The similarities between the 2006 Texans and 2014 Texans are getting pretty eerie. New coach, same GM, first pick of the draft, washed out quarterback. Not to forget there’s no sure shot pick at number one in the draft, and Johnny Manziel is the 2014 version of Vince Young. Now Mike Mayock is saying that Jadeveon Clowney could be better than Mario Williams. In his own words:
I know that he’s got the physical makeup to be the best player the draft, if you want to compare him to Mario Williams, I think he’s a better football player with more upside than when Mario came out of college. … From a physical skill-set (standpoint), this kid is as freaky as they come. He plays a position of critical importance in today’s NFL, which is an ability to get the quarterback, and he can play multiple places on the defense. All those things check off.”
If Mayock’s analysis is accurate, to this point the Texans would be wise to pull the trigger on Clowney. After all, they made the right choice in 2006 when they picked Mario Williams. But Mayock didn’t stop there. Here continued:
My biggest concern is just, what’s his mental makeup? How important is it to him, when he gets a paycheck, to become the best player in football, or is he just going to be happy to be a millionaire? I think that’s the most critical checking point here for an organization, is finding out the motivation. What kind of kid are they going to get? I know what the football player is when motivated. I just want to know what kind of kid I’m getting.”
A lot of people are still rubbed the wrong way because Clowney decided to take a couple of games off this past season. There’s also a real concern that Clowney was over hyped, an argument is based on his monster hit against Michigan in 2012.
There’s no reason to sell Clowney short on what he’s able to do on the field. The truth is that he’s a beast. After his freshman campaign in 2011, he was considered the first overall pick by Andy Staples of SI.com in a hypothetical 2012 college mock draft:
As a freshman, Clowney racked up 12 tackles for loss and eight sacks despite barely knowing South Carolina’s plays. Now bulked up and more accustomed to a college defense, Clowney should be good for almost twice as many snaps per game.
The hype is real with Clowney, but his work ethic still remains a question. Clowney is the only person that knows whether or not he’ll be a machine in the NFL or not. If he’s a work horse, he should be the number one overall pick in the draft. No question. But this draft has left us fans with more questions than answers.
The last thing anyone in Houston wants is a player that acts like the Spring Valley Village Police Dept. If you’re not familiar with Spring Valley Village P.D., they patrol a four mile radius, centered at the Bingle/Voss exit off of I-10. They’re an absolute waste of tax payer dollars. They’re not out fighting crime, they’re out finding reasons to issue traffic tickets to people who are feeding the economy. Why? Because people that have money are going to pay fines, so they don’t have warrants. Seems legit, right?
They’re tactics are by far the laziest attempt to police an area. They’re a frustrating bunch. They’re not out doing a job, they’re out collecting a paycheck.
A player that has the mind frame of collecting a paycheck can be a cancer to a locker room, the way that Spring Valley Village P.D. is to society.
The concerns that revolve around Clowney are nothing to be overlooked. With no clear cut favorite in this year’s NFL draft, the odds of the Texans drafting Johnny Manziel increase each day.
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