Texans take Clowney with first pick of 2014 NFL Draft
by ELWYN HENDERSON
May 09, 2014 | 826 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Courtesy Photo / Mike Malarkey<br>
JADEVEON CLOWNEY, the first pick of the 2014 NFL Draft, gets a jersey from Roger Goodell, NFL Commissioner.
Courtesy Photo / Mike Malarkey
JADEVEON CLOWNEY, the first pick of the 2014 NFL Draft, gets a jersey from Roger Goodell, NFL Commissioner.
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We have known since the end of the Houston Texans dismal 2-14 disaster in the 2013 NFL season that the team would have the #1 Draft pick in this year’s NFL Draft. There is always a lot of chatter about who the first pick will be, but there was more discussion around the League this year than normal.

Over the course of the last week and a half, no less than three possible scenarios were mentioned, and all of them had merit. Most pundits don’t think the Texans have a viable franchise quarterback on their roster. They picked up Ryan Fitzpatrick in the early part of the off season, but he hasn’t exactly set the woods on fire during his career, and there have been flashes of brilliance out of both T. J. Yates and Case Keenum, but neither of them has shown consistency up to this point in their careers either. Because of that, early talk was that Texas A & M’s Johnny Manziel would be a good fit in H’Town.

Then there was a discussion of what South Carolina Defensive End Jadeveon Clowney could bring to the defense lining up on the other side of J. J. Watt. The final discussion was the possibility of Houston trading out of the top spot in order to get additional draft picks to fill needs on both sides of the ball.

In the end, the team didn’t get an offer they felt was worth trading away the top pick for, so they decided Clowney was the right pick at that position. He brings a Watt type body to the game, standing 6’6” tall and weighing in at 266. He is a very active defensive player, and a pick General Manager Rick Smith had nothing but high praise for following the selection.

“I’m obviously very excited with the selection of Jadeveon (Clowney) and what he can add to our organization and our football team, our community and our defense. He’s an impact player. We always talk about impact players and adding those types of athletes to our organization. He certainly fits the bill. We talked all week about being open to the opportunity to trading out of the pick, if in fact there was something that was worth moving for. At the end of the day, that never materialized and we always felt very confident in the selection. We were very bullish on what we were asking for because we felt so good about the pick. We never really had any opportunities on the clock to actually move, so we were happy to take him.”

Shortly after his selection, Clowney had a conference call with Houston area media. He was asked what his emotions were after being drafted #1. “I was just telling them, I’m feeling great right now. You know, it’s just a blessing. I appreciate and am glad to be a part of the Houston Texans. I’d say like three minutes on the clock they called me and said, ‘Hey, welcome to Houston.’ I was like, ‘Man, I’m just happy to be a part of the Houston Texans.”

Clowney was also asked his thoughts about being able to play next to J. J. Watt. “I’m looking forward to it. I’ve been watching him since I was in college and now I get to play beside him so that makes it even better for me, helps me to improve my game to where I want to be, take my game to the next level. And I’m just looking forward to getting to learn from him. I just got off the phone with him. He says he’s going to stay on my butt when I get there. He told me he’s going to give me every piece of knowledge to help me improve my game. He’s going to show me like a mentor or big brother to me and I told him I appreciate that and I’m looking forward to working with him.”

Clowney will be in Houston today (Friday) at 3:30 PM to face Houston media for the first time.

For Texans fans who were hoping the team would pick up a quarterback, there is still a good chance that will happen. The best qb left on the board is Derek Carr, brother of David Carr, who was the first pick taken by the Texans back in 2002. David never materialized into what Houston fans were hoping, but a good part of the problem was that he played behind a horrific offensive line his first year, and he was so beaten up that he lost a lot of his raw talent in 2002. Derek is considered by many to be much better than David was in 2002, so this writer believes Houston SHOULD pick him with the first pick of the second round this evening, which begins at 6 PM Central Daylight Savings Time.

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