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Clowney wants Falcons to trade up for him

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Former South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney wanted to enter the draft in 2013.  Now that he’s eligible, he wants one specific team to draft him.

I wish [the Falcons] could trade up for me,” Clowney told Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com.  Clowney prefers a trade up, because he doesn’t want to be passed over five times.

“I hope I don’t fall to No. 6. I like Atlanta — a lot,” Clowney said.  “They’re pretty good.  They’ve got some guys from South Carolina on the team, also.  And it’s close to home.”

Four of the top five teams in the draft (Texans, Jaguars, Browns, Raiders) desperately need quarterbacks.  The other one (the Rams) doesn’t need another pass rusher.

During a Friday interview with Pro Football Talk on NBCSN, Falcons G.M. Thomas Dimitroff made it clear that the team that traded up to No. 6 three years ago to get Julio Jones could move up from No. 6 this year.

While it could make sense for the Texans to make that move in order to stockpile some picks, dropping behind the Jaguars, Browns, and Raiders could make it hard to get the quarterback the Texans would take at No. 1.  A move to No. 2 is more likely, given that Rams G.M. Les Snead and Dimitroff have a strong working relationship.

For both teams, the precedent set two years ago when the Redskins moved from No. 6 to No. 2 in a trade with the Rams could be a problem.  In 2012, St. Louis wrangled the sixth overall selection, two first-round picks (including the pick that became No. 2 in 2014), and a second-rounder.

While some would say that Washington was justified in giving up that much because Robert Griffin III is a very special player, the same could be said of Clowney.  Several months ago, one veteran scout with a team not picking in the top 10 remarked that Clowney is the best prospect he’s ever seen.

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  1. thestrategyexpert says: Feb 23, 2014 1:54 PM

    Well there goes down the interest in other teams wanting to trade for him. The Falcons don’t appeal to me so players that find them attractive also don’t appeal to me. I don’t want a football player that likes what Atlanta has going on. I think they suck and have the wrong idea about things, and to give them bonus points cause they have some buddies on the roster? That’s not what I want to hear. I’m looking for players who understand and appreciate the value of joining a team who has a much better plan than the inept Falcons. And good luck maxing out on that second contract if this team ends up overpaying Matt Ryan, which they very likely will. I hope you are extra good to make up for it on Defense if you want to make the Super Bowl.

  2. nomoreseasontix says: Feb 23, 2014 1:55 PM

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see him fall a little.
    Too many questions for a high first.

  3. meatcarroll says: Feb 23, 2014 1:56 PM

    Haha, the Clown and the Lolicons are made for each other.

  4. jjb0811 says: Feb 23, 2014 1:58 PM

    Someone will move up to 2 to nab Clowney. It’ll be a terrible move. There’s always the one CAN’T MISS player that misses badly. Clowney is thus years winner.

  5. eaglesnoles05 says: Feb 23, 2014 1:58 PM

    While some would say that Washington was justified in giving up that much because Robert Griffin III is a very special player… People who aren’t ridiculous fools would not.

  6. huskersrock1 says: Feb 23, 2014 1:59 PM

    The rams will trade out of the 2 spot for enough picks. Someone will trade up for him.

  7. gojags says: Feb 23, 2014 1:59 PM

    Can anybody tell how Clowney ran on the combine? He wanted to run 4.3/4.4, Wanting to run and able to run are two different things. I wonder what happened to Clowney.

    I hope Jags trade down and Get Mack plus a third rounder with Atlanta. Sure Caldwell and Dimitroff had good relationship to make it work for each other. Not ask a kings ransom and not getting a sandwich on return for the trade. Hope both teams prosper on the trade, afterall they are in diff conference.

  8. shaggytoodle says: Feb 23, 2014 2:01 PM

    I probably wouldn’t draft this guy because he only seems interested in playing for himself, and I definitely wouldn’t trade up for him.

    I understand wanting to be close to home and all, but he just keeps coming off as more and more selfish.

    He should be privileged to play for any franchise in the NFL, and if he is truly as great some as people think, he should be able to have an impact by helping turn around one of those franchises like Cleveland or Jacksonville.

  9. thevikesarebest says: Feb 23, 2014 2:03 PM

    The falcons are laughable.come to the Vi kings if u want a ring.SKOL

  10. mshawn75 says: Feb 23, 2014 2:04 PM

    If I had a top ten pick… He is off my board. He wants to play with his friends. You want him, trade for my pick, and suffer with his poor work ethic. Talent alone doesn’t work in the NFL.

  11. seatownballers says: Feb 23, 2014 2:04 PM

    And I want a golden toilet. But baby sometimes it’s not in the in the cards

  12. eagleeye09 says: Feb 23, 2014 2:05 PM

    I can already see Clowney being a problem on teams. This guy is a prime example of someone who thinks that he is bigger than the team. He’s only at the combine and saying where he would like to go and what team should pick him? Lets see what you can do in an NFL game before you get ahead of yourselves.

