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D. Orlando Ledbetter

5 things to know about Jadeveon’s Judgment Day

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At the NFL combine, South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney brushed off the notion that he was a slacker because he didn’t work out.

He kept repeating that he’d be ready for his Pro Day.

Well, April 2 is tomorrow and Michael Cunningham will travel over to Columbia, S.C. for Jadeveon’s Judgment Day.

He’s considered the top player in the draft, but the Houston Texans may pass on him. It is believed that the St. Louis Rams, who hold the second pick, will snap up Clowney immediately.

Clowney has said that he’d like to play for the Atlanta Falcons, who hold the No. 6 pick in the draft.

Under this scenario, the Falcons must trade up to No. 2 to get Clowney. But the Falcons have too many holes to fill – tackle, center, pass rusher, tight end and free safety — and likely can’t afford to mortgage the future to get Clowney.  Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff brushed off Clowney’s trade request.

Here are five things to know about Jadcveon’s Judgment Day.

1. MEDIA: More than 100 credentialed media will be on hand at  Williams-Brice Stadium.

2. REPPING ROCK HILL: Clowney, a 6-foot-6, 266-pound defensive end from Rock Hill who was named a first-team All-American in his final two seasons at South Carolina.

3. SACKER OR SLACKER: Clowney had 13 sacks as a sophomore and three sacks as a junior, when he appeared to take some plays off.

4. DRAFT SPOT: ESPN’s Mel Kiper projects Clowney will be picked No. 1 overall by Houston or No. 3 overall by Jacksonville.

5. ATHLETIC FREAK: Clowney ran the 40-yard dash in a 4.53 seconds at the combine, the fastest by a defensive lineman at this year’s NFL combine. He broad jumped 124 inches, the best among defensive linemen, and had a vertical jump of 37.5 inches, the second-best among defensive linemen.

FALCONS REWIND

–Blog: 5 reasons why the Falcons should sign DeSean Jackson

–Blog: Falcons are not switching to a 3-4 defense front, they’ve been using it for past 2 seasons

–Blog: New jersey numbers picked; Devin Hester to wear No. 17

–Blog: Falcons awarded three compensatory picks

–Blog: Lamar Holmes was a performance-pay leader in 2014

–Blog: Umenyiora will return in 2014, no restructured deal

–Blog: Falcons release FB Bradie Ewing

–Blog: Falcons WR Roddy White owes Mercer fan some prime tickets

–Blog: Falcons owner Arthur Blank engaged to be married.  

–Blog: Former Falcons WR Kevin Cone to work out for Carolina

–Blog: Falcons re-sign defensive tackle Peria Jerry

–Blog: NFL to move forward on cleaning up ‘on-field’ language

MEET THE FREE AGENT SIGNEES

–MyAJC ($): Falcons spend $80 million in free agency to buy toughness

–Las Vegas doesn’t like Falcons’ free agency moves

–Falcons Free Agency Tracker — Falcons have committed $107.36 million to salaries 

–Q&A with PR/KR/WR Devin Hester

–Q&A with Falcons right guard Jon Asamoah

–Q&A with Falcons defensive end Tyson Jackson

–Q&A with Falcons defensive tackle Paul Soliai

2014 NFL DRAFT CENTRAL

–Mock Draft 1.0: Falcons trade out of sixth spot to land Pryor and Ebron

–12 teams who could draft UGA star Aaron Murray

–Louisville LB Preston Brown to work out for the Falcons

–Louisville DE Marcus Smith to work out for the Falcons

–MyAJC ($): OT Greg Robinson, DE Dee Ford shine at Auburn’s Pro Day

–VIDEO: Tackle Greg Robinson on Auburn’s Pro Day

–VIDEO: Running back Tra Mason on Auburn’s Pro Day

–Blog & VIDEO: Clemson QB Tajh Boyd has stellar Pro Day showing

–VIDEO: Clemson WR Sammy Watkins on his Pro Day

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