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College: South Carolina
NFL Draft: 2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
Career history

Career highlights and awards

  • Pro Bowl (20162018)
  • Second-team All-Pro (2016)
  • 2× First-team All-American (2012, 2013)
  • 2× First-team All-SEC (2012, 2013)
  • SEC Defensive Player of the Year (2012)
  • Ted Hendricks Award (2012)
  • Second-team All-SEC (2011)
  • USA Today High School All-American (2010)
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Jadeveon Clowney is an American football defensive end who is a free agent. He graduated from South Pointe High School in Rock Hill, South Carolina and played college football at South Carolina. A unanimous College All-American as a sophomore in 2012, Clowney set South Carolina school records in quarterback sacks (13) and tackles for a loss (23.5) per season while also earning Defensive Player of the Year honors in the Southeastern Conference. Clowney was drafted first overall by the Houston Texans in the 2014 NFL Draft.[1][2] He played for them for five seasons, making three Pro Bowls before being traded to the Seahawks prior to the 2019 season.

He is 6'6" and 249 lbs.


During his high school career, Clowney was often regarded as the best player in his class. ESPN described him as "a special talent who could have vied for the top spot in several previous classes."[3] Both major recruiting services, and, as well as ESPNU, considered Clowney not only a five-star recruit, but also the No. 1 overall prospect of the 2011 class, basically throughout his senior year.[4][5][6] Unsurprisingly, he received scholarship offers from nearly every perennial BCS powerhouse.[7] However, Clowney left his decision open until after National Signing Day of 2011.

In a live broadcast on ESPN on his eighteenth birthday—February 14, 2011—Clowney announced his commitment to South Carolina, selecting the Gamecocks over Clemson, Alabama, Louisiana State, and Florida State.[8][9] He was the third-straight South Carolina "Mr. Football" to sign with the Gamecocks, following in the footsteps of his South Pointe teammate Gilmore, and Duncan Byrnes' Marcus Lattimore.[10] "I wanted to play in the SEC. It was easy," Clowney said. "I knew a week ago. I just tried not to tell anybody."[10] Just days earlier, a story in the New York Times questioned Clowney's academic eligibility,[11] but Clowney told reporters he "had no concerns and would be fine".[9]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Jadeveon Clowney
Rock Hill, SC South Pointe (SC) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 0 pounds (0 kg) 4.6 Feb 14, 2011 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports:5/5 stars    ESPN:5/5 stars
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 1 (DE)   Rivals: 1 (DE)  247Sports: 1 (DE)  ESPN: 1 (DE)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.



Clowney was also on the school's track & field team, where he competed as a sprinter, shot putter and discus thrower. He took ninth in the 100 meters at the 2011 York County Championships, with a career-best time of 11.43 seconds.[12] He recorded a personal-best throw of 14.82 meters in the shot put at the 2011 State Championships,[13] and also ran the fourth leg on the 4 × 100 meter relay squad, helping them earn a third-place finish at 42.86 seconds.[14]

College Career

In three years in South Carolina, Clowney racked up 130 total tackles, 24.0 sacks, 9 forced fumbles and 1 fumble recovered. He was an All-American, Ted Hendricks Award winner, and sixth in Heisman rankings in 2012. However, in 2013 Clowney had a sub-par season. He sat out most games because of a virus.

2014 NFL Draft

Clowney was selected first overall by the Houston Texans.

Professional career

2014 NFL Draft

As early as January 2013, Clowney was projected as a top-three selection in the 2014 NFL Draft.[15] "Clowney's a rare talent, basically to the defensive end spot what Andrew Luck and RG3 were to the quarterback position," said ESPN analyst Mel Kiper, Jr. "These type of prospects just don't come along very often."[1] NFL media analyst Bucky Brooks described Clowney as a “meaner, nastier version of Julius Peppers.”[16] Clowney's injuries, as well as his mediocre performance early in his junior season reportedly did not scare NFL executives.[17][18] Late September 2013 mock drafts still ranked Clowney among the top-two picks.[19][20] After the college season concluded, Clowney was projected No. 4 by Sports Illustrated.[21] In a postgame interview after the Capital One Bowl, Clowney confirmed he was going to enter the 2014 NFL Draft.[22]

At the NFL Combine in February 2014, Clowney excelled in the 40-yard dash, posting an official time of 4.53 seconds, the fastest among defensive linemen,[23] which caused USA Today calling him "by far the most freakish physical specimen in this draft."[24]

All values from NFL Combine[25]
Pre-draft measureables
Ht WtArm lengthHand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 5¼ in 266 lb34½ in10 in 4.53 s 1.56 s 4.43 s 7.27 s 37½ in 10 ft 4 in 21 reps

Houston Texans

2014 season

Clowney was selected as the first overall pick by the Houston Texans in the 2014 NFL Draft.[26] Clowney joined David Carr and Mario Williams as the third player selected first overall by the Texans.[27] He was also the first defensive player selected first overall by any team since Williams.[28][29] On June 6, 2014, Clowney signed a four-year deal worth $22.272 million that featured a $14.518 million signing bonus.[30]

Clowney made his professional debut on August 9, 2014 during the first preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals, where he made a tackle for a loss of 5 yards. During the second preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons, Clowney recorded his first professional sack where he sacked Matt Ryan. Before the third preseason game against the Denver Broncos, Clowney began to experience concussion-like symptoms after a helmet-to-helmet collision with tight end Jacob Tamme during dual practice and did not play for the rest of the preseason.[31]

