Tim Twentyman engages Jadeveon Clowney in a game of word association

Posted Apr 16, 2014

What's the first thing that comes to draft prospect Jadeveon Clowney's mind when he hears Detroit?

There isn’t much more that can be written about Jadeveon Clowney that hasn’t already been written over the last three years.

Clowney, the talented defensive end out of South Carolina, was in Allen Park Wednesday visiting Lions coaches and front office personnel as part of the team's 30 allotted pre-draft visits.

So instead of writing an article about him that’s probably been written before, I decided to instead play a game of word association with the potential No. 1 pick in next month’s NFL Draft.

Twentyman: Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley

Ndamukong SuhDT Ndamukong Suh (Photo: Gavin Smith)

Clowney: “Beasts. Total domination duet. Two great athletes. Two great ball players on the same team you don’t want to have a problem with.”

Twentyman: Former teammate Devin Taylor

Clowney: “Strange. An outgoing person who shows his true colors to everybody.”

Twentyman: Detroit

Clowney: “Cold. I got off that plane and I was freezing.”

Twentyman: Quarterbacks

Clowney: “I hurt them. What can I say?”

Twentyman: Ziggy Ansah

Clowney: “Fast and explosive.”

Twentyman: Jim Caldwell

Clowney: “Laid back. I think he’s a great coach. From getting to talk to him I think he’s a great guy too.”

Twentyman: The best player in the 2014 NFL Draft

Clowney: “You’re looking at him.”

Twentyman: Speed

Clowney: “Me again.”

Clowney, 6-foot-5, 266 pounds, is widely considered the best player available in May’s draft. If the Lions are truly interested in acquiring the talented pass rusher’s services for the foreseeable future, they’ll have to move up from their current spot at No. 10.

It’s likely, however, he would have to get by Houston, who has the No. 1 overall pick.


Speaking of speed, the Lions also hosted speedy receiver John Brown (Pittsburg State) for a pre-draft visit on Wednesday.

Brown, 5-foot-10, 172 pounds, posted the second-fastest 40-yard dash time (4.34 seconds) among receivers at February’s NFL Scouting Combine. He also turned some heads at the East/West Shrine game.

Brown caught 61 passes for 1,198 yards and 14 touchdowns last season at Pittsburg State, but might make his most immediate impact in the NFL as a return specialist.

He averaged 32.4 yards per kickoff return and 11.5 on punt returns.

“When it comes to special teams I was one of the best returners in Division II and I think I can come in anywhere and help a team out in the return game,” Brown said.