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College athletes should be paid, says Jadeveon Clowney Published: February 13, 2014

Former South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, expected to be a top-five pick in the NFL draft, said he might have stayed in school for another year if he were paid for being a college athlete.

"Yes. Having to take care of my family, it would have made a difference if I'd have gotten paid," Clowney said on "Jim Rome" on Showtime.

Had he been eligible after his sophomore season, Clowney (6-foot-6, 270 pounds) was widely talked about as being good enough to be the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, a distinction that went to offensive tackle Eric Fisher out of Central Michigan. Clowney instead finished his junior season at South Carolina with just three sacks after registering double-digit sacks and unanimous All-America honors as a sophomore.

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