  13. alshonbrandontandem says: Feb 23, 2014 2:05 PM

    Why give up 2 #1 picks and a 2nd or a 3rd for a guy who’s own coach called him out on work ethic?!?! If you want him that bad, stay put at 6, and he’ll probably fall to you.

    I think he’s a tad overrated…

  14. kane337 says: Feb 23, 2014 2:09 PM

    Clowney will be running tomorrow.

  15. buckybadger says: Feb 23, 2014 2:09 PM

    He doesn’t fall past the Rams and I don’t think he gets past the Texans. There is no franchise QB in this draft. We have a bunch of nice guys but none of them are even worth a top 5 pick. Don’t reach just because it is a QB. Matt Schuab also isn’t going anywhere next year. Texans can’t cut him or trade him because of the $10M in dead cap space it would cause. Take the best player on the board and that Clowney.

    I love it when I hear the media types say the Rams won’t take him because they don’t need a pass rusher. Everyone always needs another pass rusher. The same media types criticized the Giants for taking JPP when they had Osi and Tuck. What are they going to do with 3 DEs the media asked. Win two Super Bowls that is what.

    When drafting you don’t pass up a better player just to fill a need. That is how the other teams get better and you draft busts.

  16. willnit says: Feb 23, 2014 2:11 PM

    All these couch GMs sure know their stuff. Clowney is already a bust, huh? To bad the REAL GMs don’t think like you guys. I can only hope Clowney drops.

  17. realnflmaster says: Feb 23, 2014 2:11 PM

    A Clown and the Failcons together? The perfect match!

  18. travelingwillies says: Feb 23, 2014 2:12 PM

    Like it or not. The falcons appeal to a lot of players. Not just clowney. The cities night life is one reason why. The team has had 5 winning seasons in the past 6 years

    For Clowney its a good fit. 4-3 system. Very close to his home. You got 2 other USC players on the Dline. And the falcons need some pass rush. But i’d offer a third rounder and that’s it

  19. jlmd17 says: Feb 23, 2014 2:12 PM

    RGKnee is a “very special player” umm pretty sure he was benched to “protect ” him. Ha ha. Oh that and the fact that he is a terrible pocket QB despite the fact that he was supposed to be the perfect QB inside and outside the pocket. What a joke.

  20. kuranda84 says: Feb 23, 2014 2:12 PM

    Please don’t give the Rams anymore 1st rnd picks!

    -Seahawks fan

  21. naes says: Feb 23, 2014 2:13 PM

    The RGIII trade is the gift that keeps on giving for the Rams.

  22. travelingwillies says: Feb 23, 2014 2:14 PM

    If he is anything close to what John Abraham meant to the falcons. It would be a good move

  23. slobberknocker says: Feb 23, 2014 2:15 PM

    In other words Mr. GM’s …if you want Clowney focused on football he needs to be near his mommy.

  24. officialgame says: Feb 23, 2014 2:16 PM

    Destined for the Cleveland Clowns.

  25. somethingsmellsrotten says: Feb 23, 2014 2:17 PM

    Good, I hope they trade up to get him…I don’t want this guy on my team.

  26. tvjules says: Feb 23, 2014 2:20 PM

    I’m surprised he’s saying this publically. Red flag.

  27. 6ball says: Feb 23, 2014 2:25 PM

    .

    Don’t sleep on Patriots backup QB Ryan Mallet. He’s had two years of NFL experience as Tom Brady’s understudy and may be more game ready than the rookies. Bill Obrien was Mallet’s OC his rookie season.

    .

  28. golforepar says: Feb 23, 2014 2:27 PM

    Once he gets drafted he won’t get any more speeding tickets! lmao!!

  29. El Pollo Loco says: Feb 23, 2014 2:30 PM

    Simeon Rice 2.0.Great when he’s focused but he’s never 100 percent focused

  30. juanweiner says: Feb 23, 2014 2:37 PM

    Id like to see the Raiders trade up to get him. He belongs there.

  31. travelingwillies says: Feb 23, 2014 2:41 PM

    Rams already have a good DLine. Clowney is overkill. How about getting a secondary. Julio Jones and Steve Smith torched their DBs last year

  32. huthuthut says: Feb 23, 2014 2:42 PM

    I don’t see why the Rams would be interested in moving UP in the draft. All the pundits have them looking to move DOWN.

