Following a 34-24 South Carolina win over Wisconsin in the Capital One Bowl, Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney announced via on-camera interview with ESPN that he would enter the 2014 NFL Draft.
The junior ends his collegiate career as a sure-fire top-5 pick -- he's the first-overall prospect, according to SB Nation's Dan Kadar -- and that's despite him dragging a few question-marks behind him heading to draft day. Clowney finished his junior season with underwhelming production in terms of raw numbers and with criticism following him, especially when it concerned his effort.
In 2013, Clowney recorded 40 tackles, 11.5 of which were for loss, and three sacks.
Clowney has also been in the headlines because of a few speeding tickets in December. South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier hinted that Clowney was off to the NFL after this season by joking that Clowney would have the money to pay for his speeding tickets in a few weeks.