He hasn’t amassed many pressures for as highly touted he is. Maybe he’s a good edge setter like Suggs. But that isn’t worth the top dollar he’s gonna get.
Would you say Suggs at 27 was worth top dollar? Because that's what you're getting with Clowney. He is a more athletic version of Suggs. He's averaged 60 total pressure's (sacks/hurries/hits) over the past 4 seasons. In comparison, Mack, who is considered the premiere pass rusher, averaged around 70 in the same time span. Looking at the pressure stats, Clowney falls in right behind the elite pass rushers. I would say for his run stopping ability, I'd take a slightly below elite ability to rush the passer. In fact, I saw a stat that showed last season, he was double teamed the most of all of the edge rushers last season, and still had one of the highest (7th) pass rush win rates in the NFL.
The thought that he can't get to the QB or is anything but a great pass rusher, is flat out wrong. He's not Kahlil Mack. He's not an elite pass rusher. But he is in the next level.
I stand by my comparison of a more athletic Suggs. And if you say you wouldn't pay top dollar for Suggs when he was 27, you're flat out lying.