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Texans owner starts talking up Jadeveon Clowney

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Let the games begin.

While everyone assumes the Texans are thinking quarterback with the top pick in the draft, they’ve surprised folks before.

After all, most folks thought they’d take Reggie Bush first overall in 2006, but they went with defensive end Mario Williams instead.

And in case you had forgotten that, allow Texans owner Bob McNair to create the first smokescreen of the draft season, as he waxed eloquent about South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney to the team’s official website.

“He’s one of these players who’s a once-in-every-10 years kind of physical specimen that comes along,” McNair said, via Tania Ganguli of ESPN.com. “Mario Williams was that way. I think Clowney is actually a better athlete than Mario.

“Like many of these players that have great physical attributes, they didn’t have to work as hard in junior high school and high school and in college to be a superlative athlete because they have this natural ability. He’s not a J.J. Watt. J.J. didn’t have that natural ability. He worked. He developed his. I said, ‘J.J., I don’t know what will happen, but if we get Clowney, we want you to instill in him the same kind of work habits that you have.’ He said, ‘If he’s in the same room with me, then he’ll have them.’”

So there you go. Adjust your mock draft accordingly.

Or don’t. The Texans still need a quarterback more than anything out of this draft, and it’s hard to imagine Bill O’Brien climbed aboard this project to not get a “partner in the offense” to work with.

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58 Responses to “Texans owner starts talking up Jadeveon Clowney”
  1. jpb12 says: Jan 14, 2014 11:56 AM

    Clowney is missing one thing.
    “Want To”

  2. joetoronto says: Jan 14, 2014 11:58 AM

    Oh God, first fantasy football and soon to be, mock drafts.

  3. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 14, 2014 12:00 PM

    I don’t see how you could not take Clowney with the top pick in the draft. But last year Luke Joeckel was the obvious best player in the draft and K.C. managed to talk themselves out of taking him. Who knows?

  4. stephenolszewski says: Jan 14, 2014 12:03 PM

    Smoke….smoke everywhere

  5. gdive says: Jan 14, 2014 12:03 PM

    Smokescreen to trade down and still take Manziel or another QB.

  6. thestrategyexpert says: Jan 14, 2014 12:04 PM

    Well sounds like McNair should adjust JJ Watt’s salary since he is doubling as a coach. And why haven’t you asked JJ Watt to instill great habits with everybody? That sounds like a great idea, what are you waiting for?

    I’m just very confused as to what the Texans are trying to say and accomplish with these tidbits, but sounds like they still don’t know what they are doing so the bottom line is this is still good news for all teams other than them at the moment.

  7. bucrightoff says: Jan 14, 2014 12:06 PM

    JJ Watt + Jadaveon Clowney = Lethal.

  8. steelerben says: Jan 14, 2014 12:13 PM

    The Texans pick first. Number one pick in the first round. Why exactly would they need to fool anyone about who they want to get?

    No one can jump ahead of them.

    If they are looking to generate interest in the top pick, isn’t it a little silly to get people thinking you’re going defensive end when there are five teams in the top eight looking for quarterbacks?

  9. canadianbucsfan says: Jan 14, 2014 12:16 PM

    This is one of the biggest smoke screens I’ve ever seen lol.. what options to the texans have at QB in free agency or in the second round? not anything good. They won’t be taking Clowney

  10. realnflmaster says: Jan 14, 2014 12:18 PM

    Shut up and let your GM do the job.

  11. baldbuc says: Jan 14, 2014 12:22 PM

    Bob McNair is from South Carolina and a South Carolina graduate. Hopefully he doesn’t allow is fandom of his alma mater affect his judgement.

    The last thing the Texans need is another Mario Williams (a guy with a questionable work ethic and who often takes vacation during the season).

  12. patriottony says: Jan 14, 2014 12:23 PM

    Living in SC,,, I tell most of you experts,,,,he lacks two things,,,,1) HEART 2) MATURITY. I have watched him the last two years,,and his little childish games,,,not wanting to practice,,,playing the injury role,,,taking plays off etc…..once this kids gets his first huge chekc in the mail….it’s allllll over,,,,perenially in trouble,,,,and a slacker

  13. eastofmissball says: Jan 14, 2014 12:23 PM

    J.J. & Clowney Put a big body in the middle and you would be an moron if you don’t take him. He’s a starter off the bat. and these two alone will win games for you.

