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2014 NFL Draft: Why The Houston Texans Should Draft Jadeveon Clowney - 5/5/14

Why Jadeveon Clowney Is The Best Option For The Houston Texans

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Leading up to Thursday’s NFL draft, everybody is wondering who the Houston Texans are going to take with the first overall pick. The pick has to be defensive end Jadeveon Clowney out of South Carolina.

To me, it’s really not even close as Clowney is by far the best player in the draft. His skill set is absolutely ridiculous, and he has the ability to be one of the top defensive players in the NFL for years to come. Save me the questions about his motor, Clowney gets off the ball quickly, is great against both the run and pass, and his combination of size and speed is simply unmatched.

2014 NFL Draft: Why The Houston Texans Should Draft Jadeveon Clowney - 5/5/14

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From just a skill set evaluation, Clowney can be considered the LeBron James of the NFL. We’ve just never seen this type of package wrapped into one player.

This of course brings me to my next point. The first overall pick is supposed to be spent on a can’t miss player. Somebody who can step in right away and make your team better. If it isn’t the case, the Texans are likely going to be in this position again in a few years.

Yes, the Texans need a quarterback, but all of the QB’s in this class have question marks. There isn’t an Andrew Luck on the board this season. It never makes sense to waste the top pick on a quarterback you’re not 100 percent confident with just because you need a quarterback. Instead, grab the best available player and find your quarterback either later in the draft or through free agency.

Everybody is so focused on finding an elite quarterback, but don’t realize there are other pieces to the team that have to be built. This way by the time the Texans find their QB, the rest of the team will be ready to go and Houston fans can start talking about the playoffs.

Settling just doesn’t make sense, especially with a player as talented as Clowney on the board. Imagine Clowney and J.J. Watt coming off the edge at the same time. Scary stuff.

Picking a questionable quarterback and hoping things work out can set your franchise back several more years. Snagging a game-changing defensive end may not fix the offensive issues, but it’s the best option the Texans have and will immediately make them a better team.

After all, that’s what the first overall pick is supposed to do. 

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