One of the most polarizing prospects in the NFL Draft has countless questions about whether or not he'd make it in the NFL.
It's a familiar narrative for all who will hear their name called that weekend in May, but for Jadeveon Clowney the biggest uncertainty is about his desire to play in the league.
One of Clowney's former South Carolina teammates — one who knows all about hard work — is backing him up.
"I think when he gets around professionals, once he gets around J.J. Watt, those veterans, sees what it takes every single day, he'll be just like those guys," running back Marcus Lattimore said during an event for EAS Sports Nutrition, according to NFL.com. "He's going to be fine. That's what happens. You get around pros, and you learn, and you start doing it. When the competition gets high, he'll rise to it."
Although Clowney's former teammate offered support, his former head coach was a little more critical of the potential No. 1 draft pick.
"He was okay," Spurrier said of Clowney. "It wasn't like Marcus Lattimore. You know, every player is a little different. His work habits are pretty good. They're not quite like Lattimore, a Stephon Gilmore, Melvin Ingram, some of those guys, but when the ball is snapped he's got something no one else has."
"That's just coach Spurrier," he said. "Clowney is a great player."
Lattimore was considered to be an early-round pick last season before he sustained his second major knee injury at South Carolina. The San Francisco 49ers drafted Lattimore in the fourth round and he has been undergoing a lengthy rehab before he can make his NFL debut. Until then, when Lattimore sees Clowney, he sees glimpses of one of his 49ers teammates.
"He has all the talent in the world," Lattimore said. "He kind of reminds me of Aldon Smith with how athletic he is, the quickness. I think he's going to do great."