Texans selected South Carolina DE/OLB Jadeveon Clowney with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
Clowney (6-foot-5, 266) entered college as the nation's No. 1 recruit and didn't disappoint, earning first-team All-America recognition as both a true sophomore and junior before turning pro. He tallied 47 TFLs, 24 sacks, and nine forced fumbles, though his production dipped in 2013 as opponents frequently funneled offense away from him, and/or double and triple teamed Clowney. An absolute freak athlete in the Jevon Kearse/Julius Peppers vein, Clowney has 34 1/2-inch arms and 10-inch hands to ward off offensive linemen, and clocked a running back-like 4.53 forty with a 37 1/2-inch vertical at the Combine. If Clowney polishes his pass-rush technique and "buys in," he legitimately possesses tools to be an all-time great. In Houston, he'll form an imposing pass-rush duo with J.J. Watt, likely playing strong-side 'backer as Romeo Crennel's version of Willie McGinest. Look for Whitney Mercilus to start on the weak side, with Brooks Reed playing next to Brian Cushing. Thu, May 8, 2014 08:17:00 PM