Bob McNair high on Jadeveon Clowney

January, 14, 2014
Jan 14
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As the Texans figure out what to do with the third No. 1 overall pick in franchise history, they know one thing.

Texans owner Bob McNair thinks very highly of Jadeveon Clowney. McNair, who went to South Carolina like Clowney, offered these thoughts on the team's official website today. He favorably compared Clowney's athletic ability to Mario Williams, the player the Texans took with the first pick in 2006. He also indicated Clowney didn't have the same work ethic as defensive end J.J. Watt.

All of McNair's comments:

"He's one of these players who's a once-in-every-10 years kind of physical specimen that comes along. Mario Williams was that way. I think Clowney is actually a better athlete than Mario.

"Like many of these players that have great physical attributes, they didn't have to work as hard in junior high school and high school and in college to be a superlative athlete because they have this natural ability. He's not a J.J. Watt. J.J. didn't have that natural ability. He worked. He developed his. I said, 'J.J., I don't know what will happen, but if we get Clowney, we want you to instill in him the same kind of work habits that you have.' He said, 'If he's in the same room with me, then he'll have them.'"

Tania Ganguli

ESPN Houston Texans reporter

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