After months of speculation, the Houston Texans with the number one pick selected Jadeveon Clowney from South Carolina on Draft Day. Clowney was famously known for delivering a fantastic hit on a Michigan running back, that knocked his helmet off.
"Everybody says I don’t work hard, but they’re going to see when I get there. They are going to say, ‘This dude works hard’, and I’m a playmaker. I feel like I have a lot of playmaking ability. I am just looking forward to showing it off when I get there in Houston.”
Clowney has been compared to some great past defensive NFL players like Bruce Smith. He is a huge talent, and coach Bill O'Brien understands that defense wins championships, and putting Clowney next to a JJ Watt, Brian Cushing, and Brooks Reed could pay dividends in the long run.
"Bill O’Brien told me he wanted me and when I get down there that I’m going to be right there in his hip pocket ," said Clowney. "And I told him I’m coming down to work for you and help the team win.”
Clowney who has that million dollar smile already shared a moment of advice from Watt that he deemed priceless. "I just got off the phone with him. He says he’s going to stay on my butt when I get there.”
"I’ve been watching him [Watt] 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."
With a new defensive coordinator in Romeo Crennel, Clowney has a real opportunity to flourish in this new defense. He would be exceptional in a 4-3 type of defense but knowing Crennel he'll use him in a 3-4 alignment.
Rick Smith looks forward to Clowney playing OLB this season while he continues to condition his body.
"He’ll start in a two-point stance, but anytime we go into any kind of package, whether it’s a third down package or a packaged predicated on personnel. Down and distance, all those things give Romeo Crennel the ability to have him put his hand in the dirt and go get the passer," said Smith.
With all of the advice that Clowney has received from coaches, teammates and veteran players, time will reveal how much of an impact Clowney will truly have in the National Football League.
One thing is for certain, beside him being extremely marketable, Clowney is determined to never carry the tag of number 1 bust. Too talented for anyone to speak those blasphemous words, yet Clowney will have 16 weeks to build his legacy as a rookie.