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Gil Brandt thinks Mack goes before Clowney


In recent weeks, a presumption has emerged that defensive end Jadeveon Clowney will be the first player drafted on Thursday night, with the only question being whether the Texans trade the pick before making it, they pick Clowney then trade him, or they pick Clowney then keep him.

The venerable Gil Brandt has another thought when it comes to Clowney.  Brandt, a long-time Cowboys executive who now works for the NFL, believes Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack will be picked before Clowney.

Brandt hinted at the theory last week, when he said he’ll have Mack higher than Clowney in Brandt’s final rankings, to be released on Monday.  Brandt thereafter reinforced the point, telling Peter King of that Brandt believes Mack will be taken before Clowney.

It could be that the Texans ultimately decide to go with Johnny Manziel at No. 1, and that the Falcons trade up with the Rams for Mack at No. 2, leaving Clowney on the board for the Jaguars at No. 3.Then, the Jaguars would have to decide whether to draft Clowney or someone else, like receiver Sammy Watkins.The Jags also could then trade Clowney to a team lower in the top 10 that regards Clowney as the best player in the draft.Either way, we’re only three days away from the start of the draft.  And there’s no clear sense as to how any of it will unfold.

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46 Responses to “Gil Brandt thinks Mack goes before Clowney”
  1. Raider Jon says: May 5, 2014 9:17 AM

    Watkins to the Raiders. Please, please, please.

  2. djcologne says: May 5, 2014 9:22 AM

    I like Mack a lot but Gil needs to put the glass pipe down.

  3. floratiotime says: May 5, 2014 9:23 AM

    Gil Brandt has made a nice bit of cash by saying stupid things before the draft.

  4. corkspop says: May 5, 2014 9:24 AM

    Clowney will be the first player taken, whether its the Texans or a team that trades into the spot. Mack is top 5 for sure.

  5. barsfordays says: May 5, 2014 9:24 AM

    Im the farthest thing from sold on Clowney. Dont see the necessary work ethic/attitude.

    Houston, take Mr. Football.

  6. williamwallacewouldhavebeenaraider says: May 5, 2014 9:25 AM

    Raider Jon says:
    May 5, 2014 9:17 AM
    Watkins to the Raiders. Please, please, please.
    That’d be sweet we need something to go our way

  7. elwaysagenius says: May 5, 2014 9:26 AM

    Gil Brandt is just a senile old man at this point

  8. divorcetohealing says: May 5, 2014 9:29 AM

    Jags in a great spot. Watkins, Clowney, or Mack. Can’t lose on all of those. Good fits and top prospects. QB in rd 2. And the largest video boards in the world and pools in the stadium…..Jacksonville is the place to be!!

  9. rabidboy says: May 5, 2014 9:29 AM

    It really becomes a matter of best player available or best player for scheme.

  10. jacobslatter says: May 5, 2014 9:30 AM

    Mack may go before Clowney because of his 3-4 OLB predalictions (I think that’s a word) & at least 2 teams in the top 6 swing in that direction.

  11. thestrategyexpert says: May 5, 2014 9:35 AM

    It’s not that shocking considering there was a report just the other week that said Rick Smith prefers Mack to Clowney. Some of these GMs don’t like to second guess themselves, so I wouldn’t be surprised if Rick has a sheet of paper he carries around every day that says on it “Mack no matter what”.

  12. kwjsb says: May 5, 2014 9:36 AM

    Costners note said “Mack no matter what”

  13. orivar says: May 5, 2014 9:39 AM

    He thinks Mack goes before Clowney and I hope for the draft to come before the next draft article, draft statement, NFLN mock draft show, etc.

  14. isphet71 says: May 5, 2014 9:44 AM

    Funny thing is, in 3 years either Mack or clowney will be average at best and a “bust” and the other guy will be all-pro. And everyone will be saying “omg we knew this guy would be a bust”

  15. 3xapple says: May 5, 2014 9:48 AM

    I don’t know how anyone who is a fan of football can say a negative thing about Gil Brandt. I love listening to him talk, he’s awesome. I don’t necessarily agree with this, but it’s good to know that he’s willing to put a different opinion out there.

