Jadeveon Clowney hoping Falcons will “trade up” to take him

2/24/14 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsAlthough Jadeveon Clowney’s old coach Steve Spurrier already sounded his approval for the NFL prospect’s work ethic, the subject is still popular among his doubters. Questions regarding his work ethics once again took center stage after Clowney’s bench press numbers at Sunday’s Scouting Combine were considered mediocre with relevance to his position. The former South Carolina defensive end, who stands at 6-foot-5, put up just 21 reps at 225 pounds.
Considering Clowney is projected to be a top-five pick, its seems possible that the former First-team All-American (2013) selection could fall to the Atlanta Falcons, who possess the No. 6 pick in May’s draft. In that context, Clowney was recently asked about his views on potentially playing for the Falcons and he had this to say:
“I wish they could trade up for me," Clowney said via ESPN.com. "But I hope I don't fall to No. 6. I like Atlanta -- a lot. They're pretty good. They've got some guys from South Carolina on the team, also. And it's close to home."
Although the Houston Texans are heavily touted to go for a quarterback with their No.1 pick, there’s a slim chance they could go with this in another direction as well. If not, Clowney is still picked up early in the 2014 NFL draft.
According to a report by the Sports Exchange, if Clowney is still available after the Texans have made the top overall pick of the 2014 NFL draft, then the St. Louis Rams can expect to hear a lot of trade offers for their No.2 overall pick. Meanwhile, the Jacksonville Jaguars or Cleveland Browns won’t be off to a bad start either if the drafts’ most naturally talented player slide’s in the first-round so that he is within their reach. Though, it’s also important to note that the Jaguars and the Browns have a bigger need at the quarterback position. Both teams seem more inclined towards improving their offense than focusing on their defense.
The Oakland Raiders appear to have no need for help at defensive end – so that brings us back to the Atlanta Falcons. CBSSports.com's Pat Kirwin considers it a high possibility that the Falcons will trade up to take Clowney with the No.2 pick. In support of that argument, the Falcons have previously expressed interest in trading up in the draft and they could desperately use some help on the defensive line.  However, it remains to be seen if the Falcons are truly capable of will trading up from their No.6 spot to take Clowney, under the right circumstances.
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