Is it ever too early for an early look at the NFL draft?
No. Well I'm glad you agree. And if you didn't, oh well, I'm still writing.
Between now and May, we can sit back, relax and debate who is going to be the No. 1 overall pick at Radio City Music Hall. The best part is that between now and then, anything can happen.
The Houston Texans may be on the clock, but they are not guaranteed to make that pick when the commissioner takes the stage.
So who will go No. 1? Well, it depends on the team picking, honestly.
If you are the Texans, you need a quarterback. So, is it Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater, the most "pro-ready" prospect, Blake Bortles from UCF, or Johnny Manziel from Texas A&M?
Maybe they don't go quarterback at all. Enter former South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. This cat is a beast! He has all the physical tools to be the top pick, but I'm not sure that he has the motor or desire to live up to the hype.
While at South Carolina, Clowney saw his numbers dip as his career progressed, which is alarming. Did I mention that he was out benched by a punter at the combine?
Sure, it probably doesn't matter that much, but who in the heck gets out lifted by a punter?
Here's how I see it. Clowney is a boom or bust pick. He's either going to be the next dominant pass rusher like a Derrick Thomas or he's going to be a draft bust, much like Courtney Brown.
If I'm Houston, I'm taking Bortles. This kid has a great arm, and plenty of room to grow. To me, there is tremendous upside here. Bortles has the size, strength and ability, unlike the much smaller Manziel or the lanky Bridgewater.
Could you imagine the Cleveland Cavaliers passing on Lebron James in the 2003 NBA Draft? What if they decided the go with Darko Milicic? Insane right?
That’s basically the situation we have, but way larger. This is football.
As it became more and more obvious that Johnny Manziel would declare for the NFL draft, and as his stock continued to rise, sports fans have made a very “smart” connection.
“Hey Bill, that there Johnny football is real good. He’s from Texas, so he’s the best.”
“Yer right, Cledus. Houston has to pick the boy. It’s like a law or somethin’.”
I know I write like the solution to most issues couldn’t be more obvious, but this a give-me.
Jadeveon Clowney is the best football player to enter the draft in a very long time. He SHOULD be the obvious choice at No. 1. The debate should start at No. 2.
But a lot of people, including the “experts,” feel that Johnny Football will be the first to grace the stage at Radio City Music Hall.
And yes, I am comparing Manziel to Milicic. He’s a bust, and Clowney is a sure thing.
Does Steve Spurrier seem like a BS-er? He wasn’t blowin’ smoke when he said that Clowney was NFL-ready right out of high school, and I agree with him.
I don’t know if any of you saw this year’s Super Bowl, or any of the professional game in the last five years, but defense wins championships. I understand that this mindset is cliché, and I’ve tried to fight it, but it’s true.
Clowney will create a championship caliber defense instantly.
If the Texans want a quarterback, they would be better off signing Vince Young, paying him nothing, selling more jerseys and waiting for 2015.
Trust me, Manziel is about to make Tim Tebow look like Tom Brady.