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Clowney worth price of admission for USC Pro Day

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

Nearly every single one of the 32 NFL teams were represented at the South Carolina Gamecocks Pro Day, and for many of them, potential No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney was well worth the price of admission.

But for Clowney, Wednesday's Pro Day was just another opportunity to prove he is the best choice in this year's NFL Draft.

And yes, he does think he's worth the first pick.

"I don't know a single guy who could stand up here and say no," said Clowney. "If you asked me about a guy who said no, I don't know what they're doing out here. Yes, I do feel like I should be the first pick."

Of course, the Houston Texans are the owners of the top pick in the draft. Newly-minted coach Bill O'Brien and his new defensive coordinator, ex-Patriots coach Romeo Crennel, were both on-hand to take in the junior defensive end.

Crennel took particular interest in Clowney, talking with him and even watching him run drills. Based off just a few minutes of interaction, Clowney says Crennel reminds him of former Gamecocks defensive line coach Brad Lawing.

"I always used to ask him why he always pushed me like that, and he said we want you to be great and wants you to be one of the best, and I feel like these guys here want you to be great and the best too, so they push you that way," said Clowney.

Clowney says he personally met with the O'Brien and Texans coaching staff on Tuesday night.

"He's a great guy," said Clowney of his potential next coach. "He wants you to work. He's all about working and being that guy and he wants you to be a great player for him coming out. He's already talked about his locker room and he's got a great group of guys up there. He said he doesn't want any bad vibes in the locker room and I'm like, 'I'm not that guy.'"

Besides the Texans, Clowney says he also will meet privately with the coaching staffs of the St. Louis Rams and the Atlanta Falcons, owners of the second and sixth picks in the draft, respectively.

But with the fawning members of the NFL media comes the naysayers. Clowney has already been the subject of questions about his work ethic. At South Carolina, he infamously didn't play against Kentucky and revealed his decision to coach Steve Spurrier just minutes before game time.

Pro Day offered Clowney the chance to explain himself and whether or not his work ethic would be enough in the grueling NFL schedule.

"I still have a lot of proving to do on the field, but today was another step I took today to show them what I got," said Clowney.

Clowney also said he's grown tired of answering the same questions about his work ethic, but he knows it's part of the draft experience. 

The 2014 NFL Draft begins on Thursday, May 8 at 8 p.m.

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