Mack over Clowney? Someone thinks so

April, 21, 2014
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NFL draft prospect Jadeveon Clowney might have some convincing to do Monday when he visits the Houston Texans.

Peter King from his column in TheMMQB:
Houston, at No. 1, isn't set on Jadeveon Clowney. In fact, one FORS (Friend of Rick Smith) told me the Texans general manager likes Khalil Mack over Clowney, and we still don’t know which quarterback Houston would choose if it chooses one first overall. I still think the Texans would go with a more sure thing with the first overall pick than a quarterback -- and that sure thing could also be tackle Greg Robinson. But imagine Mack, the outside linebacker from the University of Buffalo, being the first pick in a stacked draft. Wouldn't that be something -- a second straight Mid-American Conference player (Eric Fisher, Central Michigan, by Kansas City) as the top pick in the NFL draft?

I keep hammering home the point that Clowney is the Texans' best bet for trading the top overall pick. Trading out of No. 1 is something both Smith and Texans' owner Bob McNair mentioned interest in back in January, the same time when they introduced Bill O'Brien as the Texans' new head coach. If the Texans don't think Clowney is worth the top overall pick, there are certainly others who do. It will cost a lot for a team to move into the top spot, which means trading down would be fantastic for Houston's future.

Tania Ganguli

ESPN Houston Texans reporter

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