With the first overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans selected South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.
How Sports Talk Florida sees the pick…
Who can forget the bone-crushing hit Clowney delivered in last year’s Outback Bowl that catapulted him into the national spotlight and won him an ESPY? Now he’ll get a shot to do it in the NFL.
At 6-foot-6, 266 pounds with 4.53 speed and a 34.5-inch wingspan, Clowney is a rare, freakish talent with the potential to become a real superstar in the NFL. That is, if he can match his astounding physical attributes with hustle, something head coach Steve Spurrier called into question earlier this year.
The consensus No. 1 player in the nation coming out of high school, Clowney was an All-American all three seasons at South Carolina, dominating every level of the game he’s ever played.
As a true freshman, he saw action in all 13 games, recording 8.0 sacks and 36 tackles, including 12.0 tackles for a loss, along with five forced fumbles.
The following season, he set a single-season school record with 13.0 sacks and 23.5 tackles for a loss.
Against in-state rival Clemson, he set a single game record with 4.5 sacks. He was named All-America Player of the Year and finished sixth in Heisman voting.
His final season, he was double and even triple-teamed. He admitted that the hit and all the hype from the previous season may have created unrealistic expectations, but still managed to be highly productive, registering 40 tackles, including 11.5 tackles for a loss and 3.0 sacks.
Astounding, rare talent that can translate to the next level with a touch of consistency. Highly-disruptive player that will make an immediate impact at the next level.