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Former South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is confident that the Houston Texans won’t pass on him with their No.1 overall pick in the NFL Draft 2014.
According to the Houston Chronicle, the 21-year-old was smiling and in a positive mood on the eve of the draft in New York on Thursday night, with many expecting his name to be the first to be read out.
“I don’t think they’re going to pass. I think it will be (me). If I have to (go) No. 2, I’m going to be upset. I’m going to have to do something about it,” he said.
The excitement is growing over this NFL draft as ultimately it is still unclear as to who will be the first overall pick when commissioner Roger Goodell begins the process on Thursday.
While Clowney has been projected as the top overall pick on several draft boards in the build-up, the likes of Khalil Mack and Johnny Manziel have been touted as possible competition when it comes to the Texans’ requirements.
Nevertheless, Manziel has split opinion like no other prospect in the last few months, and there are still doubts as to whether or not he will be selected in the top 10.
In contrast, there is no real hesitance on Clowney’s part as he is expected to go within the top five regardless of Houston’s decision, and essentially he has been regarded as one of the best athletes to come out of the college game for years.
The festivities begin at 8pm ET on Thursday, and along with Clowney, a significant audience will be looking on waiting to hear news of who will be the first pick of the 2014 draft.