  14. mogogo1 says: Jan 14, 2014 12:25 PM

    “If he’s in the same room with me, then he’ll have them.”
    ____________

    I love JJ Watt but hoping to teach somebody to work hard is risky. Best thing going for whoever takes Clowney is he’ll be motivated to get the big money when his rookie contract ends. But once that happens, all bets are off.

  15. th56 says: Jan 14, 2014 12:26 PM

    QB is such a hit and miss, and considering how all the good QBs seem to be 2nd and 3rd round picks now a days anyways, and also considering they have the first pick in the 2nd round, why not grab Clowney and a QB in the 2nd? These great players only come up so often and you have to grab them when you have the opportunity. I like Bridgewater, but hes not in the class of a once every decade type player. Nothing good rarely comes from a team passing up a great player for need.

  16. buddysguys says: Jan 14, 2014 12:28 PM

    Clowney will get his check and say Foot-what? I drive a fast car (in the tune of Tracy Chapmans hit song)

  17. 8to80texansblog says: Jan 14, 2014 12:29 PM

    Ironically, Bill O’Brien was on the radio this morning implying that they like Manziel….

    It’s all a game right now…

    I wouldn’t mind flip flopping back to Cleveland’s spot, let them take Manziel #1, and we get their 2nd rd pick….

  18. jayniner says: Jan 14, 2014 12:29 PM

    Look what the Niners did when they drafted Patrick Willis. They focused on building the defense first over the next few years, with an average QB in Alex Smith.

    3 consecutive NFC Championship games 2011-2013 say the Niners are doing something right.

    The Texans would be better off grabbing Clowney first, just sayin…

  19. jayniner says: Jan 14, 2014 12:30 PM

    …Assuming you can get past Clowney’s off-field issues.

  20. 8to80texansblog says: Jan 14, 2014 12:30 PM

    Bob McNair is a S. Carolina alum though…..

  21. ravenswhat says: Jan 14, 2014 12:31 PM

    That’s great and all but who is going to throw the ball to your stud WRs…Clowney??

  22. uwsptke says: Jan 14, 2014 12:36 PM

    It’s not like there’s a “can’t miss” QB ala Andrew Luck sitting out there this year. You take Clowney, fantasize about how opposing offenses won’t be able to block both Watt & Clowney, and then trade back up into the mid-late 1st round to grab your QB.

  23. elliottcovert says: Jan 14, 2014 12:41 PM

    Wow, he must really be sold on Teddy Bridgewater

  24. robrocker1959 says: Jan 14, 2014 12:50 PM

    steelerben says:
    Jan 14, 2014 12:13 PM
    The Texans pick first. Number one pick in the first round. Why exactly would they need to fool anyone about who they want to get?

    No one can jump ahead of them.

    If they are looking to generate interest in the top pick, isn’t it a little silly to get people thinking you’re going defensive end when there are five teams in the top eight looking for quarterbacks?

    ________________________________

    Maybe a smokescreen. Believe me. The first pick is the stage setter. If the first pick is QB, then there will be a trade at no.2 and a run on QB’s. If Clowney is taken 1st, then the Rams will be stuck and take Matthews. The third team Jacksonville will have the marbles to play with and they know it. The Rams have to hope the 1st pick is QB or they are stuck. Should be fun to watch the draft. Come on May 8-10!

  25. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 14, 2014 12:54 PM

    The big mistakes at the top of the draft come when team’s overthink themselves. Or listen to Mike Mayock.

  26. radrntn says: Jan 14, 2014 1:02 PM

    smokescreen?????not sure what kind of smoke that would be……Clowney is by most accounts according to most scouting services as the #1 overall prospect, and would think he is #1 on most NFL boards…i guess Dain does not think so, but with that said JJ Watts and Clowney on the same d-line would be the dynamic duo.

  27. usmutts says: Jan 14, 2014 1:02 PM

    Jadeveon Clowney is to JJ Watt
    As Paris Hilton is to Meryl Streep.

