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Jadeveon Clowney | Defensive End

Team: South Carolina Gamecocks
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 254

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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. May 8 - 8:17 PM

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Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff says it's "highly unlikely" he'll be able to complete a trade up to No. 1 overall.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport believes the Falcons have a much more likely trade partner with the Browns at No. 4. If Atlanta can pull that off, Khalil Mack is an option, as is Greg Robinson if St. Louis sides with Jake Matthews at No. 2. It appears as though the Texans have decided not to lower their asking price, but that could change, of course, over the next hour-plus.
May 8 - 6:29 PM

Houston demands three first-round picks and a second-rounder to move down from No. 1 overall, according to FOX Sports' Jay Glazer.

Of course, there asking price is on a "sliding scale," according to Glazer, depending on how far the Texans are asked to move down. This news isn't surprising, as it essentially echoes Ed Werder's Tuesday night report. Nobody is going to pay this ransom, which is probably why it's being leaked. If Houston lowers its demands, a trade is entirely possible. If it holds firm, they'll be picking first.
May 7 - 7:32 PM

An NFL scout speaking anonymously said he "would not put my job on the line" for South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney.

"At what point of his life has he had to push himself? Now you're going to give him this money and say, 'Do something you've never done in your life before ... against guys you just can't run over?'," one scout said back in March. "I would not put my job on the line for that guy. Who has a profile like that that's been successful in the NFL?" It's not advisable to read too much into these quotes, as the beauty of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's draft series is it gives a forum for scouts to do what they do best: Use salty and salacious language to shred prospects. Clowney is going in the top three, reservations and all.
May 6 - 9:22 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, based on conversations with "people who know" Texans GM Rick Smith, reports he "no longer believe(s) it's a certainty" Houston uses the No. 1 pick on South Carolina edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney.

NFL.com's Gil Brandt thinks Khalil Mack will go ahead of Clowney, while ESPN's Adam Schefter believes it's a possibility. SI's Peter King, who previously reported that Smith's confidantes were saying the decision-maker preferred Mack to Clowney, wrote on Twitter: "I should say I absolutely don't know who Houston will pick. But I hear the same as Ian."
May 5 - 9:40 PM

Texans owner Bob McNair called South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney "obviously the best player in the draft."

"But he's a defensive end," McNair added. "He's not a quarterback. If he's a quarterback and the best player it's easy, but that's not the case. So can that defensive player have a greater impact on the success of your team than one of these quarterbacks? It's not a sure thing that he is." McNair and GM Rick Smith would both rather trade down if a huge offer presents itself, but it's unclear if that will happen. "If somebody wants you to drop down and they give you two or three more picks that would let you get two or three more quality players, are you a stronger team dropping down a little bit, getting these additional picks and getting more depth?" McNair said. No matter who selects at No. 1, expect Clowney's name to be announced.
Source: FOX Houston
May 4 - 8:32 PM

Former Texans GM Charley Casserly said Friday on NFL Network's "NFL AM" that Houston isn't sold on South Carolina edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney due to scheme fit.

"I don't think they're sold on Clowney to fit in the '34' defense," Casserly said. Casserly thinks the Texans might be higher on Buffalo OLB Khalil Mack, but would only take him if they can trade down a few spots. Mack, a 3-4 OLB in college, "is a better fit in the '34' than Clowney," said Casserly. If the Texans can't work out a trade, according to Casserly, "they're going to take" Clowney.
Source: NFL.com
May 2 - 8:53 PM

The Texans and Falcons won't be working out a trade involving the No. 1 pick, according to SportsRadio 610 Houston.

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport has already shot down the report, which stated that Atlanta wanted to trade up from No. 6 to a non-No. 1 slot, believing the player they covet isn't worth "picking with the No. 1 pick." Houston 610's information lines up with CBS Sports Jason La Canfora assertion that Atlanta could be targeting Auburn OT Greg Robinson if they can trade up. Robinson isn't Jadeveon Clowney -- and thus not worth trading a bounty to No. 1 to acquire -- but he just may be the second-most valuable prospect in the class. The Falcons are sure to speak with Rams GM Les Snead about the No. 2 slot.
May 2 - 12:51 AM

Texans GM Rick Smith stated Thursday that he's still willing to deal the No. 1 overall pick.

"If we take the first pick, we know who we want," Smith said, in all likelihood referencing South Carolina edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney. "We are open to moving the first pick." He hasn't moved off this stance for months. The Houston Chronicle reported that at least four teams have "inquired" about the top slot. Everybody knows the Falcons want to move up, and NFL.com's Albert Breer added that the Bills and Jaguars are also interested.
May 1 - 10:32 PM

Houston Chronicle beat writer John McClain reports that the Texans are deciding between South Carolina edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney, Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel, or a trade at No. 1 overall.

