Jadeveon Clowney has been the popular #1 mock pick to the Texans and it seems like almost everyone believes he will end up in a Texans uniform. Here are a few of the mock drafts we rounded up for your viewing pleasure.
Click here for Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr.’s (ESPN) mock drafts.
Will Brinson (CBS Sports)
1. Houston Texans — Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina: No trade out this time and, frankly, I don’t see it happening if Rick Smith really wants to land a 1, 2, 4 and a 1 in 2015. That’s too much unless someone’s coming from the teens to get Clowney.
Bucky Brooks (NFL.com)
Dane Brugler (NFLDraftScout.com)
Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina: Since Bill O’Brien was hired in Houston, I’ve penciled Blake Bortles into this spot for the Texans at No. 1. But Clowney might be too talented to pass up here and from what I’m hearing, he is the favorite at No. 1 if Houston keeps this pick.
Eric Galko (Bleacher Report)
It seems clear by now that the Texans are interested in trading down to the highest bidder for Jadeveon Clowney, but I’d imagine they won’t just give up the best player in this draft. Clowney doesn’t fill a huge need, but adding him to the mix with J.J. Watt would give the Texans defense two elite rushers to keep Andrew Luck off balance for years.
Stephanie Stradley of the Houston Chronicle reports that her sources say Clowney will be the pick.
Walter Cherepinsky (WalterFootball.com)
1. Houston Texans: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
I’ve said all along that the Texans were 50-50 between Jadeveon Clowney and Blake Bortles, so Charlie and I decided that it would be a good idea to have our mocks begin with each of those players. That changed two weeks ago, as it appears as though Houston has settled on selecting Clowney with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
This pick is pretty close to being locked in. There’s still a chance it could be traded, but the rumored Atlanta deal is probably not going to happen. The Texans would love to get a Robert Griffin-type package for this choice, but it’s not going to happen.
From what I’m hearing, it seems like Houston believes there isn’t enough of a difference between the first- and second-round quarterbacks to warrant passing on the greatest pass-rushing prospect in years. Besides, there’s actually a chance the Texans can grab either Teddy Bridgewater or Johnny Manziel at No. 33; especially the former. Multiple teams believe Bridgewater will fall.
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