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5 Reasons Why Jadeveon Clowney Must Be No. 1 Overall Pick in 2014 NFL Draft

5 Reasons Why Jadeveon Clowney Must Go No. 1 Overall

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We’ve all heard the nonsense about Jadeveon Clowney being “spoiled” or not motivated enough, but any team foolish enough to pass on this kid is going to regret it. The Houston Texans may already have J.J. Watt in house, but that doesn’t mean Clowney isn’t needed on their defense. If any team passes on the former Gamecock this May they should be committed to the psych ward, and here are five reasons that prove it.

5. Motivation

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5. Motivation

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Now hear me out on this one. Anonymous personnel guys are taking potshots at Clowney through the media, saying that he is “spoiled” and lacks motivation. Don’t you think hearing that nonsense has the former South Carolina star jazzed up to go play harder than ever before once he gets in the league? The only thing scarier than Clowney in the NFL is an angry Clowney in the NFL.

4. Proven Commodity

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4. Proven Commodity

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There is no projecting necessary with Clowney. Sure, he had a bit of a down year last season when many presume he mailed it in while waiting to get paid, but that previous campaign as a sophomore where he set the school single-season record for sacks (13.0) and TFL (23.5) was ridiculous. That kind of production doesn’t just materialize out of thin air. This kid is ready to take the league by storm, and passing on that upside would be foolish.

3. Scheme Versatility

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3. Scheme Versatility

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Though he fits best as a 4-3 end, at 6-foot-6, 266-pounds running a 4.53 time in the 40, there’s no doubt Clowney could play outside linebacker in a 3-4 and dominate. That type of speed is rare for OLBs in the 4-3 alignment let alone in the 3-4 where guys tend to be tweeners and converted DEs. No matter what defensive philosophy the team wants to employ, Clowney can excel at it.

2. Pass-First League Puts Edge Rushers at a Premium

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2. Pass-First League Puts Edge Rushers at a Premium

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Today’s NFL is all about passing, and that type of pass-first mentality puts an added emphasis on disrupting offensive rhythm and putting pressure on the QB. Clowney would immediately step into the league as the most talented player at his position with a ceiling that is through the roof to destroy QBs on a regular basis. Not capitalizing on the opportunity to thwart opposing offenses routinely would be a huge mistake for any team.

1. Once in a Generation Talent

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1. Once in a Generation Talent

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As cliche as it may seem, the one reason that can’t be argued against is Clowney’s out-of-orbit talent. There is no one else on this planet at present with the potential to be an absolute menace rushing the passer in the way Clowney can. Despite the naysayers and all of the questions about his motivation, this kid is poised to break records at the next level. Passing on the next Lawrence Taylor would be a tough stigma to live down.

Anthony Blake is a Senior Writer/Copy Editor for Rant Sports. You Can Follow Him on Twitter, on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google.