Jadeveon Clowney has always had more potential than production and been more flash than substance. When the Houston Texans selected him with the first pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, it was hard to argue with their decision. But now, as his holdout lingers, it’s clearer now more than ever Houston should trade him.
Clowney was a monster at South Carolina, and he was destined to be the No. 1 pick in the 2014 draft.
It was just one play, but that complete annihilation of Michigan’s Vincent Smith changed the whole game for Clowney. He became a household name before his junior year even began. Unfortunately, it’s been the highlight of his career on the field so far.
Clowney entered the draft after his junior season and tested off-the-charts at the combine. At 6-foot-5 and 266 pounds, he ran a 4.53 40 and flashed a 37.5-inch vertical. It was absurd. Those skills haven’t led to NFL production, though. Clowney has played in 62 NFL games over the past five seasons and has just 29 sacks to show for it. His rookie year was cut short by a knee injury after just four games, but he’s been relatively healthy since. His best season game in 2017 where he amassed 59 tackles and 9.5 sacks, yet has never topped those modest numbers. The problem is, he wants top-tier edge rusher money and Pro Football Focus ranked him ninth among edge rushers for the 2018 season.