Houston (CBS Houston) – After months of speculation and debate, the Texans selected South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney with the first overall pick on Thursday night.
Clowney becomes the third player selected first overall by the Texans and the second defensive end (Mario Williams ’06). Considered the best athletic talent in the draft, he was the number one overall recruit out of high school, dominating the SEC for his first two seasons. But his production dropped last year as he only totaled three sacks.
“It feels great,” Clowney told ESPN, “I’m proud to be a part of the organization.”
Clowney will play outside linebacker in Houston, but Bill O’Brien said Wednesday that he would spend about 60% of plays lined up with his hand on the ground.
“He’s an impact player. We always talk about impact players and adding those type of athletes to our orginization.” Rick Smith said.
He joins J.J. Watt and a defensive unit that ranked 7th in the NFL in yardage defense last season.
“I’m looking forward to it. I’ve been watching J.J. since I was in college and now I get to play beside him so that makes it even better for me.” Clowney said.
Clowney will also play in Romeo Crennel’s traditional 3-4 system.
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