Jadeveon Clowney
Jadeveon Clowney
26-Year-Old LinebackerLB
Houston Texans
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Clowney is one of those guys who you might rank higher if you could get his health guaranteed. Last year was the first time he played 16 games, and he unsurprisingly came through with a strong showing. While he generally looks like a player who will be regarded as a disappointment relative to expectations, players as talented as Clowney rarely go their entire careers without at least a couple dominant seasons. This year looks as fine of a time as any, especially if Deshaun Watson makes opponents throw to catch up. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $22.27 million contract with the Texans in June of 2014. Texans exercised $13.85 million team option for 2018 in April of 2017.
Not close to deal
LBHouston Texans
April 15, 2019
Clowney and the Texans haven't made much progress in contract negotiations, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
ANALYSIS
Clowney hasn't signed his franchise tag and won't be present Monday for the start of the Texans' voluntary offseason program. He's hoping for a long-term agreement before the July 15 deadline, with the threat of a prolonged holdout if he doesn't receive his desired contract. The Texans have plenty of cap space, but they may be hesitant to pay Clowney as an elite pass rusher given his career total of 29 sacks in 62 games. He does have a strong track record defending the run, and 18.5 of those sacks occurred the past two seasons.
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Houston TexansTexans 2018 LB Snap Distribution See more data like this
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Jadeveon Clowney's measurables compare to other linebackers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 5"
 
Weight
255 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.53 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.43 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.27 sec
 
Vertical Jump
37.5 in
 
Broad Jump
124 in
 
Bench Press
21 reps
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2014
Durability might always be a bit of an issue for Clowney, but he seems to be hitting his stride after a promising 2016 season that earned him a Pro Bowl trip and second-team All-Pro honors. Still just 24, his prospect profile projects plenty more improvement if his health cooperates. Last year's production would project to about 67 tackles and eight sacks over 950 snaps, and there's a good chance he improves on his per-snap efficiency, too. That kind of production at age 23 for a 6-5, 270-pound end with 4.53 speed shows his significant upside.
After a washout rookie season in 2014, Clowney was healthier during his sophomore NFL season. He showed signs of coming on last year -- his two-sack game against the Patriots stands out -- but injuries were still a factor, including a foot injury that sidelined him for Houston's playoff game against Kansas City. He reports the foot is 100 percent, but being hale in May is a far cry from being a 16-game player. If he can stay on the field, Clowney may emerge as an impact player.
Clowney's coming off a disappointing rookie season that began with a knee injury and ended with a knee injury that required microfracture surgery. He began training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list, but has a targeted return before the beginning of the regular season. It's unclear if he'll be ready to be a full-time starter, but that's the goal.
It's crucial that IDP drafters double-check the positional designation their league gives to Clowney, as he might be listed as an LB rather than a DL, but if he secures DL eligibility he'll be a borderline DL1 consideration. The Texans didn't pick Clowney first overall to bring him along slowly, so he'll start opposite Whitney Mercilus at 3-4 OLB, moving to DE in nickel formations. Clowney is like the Calvin Johnson of defensive end prospects, and he'll have the opportunity to post big numbers immediately with offenses primarily concerned with J.J. Watt. Clowney has 4.5 speed at 6-5, 266 pounds and should contend for a Pro Bowl spot immediately. Bone spurs in his right foot are the only real concern to his productivity.
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Receives non-exclusive tag
LBHouston Texans
March 4, 2019
The Texans have applied the non-exclusive franchise tag on Clowney, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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Could be franchised
LBHouston Texans
January 7, 2019
The Texans are expected to designate Clowney as their franchise player if a long-term contract extension cannot be worked out, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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Five tackles in loss
LBHouston Texans
January 6, 2019
Clowney recorded five tackles in Saturday's 21-7 wild-card loss to the Colts.
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Posts sack in loss
LBHouston Texans
December 24, 2018
Clowney recorded eight tackles (five solo), including a sack, a pass defensed, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery in Sunday's loss the Philadelphia.
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Notches eighth sack
LBHouston Texans
December 16, 2018
Clowney had three tackles (two solo) and a sack in Saturday's 29-22 win over the Jets.
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