It’s 8:15 PM on May 8th of the year 2014 and the eyes of the world are focused on the scene inside Radio City Music Hall. (nfl) The Houston Texans were on the clock, trade rumors abound, the question of will they or won’t they was floating through the building, and finally Roger Goodell approaches the podium to make the announcement. (sportsillustrated) The pick was in, the Houston Texans opted against a trade and instead decided to proceed with a selection, that selection is the once in a lifetime talent, the can’t miss prospect, Jadeveon Clowney. (wikipedia) The first pick overall wasn’t a shock, and now the Texans are going to be able to pair this incredible athlete with the likes of J.J. Watt, Whitney Mercilus, Brooks Reed, and Brian Cushing, which will make for one of the most intimidating defensive fronts in decades. This pick is a natural pick, a perfect fit for a dominant defense, the Houston Texans had plenty of needs but you can’t pass up a talent the level of Jadeveon Clowney, and they were smart enough to make the right choice. When someone with the level of skill, strength, speed, and size of a Jadeveon Clowney is available, doing anything other than adding him to your roster is a terrible choice.
Jadeveon Clowney is an incredible specimen, his measurable ratings are off the charts, making it hard to get a true comparison to any other player in the history of the NFL. (espn) This is a man who stands at 6’5 1/2″ tall, weighs in at 266 lbs, and ran the 40 yard dash in 4.53 second, let that sink in for a minute, this is a man the size of a pro wrestler running 40 yards as faster than 26 other players at the wide receiver position at the same scouting combine that he had attended, and this was supposedly with a hamstring issue. (sbnation) The biggest issue in many peoples minds was the immeasurable trait of “heart” and his desire to put in the work needed to become a superstar at the next level. (cbssports) Clowney has stated himself that his goal is to become the greatest to ever play the position of Defensive End in the history of the league, quite the lofty goal, and he’ll have to put a ton of work in to make it to that level, but he claims he’s willing to do everything needed to reach that level. (nationalfootballpost) If his words are true, the Houston Texans have landed the greatest gift they could have ever hoped for in their franchise history, only time will tell.