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Let’s Talk About Jadeveon Clowney

The Texans decided to upgrade their defense in the draft by selecting Jadeveon Clowney with the first overall pick. There was a lot of talk in Houston about trying to trade back in the draft to get more picks to select a quarterback but the team made the right choice by selecting the monster defensive end from South Carolina.

All Spring there were rumors as to who Houston would take. Some so-called experts thought Blake Bortles, Johnny Manziel, Khalil Mack, and Sammy Watkins were better prospects but in the end Rick Smith opted to go with the most dominant defensive player in recent college football memory in Clowney. There may be some bumps in the road his rookie season but not a single Houston Texan fan will be disappointed once he gets comfortable and starts reeking havoc on Andrew Luck, Blake Bortles, and Jake Locker ever year. According to the media in Nashville the Titans altered their first pick and grabbed Michigan lineman Taylor Lewan instead of Aaron Donald because Tennessee would have to play against Clowney twice a year.

After his hit on Michigan running back Vincent Smith on New Year’s Day two years ago Clowney became a superstar with the highlight being shown on ESPN all the time. Former NFL player turned analyst Ross Tucker publicly stated that Clowney would be wise to sit out 2013 to keep from getting injured. He had a good point. After his 2013 Outback Bowl performance Clowney’s stock was at an all time high. No one would really blame him considering what happened to his teammate Marcus Lattimore the same year. But Clowney did come back and some thought he would easily win the Heisman Trophy. But the season started and suddenly Clowney wasn’t dominating.

In the season opener against North Carolina Clowney looked fatigued and took a lot of snaps off. After all the pre-season hype suddenly the Carolina superstar looked human. But once you took into consideration the humidity of an August evening in Columbia South Carolina and a virus he was battling there’s no way he could play every down and be dominant. And when he was in the game the Tarheels put two men on him. And it wasn’t just North Carolina who put two guys on him everyone did it. ESPN’s Kevin Weidl reported that Georgia double teamed Clowney 25% of the time he was on the field. One on one no one could block him. But against two men Clowney’s numbers dropped drastically. When the Gamecocks played Georgia the Bulldogs ran to the opposite side of the field as Clowney 70% of the time.

Against Kentucky in October he didn’t even play due to bruised ribs. Without him in the lineup the lowly Wildcats almost beat South Carolina. On New Year’s Day 2014 against Wisconsin a healthy Jadeveon Clowney looked like a monster and was all over the field leading South Carolina to an upset victory over Wisconsin in the Capital One Bowl. He truly was a difference maker when he was healthy.

A lot of eyes will be on Clowney in Houston but if the Texans want to take over the AFC South they need someone to terrorize Andrew Luck and with the first pick in the draft Rick Smith did just that. Quarterback is a priority if the team wants to be Super Bowl conternders. Tom Savage, the QB from Pitt could win up being a steal in the fourth round if he works out longterm. But the Texans got it right by not trading back and selecting Clowney.

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