Kicking off the 2014 NFL Draft. The Houston Texans Select:
Jadeveon Clowney, DE/OLB, USC
I don't really like any of this year's QBs over the available skill players in the top 5. The only way that I was going to pass on Clowney, whom I believe is the most physically gifted DE I've seen in the 20 years that I've been a football fan, was if there was an Andrew Luck in this draft, which there isn't. I take Clowney and pair him up with JJ Watt to terrorize the AFC South for the next 8-10 years. There has been a lot of talk about Clowney's lack of effort or dedication but the fact of the matter is that he does everything that you ask of him; he just doesn't go above the call of duty like Jerry Rice would. However, I think you can bring him in and make him work with JJ Watt and push him to the level where he is not only more talented than everyone else, but also works harder than anyone else. As the Seahawks showed, defense and pass rush wins championships, the pairing of Watt and Clowney with a developing Whitney Merciles playing on the opposite end has the potential to be even more dominant in year 1 than the SF trio of A. Smith, J. Smith, and Brooks currently is. That will tremendously improve our chances to win games.
Mayock's Take: "When Clowney wakes up in the morning, he is the best defensive lineman on the planet. Now it just depends on him whether or not he capitalizes on that talent. You take him here and pair him up with JJ Watt on one side and Whitney Merciles on the other, who are you going to double team? He's a potential once in a generation type of talent and I don't think you can pass on that."
The Rams are on the clock.