  16. packerfansarefat says: May 5, 2014 9:52 AM

    I cant believe not one is thinking like I am….”Mack will go before Clowney!”……..PLEASE, get this draft under way so we can be put OUT OF OUR MISERY!!!!

  17. realdealsteel says: May 5, 2014 9:52 AM

    He’s saying that because if the truth be told, Mack is a better fit in Houston’s system then Clowney. And putting Mack with Matthews, behind JJ and the front 7 still looks damn good.

  18. datdude84 says: May 5, 2014 9:54 AM

    If the Texans draft manziel over mack or clowney they should fire the gm immediately. Clowney or mack would be ideal for a team with watt and a weak secondary. The infatuation with this year’s draft class is ridiculous. Bortles would be a better choice over manziel. Neither should go in the top 7 to 10 picks.

  19. movethesticks76 says: May 5, 2014 10:01 AM

    Buffalo is trading up to get Mack!!! Best D in the league this year!! Mack, Spikes, Alonso! WOW

  20. Lord Oswald Bupkis III says: May 5, 2014 10:03 AM

    The Texans want Bortles and will look to trade back to get better value. If that fails they will take him at #1.

  21. hakunamangata says: May 5, 2014 10:04 AM

    He should, he’s a better player. Boo if you want but come 2016 Mack will be a pro bowler whereas Clowney will live up to his namesake.

  22. sterling7 says: May 5, 2014 10:06 AM

    “Gil Brandt thinks Mack goes before Clowney”-it only makes sense, Mack is much better suited for a 3-4, Clowney should always play in a three point stance and attacking!

  23. 6ball says: May 5, 2014 10:13 AM


    “Either way we’re three days from the draft and no one has any idea how it will unfold”

    True that. Manziel is either the first overall pick or an early 2nd rounder. Where do the tackles go? When do the DB’s start coming off the board?

    In a draft like this, teams may be moving all over the board.


  24. jvw23845 says: May 5, 2014 10:18 AM

    Clowney will be a massive underachiever unless he’s playing in a contract year. The minute you pay this guy he’ll pamper himself to keep from getting injured until the next contract year.

    Pick Mack Houston!

  25. jimmyrhythm says: May 5, 2014 10:25 AM

    I’ll be so happy when next Monday comes! No more Mock Draft 21.0, no more “hard news” items about what this or that “expert” believes, no more wasted hours on the NFL Network predicting who takes what when. The only ones who know for sure what’s going to happen are the teams’ GMs.

  26. mclovin07 says: May 5, 2014 10:32 AM

    Can we just skip to Thursday?

    Goodell I hope you realize how ridiculous this extra 2 weeks have been!

  27. njoberg says: May 5, 2014 10:38 AM

    Mack at 8, mettenberg/McCarron 2nd rd

  28. timbuttrum says: May 5, 2014 10:43 AM

    Aaron Curry part 2

  29. tommynatorii says: May 5, 2014 10:51 AM

    divorcetohealing says:May 5, 2014 9:29 AM

    Jags in a great spot. Watkins, Clowney, or Mack. Can’t lose on all of those. Good fits and top prospects. QB in rd 2. And the largest video boards in the world and pools in the stadium…..Jacksonville is the place to be!!

    Do you live in Jacksonville? I do, it is not the place to be..What would a Sammy Watkins or a Jadeveon Clowney do here? This has to be the least NFL player friendly city in the NFL..No stars in Jax. No oe wants to come here. Who’s the face of the jags right now? Blackmon? sheesh..

  30. petecarrolmorelikecheatpayroll says: May 5, 2014 10:52 AM

    To those trashing Gil Brandt, just know this, that guy has more football IQ than everybody (myself included) on this comment board put together – and dating back longer than most of us have been alive. They don’t call him ‘The Godfather’ for nothing. And just what if he’s right?

  31. jc1958cool says: May 5, 2014 10:53 AM

    mack is the the best pick in this draft, just ask merril hodge. I watched clowney agaist Wisconsin and I was not impressed, most times he wasn’t doubled teamed!

