Texans pick Jadeveon Clowney in 1st

May, 8, 2014
May 8
HOUSTON -- The pick: Jadeveon Clowney, defensive end, South Carolina

My take: Clowney gives the Houston Texans another elite pass-rusher. His talent is transcendent, and they needed some pass-rushing help on the outside. The Texans were never concerned about Clowney's work ethic, something that was the source of a lot of hand-wringing during the pre-draft process.

Lots of teachers: Clowney will have leaders on his team pushing him in the form of defensive end J.J. Watt and inside linebacker Brian Cushing. He'll have an excellent linebackers coach in Mike Vrabel, who transitioned between a linebacker and a defensive end as a player. That transition was the only question mark for Clowney coming into this. The rookie scale means there's still plenty of motivation for players to get that second contract.

What's next: The Texans could trade back into the first round to take a quarterback, still their biggest positional need. They still have needs at quarterback, offensive lineman, cornerback and running back.

Tania Ganguli

ESPN Houston Texans reporter



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