May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Jadeveon Clowney (South Carolina) shakes hands with Roger Goodell after being selected as the number one overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft to the Houston Texans at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
I went on record for about the past month saying the Houston Texans needed and should draft defensive end Jadeveon Clowney No. 1 overall and they did just that.
It was the best move for this franchise by far, and I believe they will not regret this decision when everything is serif and done.
So my grade on draft night is the Texans get an A for this choice, because they made the no-brainer selection with the No. 1 selection.
I know many, and I mean many, wanted the Texans to select quarterback Johnny Manziel, but at No. 1 overall I just never felt it was in the cards like it was with Clowney.
It is just to go against these stats: In three years at South Carolina, Clowney recorded 130 tackles (85 solo) and 24 sacks. In 2012, Clowney had his breakout collegiate season, recording 54 tackles (40 solo) and 13 sacks.
This past season, Clowney didn’t play a full season, as he finished with 40 tackles (28 solo) with three sacks, and during his three-year collegiate career, he forced nine fumbles.
If he can somewhat replicate those stats, or get close to those … the Texans would be a VERY dangerous defense.
I can’t wait, as a fan of the NFL, to see how the Texans use J.J. Watt and Clowney in Romeo Crennel’s defense. It will be fun to watch. Plus this selection makes Watt even more of a force in the NFL than what he already is.
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