"I believe general manager Rick Smith will trade - but not too far down - if he gets an overwhelming offer from a team that believes the extraordinarily talented Clowney is the missing piece," the plugged-in McClain wrote. "I believe if the Texans trade down a few spots and Manziel is there, they'll take him. I think if he's gone, it'll come down to outside linebacker Khalil Mack or quarterback Blake Bortles." As for rumors of a trade with the Falcons, McClain speculates that Atlanta, in addition to a swap first-round spots, would have to include "at least a second-round pick this year and perhaps even a third-rounder this year as well as a first-round choice in 2015."
Apr 29 - 10:48 PM

ESPN's KC Joyner believes South Carolina edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney's low volume of one-on-one sacks is a concern.

A "one-on-one sack," as Joyner defines it, is when a defender beats one blocker and gets to the QB inside the pocket within three seconds. It's an important stat when evaluating collegiate pass rushers because it shows pass rushing ability isolated from luck or advantageous play-calling. Clowney had only two such sacks last year and six the year before that. A study of those eight sacks revealed victims such as Florida TE Jordan Reed, as well as a few late in blowouts. "This inability to consistently generate one-on-one sacks during competitive phases of games is part of why Clowney was shut out in the sack department in 20 of his 36 career college games," Joyner wrote. "His physical skills indicate he can rush the passer better than this, but a track record of this caliber should not be overlooked."
Apr 29 - 10:31 PM

The MMQB's Peter King believes that if the Houston Texans want to trade out of the top spot than the Atlanta Falcons "as of this morning, are their best option."

King mentions that Jadaveon Clowney left quite an impression on the Falcons brass in his recent visit with the Falcons. "I’d heard before that meeting that the Falcons weren’t inclined to entertain thoughts about making such a bold move, from sixth pick in the first round to No. 1 overall. Now they are thinking of it," King wrote. King notes that "it took first-round picks in 2011 and 2012, a second-round pick in 2011, and fourth-round picks in 2011 and 2012—five picks overall—for Atlanta to go from 27 to six to get (Julio) Jones." Now that the Falcons are trying to move up from No.6 to No.1, King believes that Thomas Dimitroff’s history shows he could be willing to make that trade to move up for Clowney. After King did the math, "it would likely take Atlanta’s first-rounder this year and next—at least that would be close if you’re using the draft pick-trade chart."
Apr 28 - 4:14 PM

South Carolina edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney downplayed concerns over his work ethic, saying he works as hard as any other player.

"I think I work just as hard as anybody," Clowney says. "If you pick me and pair me with guys, I'm going to try and outwork them also." Clowney has essentially -- and unfortunately -- been criticized at every turn over the last few years, and it's probably clear to him by this point that that's just what happens when you are a generational talent. First, he was pummeled coming out of high school for holding off his college announcement a few weeks so it could be done on his birthday, and anything he's done since that hasn't conformed to the public's capricious idea of what a superstar should be has come under attack. Recent examples include asking out of a game while suffering from a rib injury last season or his agent calling off all private workouts. At worst, those were extremely intelligent business decisions. Clowney is a deserving No. 1 pick.
Apr 27 - 6:38 PM

The Falcons "remain very focused" on South Carolina edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney, "numerous league sources" have told CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora.

La Canfora and ESPN's Ed Werder both reported on Thursday that the Falcons have the best chance of consummating a swap for the Texans' No. 1 pick, and GM Thomas Dimitroff, as aggressive as they come, has been vocal about his desire to trade up for months. Rumbles of a potential trade began Wednesday when NFL.com's Gil Brandt wrote that there was a "good chance" that Houston traded down. Dimitroff must fix the Falcons' anemic pass rush, and Clowney is one of the best pass rushing prospects to ever enter the NFL. The Falcons had a pre-draft visit with the Falcons on Wednesday, and Atlanta evaluators will meet with him on campus on Friday.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 24 - 9:36 PM

Houston hopes to trade down from No. 1 and Atlanta is their "most likely partner," reported ESPN's Ed Werder on NFL Insiders.

This comes one day after NFL.com's Gil Brandt and ESPN's Todd McShay discussed the possibility of a Texans' trade, with Brandt going as far as saying there was a "good chance" of a deal. Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff has six selections in the top 150, a history of aggression, a stated interest in moving up, and a keen eye on Clowney. There's smoke billowing.
Apr 24 - 9:08 PM