    Please shed some light on why you think the opposite might be true,

  33. realfootballfan says: Feb 23, 2014 2:42 PM

    Clowney is good, but hopefully the Falcons learned what happens to your depth when you make a trade like they did to get Jones. He’s certainly worked out well, but their defense has continued to slide into oblivion because of those lost picks. Jernigan, Donald, or Mack would be good fits for them at 6 to build around on their defense.

  34. huskersrock1 says: Feb 23, 2014 2:44 PM

    the price just went up for the Falcons if they did want to trade up. Good job Clown.

  35. datdude84 says: Feb 23, 2014 2:45 PM

    As a fan of an oppossing nfc south fan I woukd love for thefalcons to give up more picks for one guy. The falcons lack depth and mmultiple positions on the oline and dline. Also missing another piece in the secondary. Very thin team who can’t protect their qb or play defense trade up for one guy? Please do.

  36. cluelessdufus says: Feb 23, 2014 2:47 PM

    Does anybody really know what teams want in players? You see teams either take a player thats too high (E.J Manuel, Christian Ponder) Or take a player that is great for that pick, but had greater needs (Dolphins trade up for Dion Jordan instead of so much speculation to Take Lane Johnson). I’m not saying that happens all the time, but there is picks that are head scratchers.

  37. dirtydrynn27 says: Feb 23, 2014 2:48 PM

    RGIII is the gift that keeps giving to the Rams?????

    What gift and what have they done with those gifts???

  38. ✦ Pittsburgh is the City of Champions ✦ says: Feb 23, 2014 2:49 PM

    This isn’t the time to be picky.

  39. mlmike25 says: Feb 23, 2014 2:59 PM

    Who in the hell is advising this guy? ??

  40. restorativejusticeprogram says: Feb 23, 2014 2:59 PM

    Patriots should trade Brady for a basket of picks and let Mallet start. The guy is ready to lead and Brady hasn’t won anything since Giselle.

  41. shaggytoodle says: Feb 23, 2014 3:00 PM

    The Vikings couldn’t win back to back games last season.

    They will continue to not win a SB playing like that.

  42. robertb655 says: Feb 23, 2014 3:06 PM

    Vikings are a joke, send him there

  43. aonebetterday says: Feb 23, 2014 3:10 PM

    Falcons should go for Clowney. He wants to play for them and it would make a good fit. RGIII was not a good pick for the “Bravehearts” for what they gave up. They gave up the world for him and unless they win a SB it will not be worth it.

  44. 1rockyracoon says: Feb 23, 2014 3:12 PM

    Compared to the awful franchises drafting at the top of the draft I think everyone would prefer to go to Atlanta.

  45. FinFan68 says: Feb 23, 2014 3:16 PM

    The more I see of this guy the less I like him. Appropriate first syllable in his last name though

  46. der6495 says: Feb 23, 2014 3:21 PM

    To people saying it’s a huge deal about him saying where he wants to go, remember John Elway and Eli Manning in the draft?

    4 Super Bowl wins between those two, and they didn’t want to go to the teams that drafted them. Turns out they didn’t end up going to those teams either.

    If Clowney is downgraded for being a me-first selfish guy, there are two QBs who did pretty well doing the same song and dance.

  47. fordmandalay says: Feb 23, 2014 3:29 PM

    Translation; I’ll be dogging it like I did this last season, if any team I don’t like drafts me.

  48. 4thqtrsaint says: Feb 23, 2014 3:29 PM

    I hope they trade up too.

  49. gritzblitz66 says: Feb 23, 2014 3:30 PM

    It’s not like he wants to play for the Falcons above any other franchise, it’s he wants to go to a team that has a chance. And looking at the top 6 teams picking Atlanta has the most going for them.

  50. bighex209 says: Feb 23, 2014 3:31 PM

    Get barr or mack or trade decoud or douglas with the draft pick trade one of them with spoon and worrilow find the oline and dline in free agency

  51. lionsdraftguy says: Feb 23, 2014 3:37 PM

    I called this WELL before the draft experts started their analysis. Just like I called the Washington trade up for RGIII.

  52. bighex209 says: Feb 23, 2014 3:38 PM

    I mean with spoon and worilow and rookie linebacker linebackers would be set

  53. stinkymcmulligan says: Feb 23, 2014 3:49 PM

    Would trade the pick before i draft this ‘Clown’.
    Clowney is all about Clowney. NEXT.

  54. cguy7 says: Feb 23, 2014 4:00 PM

    The Rams would take him but there is a little thing called the Salary Cap…

  55. fballguy says: Feb 23, 2014 4:01 PM

    Michael Brockers, Janoris Jenkins, Alec Ogletree, Stedman Bailey, Zac Stacy and oh yeah…the 2nd pick this year. That gift.

  56. ajgreenhof says: Feb 23, 2014 4:21 PM

    This guy acts so entitled already.

