Houston Texans Make Jadeveon Clowney the No. 1 Overall Draft Pick
By Barry Wilner
NEW YORK — No surprise: Clowney is the Texans’ man.
After two extra weeks of intrigue, Houston opened the NFL draft by taking South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. Rarely does a team not reveal the top overall choice until it is announced, and there was wide speculation the Texans had soured on Clowney, whose work ethic has been questioned.
Obviously, the Texans were convinced that a player considered a budding NFL star even when he was a freshman was the right guy for them.
After Commissioner Roger Goodell announced the pick, fans who filled Radio City Music Hall to capacity applauded Clowney as he held up his index finger, his eyes moist, a relieved look on his face.
Clowney, 21, brings size, speed and power to a lineup that already has 2012 NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt. His diligence had been questioned after he slipped from 13 sacks to just three in 2013. Critics said he was protecting himself from injury in his junior year before declaring early for the draft.