Clowney’s blistering 40 time silences critics at Combine

clowneycombineCall South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney a dog if you want, but this dog can run.

Clowney sent that message loudly and clearly without saying a word at Monday’s NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, running the 40-yard-dash in a blistering 4.47 seconds. The NFL later adjusted the official time to 4.53 but it was still the fastest among all defensive linemen at the event.

Clowney’s 40 time comes one day after he managed only 21 bench presses and after a series of questions about his work ethic. The latest criticism came from Auburn defensive end Dee Ford, who touted his ability over Clowney’s and said he played like a “blind dog in a meat house.”

Coincidentally, Ford withdrew from Monday’s workouts before they started with a back issue. Ford had a ligament strain in his foot early in the 2013 season, but he said Monday he was “medically excluded” from workouts because of a precaution arising from his 2011 back surgery.

Meanwhile, Clowney passed on participating in on-field position drills. He  later told NFL Network’s Willie McGinest that he was dealing with a tight hip flexor. Clowney dropped eight pounds from his listed weight at South Carolina (274). He also had a 37 1/2-inch vertical leap and 10-foot, 4-inch broad jump.

His 10-yard split was 1.56 (unofficial), better than the 1.59 posted by Johnny Manziel on Sunday. In a simulcast of the two 40-yard dashes on NFL Network, Clowney was at least two yards faster to the finish line. Manziel’s “official” 40 time was 4.68 on Sunday.

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