  28. realfootballfan says: Jan 14, 2014 1:02 PM

    I don’t know if I would remind people of that since Williams is in Buffalo now and Bush, whatever you think of him, was a key part to the Saints lone Super Bowl trophy in their case.

  29. gochargersgo says: Jan 14, 2014 1:03 PM

    You guys don’t think Watt could motivate him? I disagree. There are a lot of no nonsense veterans on that team (i.e. Andre Johnson), and Im personally a little scared at the idea of Clowney and Watt playing on the same line.

  30. gochargersgo says: Jan 14, 2014 1:07 PM

    News flash: None of you have a crystal ball. On the contrary, most commenters’ opinions are emotionally based, unfounded, and generally misguided. Is he a risk? Obviously, but you can’t say definitively how this kid will turn out one way or the other. Nor can I, but he wouldn’t be the first immature kid to turn his career around. You see it all the time, often with players who are even older.

  31. touchdownroddywhite says: Jan 14, 2014 1:11 PM

    Translation: “We want a huge haul for the first overall pick. Come and get it.”

  32. gdive says: Jan 14, 2014 1:13 PM

    robrocker1959 says:Jan 14, 2014 12:50 PM

    steelerben says:
    Jan 14, 2014 12:13 PM
    The Texans pick first. Number one pick in the first round. Why exactly would they need to fool anyone about who they want to get?

    No one can jump ahead of them.

    If they are looking to generate interest in the top pick, isn’t it a little silly to get people thinking you’re going defensive end when there are five teams in the top eight looking for quarterbacks?

    ________________________________

    Maybe a smokescreen. Believe me. The first pick is the stage setter. If the first pick is QB, then there will be a trade at no.2 and a run on QB’s. If Clowney is taken 1st, then the Rams will be stuck and take Matthews. The third team Jacksonville will have the marbles to play with and they know it. The Rams have to hope the 1st pick is QB or they are stuck. Should be fun to watch the draft. Come on May 8-10!
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    How will the Rams be stuck if the 1st pick is a QB? There are at least 4 teams behind them that need a QB and at least 2 of the 3 from Bridgewater, Maziel and Bortles will be on the board at #2. Rams are in great position no matter what the Texans do.

  33. thedarkknightforever says: Jan 14, 2014 1:13 PM

    As a Houston resident but NOT a Texans fan, I can tell you that Houstonians are embarrassed by our sports teams performances in general. But the Houston teams fans are still loyal especially to the Texans & primarily because of J.J. Watt who is a superstar here. With that said, the problem is with the offense. McNair & cohorts would be better off drafting a franchise quarterback (along the lines of “Big Ben” or Tom Brady) & giving Schab a pointy tipped boot. The team needs a on-field offensive leader & Schaub (just like the previous David Carr) is a bad joke of a quarterback & a leader.

  34. 80sbroncofan says: Jan 14, 2014 1:28 PM

    He’s not fooling anybody. Everyone knows they have to go qb with that top pick. Can’t wait until the second round to get a QB.

  35. seatownballers says: Jan 14, 2014 1:31 PM

    To much risk for any team to take first overall. Hyatt shut it, and draft bridgewater. He’s not Andrew Luck, but he’s an improvement

  36. bigbamboom1 says: Jan 14, 2014 1:38 PM

    I smell a trade or a series of them coming here. Probably with the Patriots for QB Ryan Mallet and young DE/OLB Brandon Spikes. The Patriots and O’Brien both know the canon armed Mallet is ready to start and lead a NFL team right now. He is a much faster and more mobile version of Brady (4.6 40 yd dash). He has learned under a JEDI Master (Brady). And is better than anyone on that draft board on the eyes of O’Brien and Belichick. If Brady sticks around for 3 more years, the Patriots will lose him. Spikes is the kind of talent that could light it up opposite JJ Watt.

    Here’s how that trade would look IMO. Patriots and Texans swap place in round 1. And Texans give up their 2nd and 4th round picks (#33 & ?). Patriots take Jadeveon Clowney @1 and QB AJ McCarran at #33. If AJ is gone they’ll go quality DL or OL at 33.

    Or Houston could just take Clowney at 1 and trade later based on what happens to McCarran, or someone else later. Or take him and keep him at #33. Then let him and Case Keenum duke it out for the start.

