Jadeveon Isn't Clowneying Around
Jadeveon Clowney wants to be the No 1 pick in the upcoming 2014 NFL draft, and he wants to let the Houston Texans know that he is ready -- when the time comes -- should that organization decides to select him.
The only really concern about Clowney is his motor. After a superb sophomore season where the former South Carolina Gamecock tallied 13 sacks and was a complete stud on defense, he only managed to drop the QB a cocked-eyebrow three times during his junior campaign.
That drop off was stunning, given how talented, how explosive, and how strong Clowney is. His 6-6, 266 pound frame is quite intimidating, especially for college offensive linemen. Even with a significant amount of double teams, you'd think his exceptionally rare ability to elude offensive linemen and hunt down opposing quarterbacks would yield more than a putrid three sacks.
Bill O'Brien, the Texans head coach, believes his motor shouldn't be an issue.
Clowney believes he can "do it all". He's making his case:
A match made in heaven? Possibly. It all depends on what the Texans need. If they want to match Clowney up with their current All-Pro on the d-line, JJ Watt, and create a formidable defensive front, one would think that would generate an extra possession or two per game.
However, the Texans need a quarterback, and unless Clowney can all of a sudden drop back and laser a pass to André Johnson, he may have to wait a few more minutes before his name is selected.
The Texans aren't publicly committing to anything, which is the right move. Clowney may or may not be the right fit for that organization. And it's entirely possible Houston will trade itself right out of the top position if the right package is presented to them.
Clowney's an impactful player and his explosiveness will land him somewhere in the top ten.
So now's the time to cool his jets. Slot money for the No 1 spot overall is as good as it gets, and the political privileges for being the No 1 pick will last for a season or two, but Clowney needs to save the lobbying for a possible electoral career post-football.
Teams aren't listening to him, anyway. They want to watch him on Sundays. And the team that wants to watch him the most in their colors will depend on what it's own people are saying.