2014 NFL Draft – AFC South – Draft Grades

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2014 NFL Draft - AFC South - Team Grades:  The Jaguars had a good draft, but the Titans’ draft was even better.

Houston Texans:

The Texans got the consensus best player in the draft in Jadeveon Clowney.  They filled a need and got outstanding value.  Another team might have screwed this up, but the Texans did the right thing.  They filled another need and got great value in the second round with UCLA guard Xavier Su’a-filo.  They hit again in the third round with value and need with TE C.J. Fiedorowicz, and NT Louis Nix.  They missed on getting a franchise QB, but Tom Savage is a good developmental prospect in the fourth.   Grade:  B+

2014 NFL Draft

Houston Texans first-round draft pick Jadeveon Clowney. Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

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  • SoTxJoe

    How did JClown keep the hype alive that made him the consensus “best in class”, especially after the terrible season he had last year at the college level? Looks like Houston got hosed a la Mario again,

    • http://fanonfiresportswire.com/ Maurice Barksdale

      Ok. If not Clowney then who?

      • David Dorman

        IMO Khalil Mack is the one definite player to have a big impact immediately. He always knows where the ball is going to be and is a big playmaker.

        • http://fanonfiresportswire.com/ Maurice Barksdale

          I like Mack, but Clowney is the more talented player. What people fail to understand about Clowney is that if he’d been able to enter the 2013 draft, he would have been the number one pick then. He had nothing to prove last season.

          Think about it. Jadeveon Clowney’s worth last season was in the millions, and yet he played at South Carolina for no compensation. All Clowney needed to do last season was stay healthy so he could cash in a winning lottery ticket. And he made it through unscathed.

          Even if Clowney had gone all out and had 20 sacks last season, it wouldn’t have improved his stock one bit. Because you can’t go any higher than number one.

          • David Dorman

            Everyone has their opinion. I think Clowney has the highest ceiling, but you know what you are getting with Mack. Mack is an every down playmaker with versatility on or off the line. Clowney is a pass rush specialist who looked avg against the run to me. I don’t believe the 1st pick warrants taking a guy who can’t be dominant on every down, just my opinion.

          • http://fanonfiresportswire.com/ Maurice Barksdale

            Clowney was being double and triple teamed every other play last season. Teams made a concerted effort to negate his effectiveness by sending the guard over with the tackle, and using the tight ends and running backs to chip him on their way out into their routes.

            There’s only but so much a man can do when all of that happens. However, it does open things up for teammates though. Kelcy Quarles had 9.5 sacks playing next to Clowney last season. But like I said, I like Mack. He reminds me of Von Miller.

      • SoTxJoe

        Where’s my post that showed that more than THREE HUNDRED defensive college players had better stats last year than JClown?

        • http://fanonfiresportswire.com/ Maurice Barksdale

          I’m not sure what post you’re referring to Joe. I didn’t delete anything. Maybe it was a post you made on another site. And while respect your opinion, there’s not one defensive player I would have taken over Clowney in this draft.

          Clowney’s numbers were bound to go down in 2013, after being double and triple teamed most of the season. And like I pointed out below, his teammates benefited from the extra attention on Clowney. Kelcy Quarles played next to Clowney, and had 9.5 sacks last season after only 3.5 in 2012.

          • SoTxJoe

            Okay. Thanks Maurice. i’ll still disagree with your Clowney-alysis but i appreciate your response.

            In the one i was whining about, i listed the NCAA’s top three sack and tackle leaders and showed that about three-hundred and fifty spots later was Clowney. Last year in Houston, JJ Watt was double-teamed way more often than Clowney, yet he managed a good season against PROFESSIONAL talent. i predict JC will be like Mario Williams in that he was rarely double-teamed, never game-planned for by opposing coaches, and about 75% of the time would do little more than raise up out of his three-point stance during a play.

          • http://fanonfiresportswire.com/ Maurice Barksdale

            I don’t doubt that Clowney wasn’t going all out last season. It’s like I said, he was clearly trying to make it through the season without any significant injuries, and I can’t say I blame him. Why go all out and risk serious injury when he was basically playing for free?

            And J.J. Watt was getting paid millions to do what he did. South Carolina didn’t pay Clowney a dime. You see the difference now. What would J.J. Watt’s performance have been like if the Texans told him that in order to get paid next year, you have to play for free this year?

            Clowney’s situation was different than anyone else’s in college football. He had already proven himself as a top prospect as a sophomore, but he was deprived of the ability to cash in on his outstanding sophomore season. He would have been the number one pick in 2013 if he’d been able to come out.

            So why risk injuring yourself playing for South Carolina for no compensation? Clowney saw first hand when his former teammate Marcus Lattimore suffered a catastrophic knee injury the season he was projected to be a first round pick.

            But instead of becoming a millionaire Lattimore is fighting just to make in the NFL. Clowney made sure that didn’t happen to him. And if it meant being called lazy, then I think it was worth it, as he’s about to become rich. Not a bad trade off when you consider the alternative. And thanks for your comments Joe. This is an interesting debate.