to the draft: Jadeveon Clowney

Position: Defensive end
School: South Carolina
Measurements: 6-foot-6, 266 pounds.
40 time: 4.53 seconds. Bench press: 21 reps of 225 pounds. Vertical jump: 37.5 inches. Broad jump: 124 inches. 20-yard shuttle: 4.43 seconds.
Career stats: 130 tackles, 47 tackles for loss, 24 sacks, nine forced fumbles.
Draft projection: Top 10 of first round.

Lowdown: A can't-miss prospect since high school, Clowney is thought to be one of the most talented players to come out of college in the past decade, but doesn't come without some concerns. ... Leaves South Carolina after a disappointing junior year in which he dealt with nagging injuries that kept him out of two games and also constant double teams from opposing teams. As a result, he finished with just three sacks, a season after setting the single-season school record with 13. Still, he leaves South Carolina after three years ranking second in school history with 47 tackles for loss and third with 24 sacks. ... Has a rare size-speed combination, with long arms (34 1/2 inches) that help him to overwhelm blockers. ... Has the flexibility to line up anywhere on the line of scrimmage. Absolutely dominant when he wants to be, but his motivation has been called into question at times. Might have been the first pick in the 2013 draft had he been eligible. Ticketed twice for speeding, each time going 30 mph over the speed limit. ... Hometown of Rock Hill, S.C. is the same as Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore.

He said it: "Going into last season I had a lot of high expectations of myself. Things don't always happen like you plan on. I was really trying to break the sack record for us for the next guys coming in. There were a lot of ups and downs but we won 11 games, were 11-2, won our bowl game, finished No. 4 in the country for the first time in South Carolina history, so I was pretty excited about the season. I wasn't worried about my stats really. A lot of game changing went on when we played teams. Quick passes, two-on-one, opposite-side runs, but that happens. I wasn't worried about my stats. I just wanted to win."

The Buffalo News is profiling 50 prospects in 50 days leading up to the NFL Draft, which begins May 8.

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