South Carolina Gamecocks star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is a special talent.  He’s widely expected to be the first overall pick in next year’s draft and some suggest had he been eligible, he would have even been the first player taken off the board this past April.  But some of the praise towards Clowney is really get out of hand now.

Mark Richt, who coaches against the 6-6, 256-pound athletic freak at Georgia, claims that Clowney is already a better football player than anyone in the NFL right now.

“I would say Clowney is the best football player in the world though. Seriously. I think he might be the very best player who exists today, at any level,” Richt said, via the Macon Telegraph.

Woah.  Hold your horses.  It’s one thing to call Clowney, say, one of the best and most-feared players in the history of college football (and that alone could be a slight stretch), but to already put him ahead of of defensive stars like DeMarcus Ware, Von Miller, J.J. Watt and Jason Pierre-Paul and offensive stars such as Calvin Johnson, Adrian Peterson, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers?

At this rate, somebody may be calling for Clowney to be enshrined in Canton before he even gets drafted.

Michael Gartman is a College Football and NFL Senior Writer, the AFC South and NFC West Lead Writer  of NFL Draft Insiders and the Founder, CEO of  He’s also about to start reporting on topics across all sides of the political spectrum and analyze important issues in the liberty movement for a political website.  Follow him @_MichaelGartman on Twitter.  Be sure to like NFL Draft Insiders on Facebook