Clowney made his regular season debut on September 7 against the Washington Redskins, making one tackle for a loss but left the game in the second quarter due to a knee injury.[32] It was later revealed that Clowney had a torn meniscus.[33] He underwent surgery to repair the meniscus on September 8, and recovery time required 4 to 6 weeks. Clowney was placed on injured reserve to undergo further surgery on his knee on December 4,[34] ending his rookie season with seven tackles in four games.[35] It was eventually revealed that Clowney had microfracture surgery.[36]

2015 season

After a spate of injuries the previous year, Clowney did not play in the preseason but returned on September 13, 2015 against the Kansas City Chiefs, making four tackles, of which one was for loss, in the 20-27 defeat.[37] Clowney recorded his first NFL sack in a game against the Miami Dolphins on October 25, 2015.[38] In 13 games (9 starts), he had 40 tackles, 4.5 sacks, and six passes defended.[39]

2016 season

Clowney was named to his first Pro Bowl and awarded First Team All-Pro in 2016.[40] He was also named to The Sporting News All-Pro team for recording 6 sacks, 16 tackles for a loss, 52 total tackles, 1 forced fumble, and 2 passes defensed in 14 starts.[41] On January 7, 2017, in the AFC Wild Card Game against the Oakland Raiders, he recorded his first NFL Interception against Connor Cook, in a 27-14 win.[42] He was ranked 49th by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2017.[43]

2017 season

On April 14, 2017, the Texans picked up the fifth-year option on Clowney's contract.[44]

In Week 2, on Thursday Night Football, cornerback Kareem Jackson caused a fumble on rookie Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver John Ross, which Clowney recovered and took back for 49 yards to set up the Texans offense on a field goal scoring drive. Clowney's play proved important as points were at a premium in the 13–9 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.[45] On September 24, against the New England Patriots. Clowney scored his first NFL touchdown off of a fumble by Tom Brady, in a 36-33 loss.[46] On December 19, 2017, Clowney was named to his second Pro Bowl,[47] but he could not participate due to his knee surgery.[48] He was ranked #32 by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2018.[49]

2018 season

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Clowney in 2018

In Week 4, Clowney recorded four tackles, two sacks, and recovered a fumble and returned it for a touchdown in a 37-34 win over the Indianapolis Colts, earning him AFC Defensive Player of the Week.[50] On December 23, Clowney illegally sacked Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles. He was fined $40,110 for the incident.[51] Overall, in the 2018 season, he finished with nine sacks, 47 total tackles, one pass defensed, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery for a touchdown.[52]

On March 4, 2019, the Texans placed the franchise tag on Clowney.[53]

Seattle Seahawks

2019 season

On August 31, 2019, the Texans traded Clowney to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for Jacob Martin, Barkevious Mingo, and a third-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft (later traded to the Oakland Raiders for Gareon Conley).[54] Clowney made his debut with the Seahawks in week 1 against the Cincinnati Bengals. Clowney sacked Andy Dalton once in the 21–20 win.[55] His first-ever regular season interception took place in Arizona on September 29, 2019 off a screen pass from rookie quarterback Kyler Murray; he returned it to the end zone for a touchdown in Seattle's 27–10 win.[56] On October 3, Clowney forced a fumble from running back Todd Gurley and recovered it as the Seahawks went on to win 30–29 against the Rams on Thursday Night Football.[57] In week 8 against the Atlanta Falcons, Clowney recorded a strip sack on Matt Ryan which was recovered by teammate Ziggy Ansah in the 27–20 win.[58] In week 10 against the San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football, Clowney recorded a strip sack on Jimmy Garoppolo which was recovered by teammate Poona Ford and recovered a fumble forced by teammate Jarran Reed on Garoppolo for a 10 yard touchdown in the 27–24 overtime win.[59] He was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance.[60]

In the NFC Wild Card game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Clowney recorded 5 tackles and sacked Josh McCown once in the 17–9 win. During the first quarter, Clowney made a helmet-to-helmet hit on Eagles' starting quarterback Carson Wentz which knocked him out of the game. Afterwards, the NFL announced it would not fine Clowney for the hit.[61] On January 17, 2020, Clowney was named one of the 2020 Pro Bowl alternates.[62]

NFL statistics

Regular season

Year Team Games Tackling Fumbles Interceptions
GP GS Comb Total Ast Sack FF FR Yds TD Int Yds Avg Lng TD PD
2014 HOU 4 2 7 5 2 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0
2015 HOU 13 9 40 27 13 4.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 6
2016 HOU 14 14 52 40 12 6.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 2
2017 HOU 16 16 59 41 18 9.5 2 3 71 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 2
2018 HOU 15 14 47 38 9 9.0 1 3 0 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 1
2019 SEA 13 11 31 21 10 3.0 4 2 10 1 1 27 27.0 27T 1 3
Career 75 66 236 172 64 32.0 9 8 81 3 1 27 27.0 27T 1 14


Year Team Games Tackling Fumbles Interceptions
GP GS Comb Total Ast Sack FF FR Yds TD Int Yds Avg Lng TD PD
2015 HOU Did not play due to injury
2016 HOU 2 2 3 3 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 1 3 3.0 3 0 2
2018 HOU 1 1 5 2 3 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019 SEA 2 2 12 9 3 1.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career 5 5 20 14 6 1.5 0 0 0 0 1 3 3.0 3 0 2


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