Jadeveon Clowney is no dumb ass... and would never jeopardize his NFL Draft status by hanging out with bad people ... so says JC's step-dad, the man who raised him.
After reports surfaced that NFL teams were concerned about Jadeveon's "entourage" ... the South Carolina superstar's step-dad told TMZ Sports Clowney runs with a good crowd.
"Jadeveon makes good decisions ... including the people who he hangs out with."
Clowney's step-dad adds, "His friends are his friends, but overall he is smart enough to make the right decisions."
"He's a good kid."
The 2014 NFL Draft is set to go down on May 8 -- and there's talk JC could go #1 ... that is, if NFL teams believe what his family is saying.