Jan 1, 2014; Orlando, FL, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (7) holds the Capital One Bowl trophy after defeating the Wisconsin Badgers at the game held at the Florida Citrus Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports

Defense wins championships, Texans will take Jadeveon Clowney in the 1st round


Greetings Texans Fans!

Well, break times over. The Superbowl is over and what did we learn?

We learned defense wins championships.

It doesn’t take a Peyoton Manning or a Tom Brady to win the Superbowl. It just takes a stout ‘D’ and a competent quarterback. This leads me to believe that our beloved Houston Texans are going to take  Jadeveon Clowney as the first pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

All the Johnny Manziel or the “Take the best quarterback” as draft picks I think miss a few points.

Houston has a good young quarterback on the roster. Sure, Case Keenum wasn’t perfect and showed regression in the latter part of the season, but let’s be honest the TEAM regressed.

There were flashes of greatness there and with the right coach, and an offense that caters too not punish his style, Keenum could flourish.

Having J.J. Watt on one side, and Clowney on the other will force offenses to make sacrifices to beat the Texans. Who wants to go up against those two, with a healthy Brian Cushing lurking for that opening? That will happen trying to cover just two defensive linemen.

I see Houston grabbing Clowney and ignoring the experts.

Hopefully Manziel likes snow, cause he’s headed to Cleveland. I expect if a good prospect QB is sitting there in the second round, the Texans will scoop him up.

But that’s just a guess.

We have other holes to fill. Another wide receiver, a replacement running back, offensive linemen and defensive linemen for starters. More youth in the secondary is also a need.

I fully expect to see Houston go this route. The NFL might be QB happy, but right now that’s the most effective use of their draft position and current rosters.

With the coaching staff all lined up, I don’t think it will be long before Houston starts cutting dead weight and freeing up cap room. Matt Schaub, T.J. Yates, Manning, Smith, Tate should all be elsewhere next year. Along with Brice McCain.

Of that batch Manning and Smith are the two I’ll miss the most. Pity, but the brutal reality of business in the NFL means each year we say goodbye to players, and it’s not always easy. But that also makes room for new players to root for.

That’s why this time, and with the Texans sitting poised to prove 2013 was a fluke, watch for the Texans to come out with a big chip on their shoulders and their sights set very high. September can’t come soon enough for this fan.

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  • Chris smith

    No way. Let’s not take a player that plays the same position as the best player on the team. And 3.5 sacks doesn’t get me very excited either. Trade the pick stockpile picks and build a better team. The QB’s in the draft aren’t good enough to warrant that pick. Having many picks is the best route to take for the texans.

    • mrvicchio

      His sack total dropped due to, same thing with JJ Watt this last season, being the focus of the offensive line. He was double and triple teamed.

      • Chris smith

        There are questions about his work ethic and he hasn’t even been paid yet. Takes plays off. This would be a bad move when there are so many needs on this team and DE really isn’t one of them. Trade down and stockpile picks.

        • Mike Brennan

          I would be fine with either, draft Clowney or trade down, unless you’ve seen all his games, you don’t know for sure what his work ethic is or if he takes plays off. Of course I’ve only seen 2 games so I really don’t know either.

          • mrvicchio

            His 2013 season wasn’t as good as 2012, this lead to a lot of negative press. But as pointed out above he was also the focus of the Offense. Imagine he and Watt to deal with… now that’s scary.

  • Terry88

    Draft Clowney. This defense peaked when Mario Williams was still here. It was too hard to keep him, but he always played hurt and was a big fast disruptor. Maybe Atlanta will make the Texans a terrific offer for Clowney. However you would have to go for Bridgewater, no J Football of Bortles.

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