  37. raideralex99 says: Jan 14, 2014 1:42 PM

    Hey remember when the Raiders passed on the sure thing best prospect in Calvin Johnson for a franchise QB … JaMarcus Russell.
    Taking a Franchise QBs in the first round are a big gamble … thank god for the JaMarcus rule … rookie salary cap.
    Seahawks and 49ers came from the bottom feeders of the league to power houses by building a great defence and the Panthers made the playoffs because of their defence not because of their franchise QB.
    I would take a great defence over a franchise QB anytime.

  38. royce1054 says: Jan 14, 2014 1:44 PM

    I will say the same thing I said back in 2006 and people will say I’m crazy but somehow this happens. I said back on 06 from the start when I heard Houston will take bush I said no way they will take Williams or dbrick and I was right after being told how dumb I was. This year I’m telling you we won’t take Bridgewater or clowney, we will take either Mathews, bortles or Barr. You can say whatever you want I don’t see it. Btw I don’t want bortles either unless it’s in a trade back

  39. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 14, 2014 1:44 PM

    Mallet Head runs a 4.6 40? On Mars, maybe.

  40. schmitty2 says: Jan 14, 2014 1:48 PM

    I’m a Rams fan and I must say I’m pretty excited with them sitting at 2. If for some reason the Texans do draft Clowney then the Rams pick becomes that much more valuable to qb needy teams. Even if the Texans do draft Bridgewater that leaves the Ram’s in the position of either drafting Clowney with the intention of someday pairing him with Robert Quinn or trading down for more picks to those qb needy teams. Either way it looks like a win-win for them.

  41. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 14, 2014 1:59 PM

    The Texans Oline gave up 42 sacks in 2013. One would think they would be more concerned about Oline than Dline. With the defensive players they already have they don’t need Clowney.

  42. aldante66 says: Jan 14, 2014 2:01 PM

    I could be wrong but I thought I read the guy takes plays off and takes games off too. He always shines when its a TV game and people are watching.
    Reminds me of Jerrel Worthy. Looked all pro anytime MSU played Michigan but otherwise wasn’t noticeable. Now as a Packer he really has gone unnoticed.

  43. aldante66 says: Jan 14, 2014 2:04 PM

    Here’s the real problem. Too many chefs in the kitchen and no cooks.
    Take the Lions, they have four top picks all standing around thinking the next guy will get it done.
    The Packers pass rush did not improve until Mathews got hurt. Too many people standing around letting him do all the work. When they were forced to it got better.

  44. pw1265 says: Jan 14, 2014 2:11 PM

    “He’s one of these players who’s a once-in-every-10 years kind of physical specimen that comes along”

    He may have the body, but he sure does not have it upstairs where it is needed most!!!!

    OVERRATED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  45. broncostevenp says: Jan 14, 2014 2:18 PM

    If the Texans don’t take Manziel, then they deserve to pick first again the next year.

  46. socalraider909 says: Jan 14, 2014 2:23 PM

    It scares me because I know the Texans won’t grab him and everyone has the Raiders picking him but he just reminds me of Rolando everyone said Rolando was the Best/Smart pick and we all know how that turned out

  47. htown1035 says: Jan 14, 2014 2:26 PM

    raideralex99 says:
    Jan 14, 2014 1:42 PM
    Hey remember when the Raiders passed on the sure thing best prospect in Calvin Johnson for a franchise QB … JaMarcus Russell.
    Taking a Franchise QBs in the first round are a big gamble … thank god for the JaMarcus rule … rookie salary cap.
    Seahawks and 49ers came from the bottom feeders of the league to power houses by building a great defence and the Panthers made the playoffs because of their defence not because of their franchise QB.
    I would take a great defence over a franchise QB anytime.
    ——————————————
    Here’s a list of the last #1 Picks who were QB’s:

    Andrew Luck
    Cam Newton
    Sam Bradford
    Matthew Stafford
    JaMarcus Russell
    Alex Smith
    Eli Manning
    Carson Palmer
    David Carr
    Michael Vick

    Arguably only Russell was the bust of the group – Carr is still in the league, and the rest of these QB’s have been playoff QB’s and SB QB’s in Manning.

    The odds are better in getting a long term franchise QB with the first pick than it is finding one in the later rounds.

