NFL Draft: Why the Houston Texans Have to Take Jadeveon Clowney

The NFL draft takes place in the month of May and leading up to the event, experts always attempt to guess who will be selected with the number one overall pick. This happens every year and this year there seems to be more contenders for the top spot. Jadeveon Clowney is among many of the players that could be selected Number one overall by the Houston Texans.

The Texans also need a quarterback, but for most there is only one person that they should and will take and that is Clowney.

It all starts with defense on this team. This year the defense will be coached by Romeo Crennel. The focal point of Crennel’s defense is identifying opposing personnel and tailoring his calls accordingly (we frequently hear of game-plan offenses, but game-plan defenses are the norm in the NFL, too). When an opposing offense trots out its regular personnel which will be consisting of two running backs and a single tight end will trigger Crennel to counter with his three-man defensive fronts. More generally speaking, in running situations, Crennel relies on his base defense. One comparison that has been drawn for Clowney is current Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Tamba Hali, who some questioned whether he’d fit in Crennel’s system when he took over the Kansas City defense in 2010. Hali played what Crennel referred to as the “Jack” linebacker, aligning away from the strong side of the formation a yard or so off the ball in a two-point stance. This will give the Texans a big edge on a defense that is always stout up front with NFL superstar JJ Watt.

So what is stopping the Texans from drafting Clowney? The Texans have a glaring need at quarterback. In fact, with the addition of a reliable starting quarterback, Houston isn’t that far off from being back in the playoffs. Though no player has separated himself from the quarterback pack in this year’s class, the Texans might be convicted that one of them offers long-term, franchise-level play. They best case scenario is that the Texans can draft Clowney with the first NFL pick and then still select a quarterback and this year’s class is very deep.

The other problem with drafting Clowney is that he has been questioned about his work ethic and effort on the field. There are those in the NFL that have expressed similar concerns, while others aren’t worried, noting that Clowney was a disruptive force each time he stepped on the field. If Houston falls more on the former side of said discussion that might be enough to dissuade them from drafting him. This is a player that will be a force in the league for years to come and one that Houston must not pass on, if they have any hopes of returning to the playoffs this year. In a league that features Andrew Luck, the Texans cannot afford to pass on Clowney.

Cole Ryan

Cole Ryan

Cole started off as a part time handicapper and a full time computer programmer. After developing a computer program that consistently provided winners in NFL, NBA, MLB, and college sports Cole went into full time handicapping. The computer program and his knack for winners made him a rising star in the handicapping world. His complex computer program based on algorithms and analytical calculations have led to a 60% ATS rate.