He could be fool's gold. There's a buzz that if you need to improve your defense, take Buffalo LB Khalil Mack, who is guaranteed to dominate in the NFL.
The Houston Texans have the first pick in the draft and are in dire need of a QB. Clowney may be too good to pass up, but there's a reason the Texans have the top pick: they need players. If I were them, I'd trade out of that pick and still get my QB.
Missouri DE Michael Sam showed average ability in his workouts. He needed a better showing to increase interest in him. Some teams will stay away on general principle. Other teams that were considering him could slide him down their boards. In addition, he's not OLB material. He's a DE. Can he line up and succeed at this level with his hand in the dirt?
Someone's going to get a good player in Pitt DT Aaron Donald. NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said this about Donald's combine performance: ""I will put this day up ... with any defensive tackle [at the combine] in the last 10 years."
The team that will be smiling the widest this May are the St. Louis Rams. They have the No. 2 (from Washington) and the No. 13 selections in what is being called the deepest draft in years. No matter what Houston does, they will get an impact player should they stand still. If Houston passes on Clowney, they either take him or trade out for more picks. Meanwhile, Washington can only sit and watch.
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