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NFL Shouldn't Bend Rules for Clowney

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Jadeveon Clowney is an all-world University of South Carolina Gamecock defensive end. Though only a sophomore, it’s widely thought among draft experts that if Clowney were able to turn professional this year, that he would be the #1 pick in a NFL draft that at least for now has no consensus top pick. The problem for Clowney is that NFL rules don’t allow him to turn pro.

Clowney’s status, and the understandable fear that he could injure himself in his junior year for the Gamecocks has predictably generated a lot of commentary among sportswriters and television commentators. About Clowney, it’s being said that it’s unfair that NFL rules don’t allow him to enter the draft as a sophomore, that the rule violates the rights of both...

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