  48. tonyc920 says: Jan 14, 2014 2:38 PM

    2013 Texans team stats,
    Defense was 7th overall
    Offense was 11th overall
    I think this was the est available job in the NFL based on performance and the esiest turnaround ability. You will be 2014′s KC Chiefs.

    I would believe the biggest issue with the Texans was turnovers. They led the NFL with a -20 / 22 picks.
    Either they try to resurrect Shaub and trade out of #1 for additional picks, or they select Bridgewater. If they trade there’s still the possibility they can pick him at #4. I could see Cleveland making that trade as they are desperate for a QB and they have 2 – #1′s.
    I think a lot of GM’s are concerned with Clowneys character issues on and off the field. Can they change his attitude is the question ? I personally wouldn’t be surprised to see him drop on draft day, but he’s still a top 10 pick.

  49. texansdude says: Jan 14, 2014 2:53 PM

    If the Texans take Manziel, then they deserve to pick first again the next year.

  50. arwiv says: Jan 14, 2014 3:01 PM

    For those suggesting they take a QB in the 2nd rd….what QB who will still be left is going to be worthy of that #33 pick? You have about 4-5 top 20-25 caliber Qb’s and then there’s a decent drop off.

    If they want their new franchise QB they either pick him at #1 or trade down 5-10 spots and pick him there. Waiting till after the 1st round will be a crap shoot is they really want a rookie QB who can be the franchise guy.

  51. somethingsmellsrotten says: Jan 14, 2014 3:28 PM

    Can you spell B-U-S-T? Stay as far away from this guy as possible…he has made no bones about just getting rich and doesn’t care what anyone thinks.

    And whatever you do, don’t get in a car with him…speed kills.

  52. seaeagle707 says: Jan 14, 2014 4:38 PM

    So get your black ops guys to Clowney, ASAP. Oh, and tell them to make sure that they dangle the Lamborghini keys in front of his face while they talk.

  53. dbarker419 says: Jan 14, 2014 5:13 PM

    I watched Clowney in high school and college and have never seen a more gifted athlete.

    Watched Florida State lineman Jernigan get gased in normal weather yet Clowney was bashed for getting tired in 110 degree field conditions against UNC.

    He is a freak and was the most schemed against defensive lineman ever yet he still caused major problems without stats being as good.

    Watch the Tennessee tape as they were the only team to try to block him one on one. He destroyed Richardson a projected first round pick who had spent the whole off season preparing for the rematch.

    As one NFL scout said. Taking him first is risky but not taking him first is riskier.

    His off the field issues over his three years going 33-6 at a school that had never had an 11 win season consist of two speeding tickets.

    Alshon Jeffrey was bashed coming out of South Carolina but he did get out of shape unlike Clowney who has been clocked at 4.4. How is that working out.

    Texans are crazy to take a QB as this draft has no surefire Luck type player.

  54. 8to80texansblog says: Jan 14, 2014 5:29 PM

    I have to say I’m not a huge Clowney fan as I, like most people question his work ethic, but I am intrigued with the thought of a D line consisting of Clowney and Watt… Might be Andrew Luck’s worst nightmare….

  55. onlyoneleft says: Jan 14, 2014 6:34 PM

    i would not draft him. He is an immature slacker who has no work ethic. He got away with in high school and college and I would not expect any change.

  56. draconian1111 says: Jan 15, 2014 5:04 AM

    Nothing at all wrong with an owner that is convinced that they know all about football and player evaluation.

    Signed,

    Dallas

  57. dualprime says: Jan 15, 2014 8:30 AM

    I heard the interview. Didn’t seem like McNair was “talking him up” as if to say we’re drafting him, or not. More like describing Clowney’s ability and how the Texans view him. I’d be more concerned if McNair didn’t have an opinion.

  58. jamesdalyburton says: Jan 16, 2014 6:03 PM

    This class has a lot of good QBs, but no great QBs. There’s no can’t miss guy like Andrew Luck, and the Texans aren’t quite as desperate as Carolina was when they took Cam Newton. A QB can wait.

    Clowney disrupts offenses simply by being on the field. Teams compensate for him, limiting their game plan and often leaving other guys free. The bigger risk is not taking him.

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