March 20, 2018

Jadeveon Clowney Arrives With the Top Pick

The war room for the Houston Texans was calm and collective as the media looked at the entire staff and front office at their seats. The air was clear and there was a sense of confidence on what direction the organization was headed before the Texans were officially on the clock.

Jadeveon Clowney‘s name was floating through NRG Stadium and people were working on pronouncing his name correctly (Ja-DEV-eon to be exact) prior to the draft. There were whispers on the actual pick being known for three weeks prior to the draft kicking off, but General Manager Rick Smith was working hard to get another team to sell their draft for his mystery selection. Smith said he was “bullish” in regards to what it would take to acquire the pick because that is how much the team felt about Clowney as a player.

After the pick was in, Clowney received the call from Smith with three minutes left on the clock and the first words he heard was “Hey, welcome to Houston….” and the rest was history. The Texans did not over think the pick and took who was the best player in the draft.

The concerns to make him touch his potential are legit, but what he was able to accomplish at South Carolina on pure athletic ability and little technique is scary. At 6-5 and 266 lbs. Clowney will start his Texans career at outside linebacker, and have his hand in the dirt when new defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel sees it fit. It will be up to Crennel to be creative with his defense and showcase what could be one of the toughest tandems in the NFL to deal with paired with J.J. Watt.

“..I just got off the phone with him (Watt). He says he’s going to stay on my butt when I get there.”

The Texans ignored the noise and kept their selection close to the vest, and it was so quiet what the plan was that even the team’s assistant coaches were in the dark regarding the pick. With Johnathan Joseph, D.J. Swearinger and Strength and Conditioning Coach Craig Fitzgerald in place, the resources for Cloweny to thrive are in place. Clowney will be working under one of the smartest players to play the game in linebacker coach Mike Vrabel. 

In two days during voluntary minicamp, Vrabel is a perfect match to make this linebacker group even better. His passion to make his players better is evident and he will do what he can to make Clowney tap his potential before week one kicks off against the Washington Redskins.

It will fall on Clowney to make things work, but he seems determined to prove his doubters wrong.

“…I think I have a lot to prove to people. That’s what I’m looking forward to most is proving a lot of people wrong. I’m ready to get down there and go on to Houston, Texas.”


An impact player was added on Thursday night and he now becomes a piece of the 2014 draft class that will be depended on to put life back into this franchise.

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