South Carolina defensive end

Jadeveon Clowney

Year: Junior

Height: 6-foot-5.

Weight: 266 pounds.

Why the Browns might target him: If the Browns opt to wait for a quarterback instead of selecting one fourth overall, Clowney could be a target if he’s still available. He might slide out of the top-three selections if he continues to disappoint the way he did when he bench pressed 225 pounds only 21 times Sunday at the NFL Scouting Combine. The performance certainly won’t help Clowney silence questions about his work ethic. To put Clowney’s 21 reps in perspective, 14 defensive linemen had at least 28 reps last year, according to NFL.com. Even Miami punter Pat O’Donnell outlifted Clowney this year with 23 reps. “The average I think for defensive linemen last year in the bench press was 24 [reps],” NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said Sunday during a news conference. “So should Jadeveon Clowney have more than 24? Sure, he should. However, he’s got long arms, and I always say to people it’s the shorter, barrel-chested guys that rep out the most. But does it go to work ethic? He got 21. I really don’t care, and by the way, if he runs [the 40-yard dash in] 4.42 or 4.62 [seconds today during on-field workouts], I really don’t care. I already think I know what he is. He’s the scariest, freakiest physical specimen I’ve seen since I’ve been doing this. However, that doesn’t mean I’m saying he’s the best defensive lineman in the draft or the best player in the draft because he worries me with some of the red flags.” On Saturday, new Browns coach Mike Pettine said Clowney would fit into his multi-front scheme because “we’re always looking to have explosive athletes. You need guys with size and explosion, and he certainly fits into that category.”

— Nate Ulrich