Source: Ryan Wilson / CBS Sports
Ah, yes, proof that the NFL Draft is near: The anonymous bad-mouthing has begun. In the days and weeks leading up to biggest spectacle of the offseason, an event that by its very nature is unpredictable, the one certainty is that unnamed NFL front-office types will have less-than-laudatory things to say about those players destined to be early first-round picks.
This year, former South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney finds himself the unwitting target of some shadowy NFL executive, whose words almost certainly have less to do with the truth than impacting Clowney’s draft stock.
“He’s spoiled, and he’s lazy,” an NFC personnel man told NJ.com. “He’s never worked hard a day in his life, now all of a sudden you’re going to give him a bunch of money and expect him to work hard. I don’t see it.”
Uh-huh. And you, mysterious talent evaluator, have no ulterior motives. Like, say, hoping your very public observations play some role in Clowney’s draft-day slide in the hopes that the team you work for might be in position to take him. Or perhaps it’s just coincidental.
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