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Jadeveon Clowney | Linebacker

Team: Houston Texans
Age / DOB:  (21) / 2/14/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 266
College: South Carolina
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No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney is participating in the first day of Texans camp.
There was some concern offseason sports hernia surgery would keep Clowney from participating early in camp, but he avoided the active/PUP list and is in uniform for the first practice. The Texans will likely ease Clowney in, but there is no concern about his status moving forward. Jul 26 - 9:51 AM

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No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney avoided active/PUP to open Texans camp.

Clowney underwent offseason sports hernia surgery. He passed the Texans' initial team physical, and will likely be eased in to camp. Clowney will play outside 'backer across from Whitney Mercilus in Romeo Crennel's 3-4 defense.
Jul 24 - 2:23 PM

No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney (sports-hernia surgery) said he doesn’t know if he'll be full speed when he reports to training camp next week.

"It may take a while for the dominant, lightning-fast Clowney of his college days to return," writes the Wall Street Journal's Kevin Clark. Clowney is five weeks removed from sports-hernia surgery. He seems likely sit out the opening days of camp, and could be limited when he's cleared to resume practicing. Clowney says he's "day to day" and shouldn't miss any preseason games.
Jul 18 - 5:39 PM

No. 1 overall draft pick Jadeveon Clowney claims he played through a sports hernia last season at South Carolina.

The dots connect because Clowney underwent sports hernia surgery two weeks ago, though it's surprising he wasn't red-flagged at the Combine, which would've led to an earlier surgery date. The procedure cost Clowney the Texans' final two OTA practices and minicamp, and he "couldn't say for sure" Thursday whether he'll be ready by training camp. Perhaps the injury helps explain Clowney's sluggish 2013 production. He posted 13 sacks in 2012, but just three last year.
Jun 26 - 4:51 PM

Speaking Thursday, Jadeveon Clowney (sports-hernia surgery) called himself day to day, and declined to guarantee that he'll be ready for the start of camp.

Clowney added that he's feeling better every day. Clowney could miss the opening days of camp out of an abundance of caution, but barring a setback, he should see plenty of preseason action.
Jun 19 - 1:17 PM

No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney underwent sports hernia surgery Thursday and will be sidelined until training camp.

The Texans say they expect Clowney back for training camp, theoretically meaning he should only miss one minicamp. We'll see. Hernia surgeries can be susceptible to setbacks, although many players recover smoothly. Coach Bill O'Brien revealed Friday Clowney had recently complained of groin pain. He traveled to Philadelphia, where doctors told him surgery was the best option. Texans training camp opens in late July. Clowney has six weeks to get healthy.
Jun 13 - 1:34 PM

Texans signed No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney to a four-year, $22.3 million contract with a club option for 2018.

Unfortunately for IDP owners, Clowney will play outside linebacker in Romeo Crennel's 3-4 defense. He would've been a much more attractive fantasy pick at defensive end. Regardless, Clowney adds a lot of juice to a talented Texans defense that should routinely keep Bill O'Brien's team competitive in games this year, despite lacking a franchise quarterback. Our projection for Houston's starting front seven is LE J.J. Watt, NT Louis Nix, RE Jared Crick, ILBs Brian Cushing and Brooks Reed, and OLBs Clowney and Whitney Mercilus.
Jun 6 - 1:22 PM

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 as both a sophomore and junior before going pro. He tallied 47 TFLs, 24 sacks, and nine forced fumbles, though his production dipped in 2013 as opponents funneled offense away from him, and/or double and triple teamed Clowney. A freak athlete in the Jevon Kearse/Julius Peppers vein, Clowney has 34 1/2" arms and 10" hands to ward off blockers, and clocked a running back-like 4.53 forty with a 37 1/2" 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 a highly imposing 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 at inside linebacker.
May 8 - 8:14 PM

Citing a "source from another NFL team," the Sideline View's Lance Zierlein reports the Texans will draft Jadeveon Clowney at No. 1 overall.

Zierlein allows that a trade could still happen once the Texans go on the clock, which they are as this is being written. We'll know for sure shortly. Interestingly, Zierlein adds 3-4 teams he recently spoke to are "convinced" Johnny Manziel "will be falling," and "may be in play" for the Cowboys at No. 16.
May 8 - 8:02 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports there's "still a chance" the Texans trade out of the No. 1 overall pick.

Reports all day from Adam Schefter and Ed Werder have indicated Houston isn't optimistic about moving down, but it wouldn't be a surprise if they began to get more phone-call activity as the draft approaches, and opposing "war rooms" become more emotional. "Talks will heat up when they are on the clock," RapSheet wrote. We're not betting on it, but a trade down can't be ruled out.
May 8 - 6:45 PM

Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff conceded Thursday it's "highly unlikely" the team will execute a trade up to No. 1 overall.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reiterated No. 4 is a likelier trade-up spot for the Falcons, who could target Khalil Mack if Sammy Watkins goes No. 3 to the Jaguars. Dimitroff seems to have given up on the idea of landing Jadeveon Clowney, at least for now, based on the Texans' exorbitant trade-up demands. Perhaps it'll change once Houston goes on the clock. We're not counting on it.
May 8 - 5:57 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Texans are no longer looking to trade down, and are "locked in on (their) player" at No. 1 overall.

Per Schefter, "most people around the league" believe the Texans' choice will be Jadeveon Clowney. It's possible this is a last-ditch effort to drum up interest in a deal, but the Texans' reported demands were prohibitive. They seem more than content to hang at No. 1 and land the draft's most-talented player.
May 8 - 2:48 PM

The Houston Chronicle now says the Texans are asking for a first, second, and third-rounder this year plus a first-rounder in 2015 in exchange for Thursday's No. 1 overall pick.

It's actually a little less than previous reports that had the Texans asking for three first-round picks and a second-rounder, and it's further evidence they're not sold on South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney. Of course, a lot will depend on exactly where the team wanting to trade up is picking. Either way, the Texans will remain open for business all the way up until 8pm ET Thursday and the asking price could very well drop even further as we get closer. The Falcons and aggressive GM Thomas Dimitroff remain the most likely candidate to move up.
May 8 - 9:10 AM

ESPN's Ed Werder reported late Wednesday that the Texans haven't given up hope on trading out of the No. 1 overall pick.

"They intend to be flexible to the point where a trade could be completed while they're on the clock," stated Werder. Werder reiterated that the Texans would likely target a quarterback were they to move down, specifically UCF's Blake Bortles. If Houston is unable to find a trade partner, it's expected they'll take South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney. A trade with Atlanta remains in play.
May 7 - 10:35 PM

FOX Sports' Jay Glazer reports the Texans are seeking three first-round picks and a second-round pick if they are to trade down from No. 1 overall.

This is essentially the same thing ESPN's Ed Werder reported Tuesday evening. Glazer added that the Texans' demands are on a "sliding scale," which means the further they have to move back, the more the team trading up will have to surrender. If the Texans stick to their demands, they'll pick first tomorrow night.
May 7 - 7:08 PM