  32. praetorian12 says: May 5, 2014 11:04 AM

    Stupid statements? Crazy rumors? The draft must almost be here…

  33. 4evrnyt says: May 5, 2014 11:14 AM

    All due respect to Brandt but he’s been out of touch with the modern NFL for quite some time. Yes he’s been involved with the league forever and still has earned the right to be heard but his mock drafts and player lists haven’t been very accurate for awhile now.

  34. jcjaguar says: May 5, 2014 11:27 AM

    tommynatorii….I live in Jax as well. Are you taking a poll of all current and potential NFL players? HTF do you know?

  35. firstdownpunt says: May 5, 2014 11:35 AM

    I’m of the opinion that Clowney will go first overall, and likely have a very productive career. However, it’s not outrageous that the Texans pick Mack before Clowney. Clowney may have all the talent in the world, but as Jamarcus Russel showed everyone, if you don’t have to commitment and work ethic, raw skill won’t always carry you. If the Texans picked Mack, they would still get what seems to be a potentially dominant pass rusher to pair with Watt, and might not have to worry about the headaches that could come with Clowney.

  36. unlimitedcriticism says: May 5, 2014 11:39 AM

    I get the questions about the QBs in this draft. What I don’t get is the logic of Houston drafting Clowney or Mack. Defense was not and has not been this team’s problem. Offense is, in a big way. Sure, don’t draft Manziel if you aren’t sure about him, but draft a RT or Watkins if you must. I’m guessing they’d prefer to trade down to get that done, which would be ideal, but doubling down on the strength of the team when your weakness is as weak as Houston’s is… That’s not a great strategy. There’s only so close to zero points allowed a team can feasibly have, especially when your offense is intent on losing the field position battle.

  37. htown995 says: May 5, 2014 11:53 AM

    Clowney will be a bust mack a all pro

  38. weepingjebus says: May 5, 2014 11:56 AM

    If you draft a player with a suspect work ethic whose last name is “Clowney” you have no excuses.

  39. ebrownwareagle says: May 5, 2014 12:10 PM

    Funny how People on these sites are ranting and raving over KMack! And Never seen Him PLAY MORE THAN 2-3 GAMES IN HIS CAREER! Yet he’s been Anointed a STUD and Clowney a Bust. And Neither has played a NFL DOWN. Hilarious.

  40. Matt dog from C-town says: May 5, 2014 1:04 PM

    i would have a hard time spending the first pick of the draft on a guy that had three sacks… just sayin….you could say he was being careful, but is that the new precent for collage players heading into the NFL ?

  41. htown1035 says: May 5, 2014 1:37 PM

    Texans trade down, get Mack (Rick Smith already said in a previous interview how much he likes him), get extra picks and get their QB with the second pick, hopefully Bridgewater.

  42. kingokra says: May 5, 2014 1:40 PM

    My five-year old daughter says there’s no way Mack goes before Clowney. I think Amelia will make a much better GM than ol’ Gil. Just sayin…

  43. kingpel says: May 5, 2014 2:14 PM

    Oh the intrigue. Too bad I got tired of draft speculation a month ago.

  44. edavidberg says: May 5, 2014 2:18 PM

    Last year Brandt said Ziggy Ansah #2 overall to Chiefs, Jets trade up to #3 overall to take Dee Milliner, Shariff Floyd would go #9 and Geno Smith would go #11.

    I’m not saying he’s not a good scout and he’s not entertaining but anything he says is probably not gonna happen.

  45. IamtheBucsFan says: May 5, 2014 2:23 PM

    In this draft the teams will be changing positions like a NASCAR race. Should be interesting, at best. No clear cut #1 and the QB’s could go first or 31st.

  46. dieselguy19 says: May 5, 2014 3:33 PM

    I agree with this 100%. Would say it’s about a sure deal.

    As for the lame Raiders fans and their meaningless 2 cents they post on here. No one cares about you or your pathetic team. Get real fans and a real team. There’s 31 others to choose from.

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