Jadeveon Clowney draws large NFL audience to pro day

All 32 NFL teams were represented at South Carolina’s pro day, including such dignitaries as the head coaches of the Houston Texans (Bill O’Brien) and Jacksonville Jaguars (Gus Bradley), as well as the general managers of the Jaguars (David Caldwell), Buffalo Bills (Doug Whaley) and Oakland Raiders (Reggie McKenzie).

The very well-attended pro day was held Wednesday outdoors and run on grass inside Williams-Brice Stadium, which was opened up for fans to come and watch the workouts.

Jadeveon Clowney, DE (6-foot-5 5/8, 266 pounds) — Clowney stood on his numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine (where he posted the top 40-yard dash time4.53 seconds — among defensive linemen), and looked very good in the positional drills. He moves easy and shows explosion in the drills. Clowney cemented his lofty position as one of the top 2-3 players in the 2014 NFL Draft class.

Bruce Ellington, WR (5-9 1/4, 198) — Ellington stood on his numbers from the combine (he was a top performer among wide receivers in the vertical jump, short shuttle and 60-yard shuttle). Ellington runs really good routes, and only had one drop during the workout. He is a very good athlete, who also played basketball at South Carolina. Ellington adds to the growing list of wide receivers in this year’s draft who can succeed in the NFL.

Victor Hampton, CB (5-9 3/4, 303) — Hampton ran the 40 in 4.58 and 4.64 seconds, and then stood on the rest of his numbers from the combine. Hampton has excellent coverage skills, moving around really well. However, he has had some off-the-field issues in the past.

Kelcy Quarles, DT (6-3 3/4, 296) — Quarles ran the 40 in 5.03 and 5.06 seconds. He did the short shuttle in 4.70 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.60 seconds. He also had a good pro day, moving around well but fatiguing late in the workout. He probably needs to be in better shape than he was at the pro day.

Connor Shaw, QB (6-0 7/8, 208) — Shaw stood on his combine numbers, and threw really the ball really well on short and intermediate routes. Shaw was very successful at South Carolina and will give NFL teams another quarterback to make a decision on.

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