  57. leatherface2012 says: Feb 23, 2014 4:34 PM

    send him to gb. oh wait , they had the #1 rated defense last year. nevermind

  58. donnymacjack says: Feb 23, 2014 4:45 PM

    Mark my words, the Rams are going to pick a QB at number 2. Probably Manziel if he’s available. I believe they are concerned that Bradford isn’t the “franchise” QB they need/want and this may be their best opportunity to provide some competition at the position. And Bradford could bring some decent draft picks in a trade during the season next year.

    I’m thinking The Texans, Rams, and Jags all take QB’s. Whoever gets Bridgewater will be disappointed. The other two will be happy. And if Manziel turns out to be a hard worker, he’ll be in the “elite” conversation within 3 or 4 years. So basically Cleveland end up with Clowney and the Raiders will draft for flash, whoever runs the fastest 40 regardless of position.

  59. imnotsorryisaidthat says: Feb 23, 2014 4:45 PM

    How dare he be confident..How dare he have a preference…How dare he speak his mind..He will still go top 3

  60. flipola says: Feb 23, 2014 4:47 PM

    I actually like that he made his feelings public. As a player, I’m sure he’d be happy to go to any team and try to help them win, but he, like most other guys, has a slight preference. If it turns teams off and he lands in Atlanta, he got what he wanted. The pay isn’t all that different.

  61. fnc111 says: Feb 23, 2014 4:56 PM

    Beggars can’t be choosers.

  62. nizzledizzleshizzle says: Feb 23, 2014 4:56 PM

    i wish the ravens would trade up for you!!

  63. smackers86 says: Feb 23, 2014 5:03 PM

    You can’t use the RG3 trade as a measure for what it would take to move up this year just because it’s the same picks. With RG3, Cleveland and Washington were in a heated auction trying to outbid the other. And at the time Griffin appeared to be a can’t-miss franchise QB.

    This year it’s a physically gifted DE with serious character concerns and nobody else in on the bidding. If someone else tries trading up for a QB (Minnesota?) maybe the Rams have some bargaining power. Unless that happens, I doubt it would take more than throwing in a 2nd round pick to move up.

  64. brooklyn40niner says: Feb 23, 2014 5:05 PM

    Geez, why won’t this guy shut up?!

  65. keltictim says: Feb 23, 2014 5:11 PM

    What is wrong with a player letting it be known where he wants to go

  66. jacobslatter says: Feb 23, 2014 5:19 PM

    ESPN’s Vaughn McClure covers The Falcons and NFC South crap so of course Jadeveon would tailor his interview towards smooching booty to a particular squad, in this case the Falcons. It’s better than a cry baby forcing their way out of a team roster (Elway, Eli Manning) so this means nothing. They are just chewing the fat.

  67. azjohnny says: Feb 23, 2014 5:41 PM

    I expect Clowney to fall out of the top 10. I would draft one of the 3 top LTs before Clowney

  68. classyjacklambert says: Feb 23, 2014 6:27 PM

    Wow he only put up 225 lbs 21 times today… Would have thought he could do more.

  69. rabidboy says: Feb 23, 2014 8:32 PM

    If Mack and Barr nail the Combine and their respective Pro Days, Clowney will not be the first defensive player off the draft board.

    He could very well fall into Atlanta’s lap at #6.

  70. thereyougo2 says: Feb 23, 2014 8:37 PM

    RG111 with a better coaching staff and a year of recovery should prove to be worthy of the picks Washington gave for him. If that meddler of an owner decided to trade him he be more of a bargin than any QB in this years draft. Fans forget the talent he’s shown prior to his injury. The guys a winner. IMO.

  71. axespray says: Feb 23, 2014 8:54 PM

    “The other one (the Rams) doesn’t need another pass rusher.”
    —————————–
    Then again, Chris Long’s Cap hit and a chance to get a younger compliment for Quinn.

  72. oldcracker says: Feb 24, 2014 12:34 PM

    So much depends on the Texans’s first move.

    I don’t think the Rams will take him because their glaring need is at LT, or possibly WR Watkins. Second, HC Jeff Fisher had to deal with head cases in Haynesworth and V. Young. I don’t think he’s ready to do that again. Rams could trade down to Atl/TB/Min (?) and still get the LT or WR they covet.

    I believe Texans go for QB Manziel or Bridgewater; Jacksonville takes QB Bortles; and Cleveland gets whoever is left of the top 3 QB’s, or WR Watkins/Evans. Oakland gets one of the top 3 QB’s (if available) or Clowney, if he’s still sitting there. (Clowney just seems like a Raider)

    That’s the problem for the Falcons. Falcons, at #6, must move ahead of the Raiders (at least) if they want Clowney. However, if the Texans take Clowney, the whole point is moot.

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