Texans Tracker: Texans Have Allegedly Already Decided on Jadeveon Clowney

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Clowney talk updates the tracker.
In previous years, we'd be in the home stretch for NFL Draft season now. Forever, the draft has been in or around the third weekend of April, but for reasons that don't really matter at this point, the league has moved it to May 8 through May 10.

And in the age of social media and a land rush to be the guy who guesses what the Texans do with the No. 1 overall pick, this means three more weeks of worthless conjecture, anonymous sources and "people tell me" journalism.

Currently, if there were a title for the king of this sort of reporting, Matt Miller of Bleacher Report would be running away with it.

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Clowney's too big for his tights, we guess.
Jadeveon Clowney has been picking up steam for some time as the likely choice for the Texans at No. 1 overall. Never mind that they desperately need a quarterback, and never mind that Clowney's fit in Romeo Crennel's defense is somewhat sketchy. Clowney has wowed everyone with his superhero physical skills, so much so that there's a noticeable consensus difference in his raw rating as a prospect between him and whoever is next on the list.

Also, Clowney has opted to shut down his private workouts for the remainder of draft season, which has led to a ton of speculation as to why.

Is Clowney concerned about sustaining an injury, especially after seeing a guy he went against every year in college (Brandon Thomas of Clemson) sustain a knee injury in a private workout in the last week or so?

Is Clowney just tired of being poked and prodded and he knows he has enough leverage to say, "Look at my film. There you go."?

(Both of these are acceptable rationales in my opinion, by the way.)

Or has Clowney already been told by the Texans that he will be the No. 1 overall pick in the draft? Wait, what? Yes, that's indeed what's being speculated by Miller.....



In February at the Combine, Miller had a "high-ranking team source" who said the Texans would take Blake Bortles if the draft were that day. In March, he reported that it "sounded like" Ryan Mallett "might be" reuniting with Bill O'Brien via trade.

Now, here we are in April, and "high-ranking team sources" and "sounds like" have begat the newest nebulous pseudo-source -- "people I've talked to around the league!"

Who are these people?

Meanwhile, Blake Bortles is in town today on his visit to NRG Stadium. Johnny Manziel and Khalil Mack visit next week.

Are "people around the league" aware of this?

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RoosterMcGee
RoosterMcGee

the best and obvious choice is Clowney.  You can get just as good or equivelant QB in the second with  McCarron or Mettenberger... 

MelADavis
MelADavis

No QB in the draft that can make a convincing #1 pick, plus the fact that a strong defense wins the games (winning records and SB champions for decades can back this up), plus a unique beast that could train under Watt (in case we have to let him go in the next year) could spell Clowney as the #1 pick.  Draft is 3 weeks away, though, so this is about as rock solid as picking the next SB champ.  

Mark H. Rogers
Mark H. Rogers

So how did that Mario Williams decision work out. Is Clowney's work ethic any different?

Puller58
Puller58

@RoosterMcGee @Puller58 I think we had this conversation before.  You have to laugh at how loyal some alumni are.  But he's the owner, and as one former NFLer put it, "Owners own."

Puller58
Puller58

@Purple_Crowbar @Puller58 The funny thing about Tebow is he and his father supposedly won't consider any other position or football venue because they want him to be a starting QB to witness their "faith."

Puller58
Puller58

@Purple_Crowbar @Puller58 Johnny "Football" certainly caught the attention of the locals, but remember that Tim Tebow got a lot of hype regardless of where he was from.

Purple_Crowbar
Purple_Crowbar

@Puller58 @Purple_Crowbar  agree. to make a long story short, I'd rather see them build a sustainable roster vs. reaching for a QB. and seriously, if Manziel was not a local story, I feel this whole QB thing would be portrayed a lot differently.

Puller58
Puller58

@Purple_Crowbar Point taken.  Eli is NOT Peyton, but has had big moments.  (The Giant's D made Tom Brady human.)  Wilson might be a shade better than Doug Flutie, but you are right about their defense.  I guess the main thing is that fans want instant gratification, and the best example of progress I'd say in the Chiefs with Andy Reid bringing in Alex Smith as a game manager.  O'Brien just has to work with what he can get.

Purple_Crowbar
Purple_Crowbar

@Puller58 @Purple_Crowbar  right, but everyone is operating under the assumption that the Texans can go from 2-14 to the playoffs in one season. O'Brien has likely determined that this roster is more than a borderline rookie QB away from being contenders again. there are arguably better QB prospects in next year's draft. I would rather build the roster overall through this year's very deep draft then expand on that foundation with a QB when the supporting cast, as well as established O and D systems are in place. I'd argue that Eli Manning is far from an elite QB who has more recently won two Super Bowls largely b/c of sound defensive talent and game-planning. In fact, everyone wants to anoint Russell Wilson as the next big thing, but Seattle truly won with defense. There are several so-so QBs currently playing that could have also achieved the same in Seattle with that D to support them.

Puller58
Puller58

@Purple_Crowbar I'm not in love with Manziel nor do I think much of the other QBs.  My concern is that the Texans are thin at QB, and the last team that went all the way with a really average QB was the 2000 Ravens with Trent Dilfer.  Clowney might be fine, but you can't win with defense alone.

Purple_Crowbar
Purple_Crowbar

@Puller58 @RoosterMcGee  How about the simple fact that Clowney is the best prospect in this draft, regardless of McNair's SC connection? It's becoming clear that none of the presumed top-three QBs are deemed worthy of a #1 overall pick. Not to mention, Bridgewater might even fall out of the first round and could be plucked with our top pick in the second round. You people need to shut up and realize Manziel is not the answer and NOT worthy of going #1 overall and that this team is on at least a two-year rebuild path. 

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