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Tuesday, April 22, 2014
McClain sticks with Clowney to Texans

By Tania Ganguli

We continue our weekly checkups on the mock drafts by the Houston Chronicle's John McClain.

Clowney
He gave quarterbacks Blake Bortles and Johnny Manziel to the Texans in his first two mock drafts, and then created waves around the NFL when, after months of insisting there was no way the Texans' wouldn't select a quarterback, he switched to defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.

The top five looked similar this week, but Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins jumped into fouth, ahead of Bortles and knocking Texas A&M tackle Jake Matthews out of the top five. Matthews, by the way, is reportedly visiting the Texans this week.

When I asked McClain about switching to Clowney last week, he joked that he had three more mocks and hoped to get one right. But this time, McClain stuck with Clowney, who is quickly becoming the league-wide favorite in the attempt to guess the Texans' first pick. Teams around the league, not just media members, believe this will be the pick.

What does it all mean? It means if a team really, really wants Clowney, it will be thinking really, really hard about whether it can afford to jump into the top spot.