Clowney aiming for 4.4 at scouting combine

South Carolina defensive end Jadaveon Clowney has set his sights on becoming the top overall pick of the draft, a selection currently held by the Houston Texans.

Clowney also wants to dazzle NFL scouts at the scouting combine next week.

The 6-foot-5, 274-pounder said he plans to run the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds.

That's a time normally run by wide receivers and cornerbacks, not a defensive lineman.

“I hope to run a 4.4 right now,” Clowney told Yahoo! Sports. “That’s my goal. On hand times, I’ve been running 4.4s. I hope I can get a 4.4 at the combine. A 4.5, I’m not too worried about.”

Clowney doesn't expect to run a 4.6.

“I ain’t going to run a 4.6,” Clowney said. “I’m probably going to run low 4.5, 4.4.”

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.

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Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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