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NFL Draft: Jadeveon Clowney fifth SEC player since 2004 to go No. 1

Jadeveon Clowney

For the fifth time since 2004, a player from the SEC was drafted number one overall in the NFL Draft. South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney was drafted with the first pick in the 2014 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans Thursday night in New York City. Clowney is the first defensive player to be drafted with the top pick in the draft since the Texans drafted Mario Williams out of NC State in the 2006 draft.

Clowney will be a great addition to the Texans, a franchise in need of getting tougher on defense but not one with a tremendous amount of ground to make up in the AFC South. New head coach Bill O’Brien, who coached Penn State the past two seasons, may still be searching for his franchise quarterback but he may be able to pick up a nice option in the second round. Having Clowney though makes Houston a more difficult team to guard against with J.J. Watt already demanding attention from opposing offensive lines. With Watt one one side and Clowney likely on the other, Houston could have a tenacious defensive line.

Clowney is the second number one overall draft pick in South Carolina history. He joins running back George Rogers, who was drafted first overall by the New Orleans Saints in the 1981 NFL Draft. Since 2004 the SEC has now had five number one overall picks in the draft, but the rest have been quarterbacks. Eli Manning (Ole Miss) was drafted by San Diego in 2004 before being traded away to the New York Giants. LSU’s JaMarcuss Russell was drafted by Oakland in 2007, Georgia’s Matt Stafford was drafted by Detroit in 2009 and Cam Newton was taken by Carolina in 2011.

Auburn linebacker Audray Bruce was the last defensive player from the SEC to be drafted number one overall, going to the Atlanta Falcons in the 1988 NFL Draft.

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23 Responses to “NFL Draft: Jadeveon Clowney fifth SEC player since 2004 to go No. 1”
  1. classyjacklambert says: May 8, 2014 8:23 PM

    Boom or bust?

  2. tgaustin says: May 8, 2014 9:11 PM

    WOW! Didn’t take long for COLLEGE football talk to bring up the $EC in relation to the NFL draft.

  3. Deb says: May 8, 2014 9:11 PM

    I’m just so HAPPY to finally be watching the draft!!!

    Boom or bust? Assuming he stays healthy, I think he’ll do well.

  4. Deb says: May 8, 2014 9:15 PM

    tgaustin …

    Oh, for heaven’s sake. Just as seven straight titles in once conference is a story, five #1 picks in 10 years for one conference is a story.

    Given the amount of SEC whining on here, some of you guys need to just start wearing diapers.

  5. cubano76 says: May 8, 2014 9:18 PM

    I hope he texted Spurrior a picture of his middle finger.

  6. tgaustin says: May 8, 2014 9:20 PM

    Everyone on this site:

    “Hey, did you here what Deb said”?

    “Who…………..Cares”!

  7. Deb says: May 8, 2014 10:16 PM

    tgaustin …

    You cared enough to respond, didn’t you? LOL

  8. keltictim says: May 8, 2014 10:19 PM

    His comment doesn’t really make much sense, show me a major conference that isn’t swimming in cash right now. The Mac is not a major FYI

  9. bonerchamp says: May 8, 2014 11:01 PM

    The best players go where they can get paid the most.

  10. amosalanzostagg says: May 9, 2014 12:09 AM

    Hey Tg,

    The house is done, you’re welcome to come on down.

    Seriously, you’re going to be upset with the SEC having 10 players going in the 1st round or are you pissed that Texas A&M had 3 first rounders?

    OSU and TCU with first rounders? Where is Texas?
    Bueller? Bueller?

    Shows just how far the Big 12 has fallen.

    SEC,
    PAC-12,
    B1G,
    The ACC, a much maligned BCS conference, had 4 first round selections, or 2 more than the mighty Big 12.

    Enjoy your regional conference.

    RTR

  11. tgaustin says: May 9, 2014 9:46 AM

    HAHAHA!!!! ‘Cause sooo many Bama boys pan out these days in the NFL.

    On a side note, congrats to the university of Louisville on landing 3 players in the first round.

    Another good title for this site would have been: “Since 1980, Michigan has had 30 OL drafted, including 12 in the first two rounds”! However, since Michigan is not in the $EC, this would never fly.

    Enjoy being a tool Amos.

  12. 8to80texansblog says: May 9, 2014 12:12 PM

    Actually the SEC had 11 of the 32 First Round picks.

    SEC W: 8
    A&M had 3 (Matthews, Evans, Manziel)
    Bama had 2 (Mosely, Clinton-Dix)
    Auburn had 2 (Robinson, Ford)
    LSU had 1 (Beckham)

    SEC E: 3
    Tennesssee had 1 (James)
    Florida had 1 (Easley)
    South Carolina had 1 (Clowney)

    And to be honest, I’m surprised Kony Ealy didn’t go in the 1st too…

    Big 12 got outdrafted by Louisville and of course A&M.

  13. tgaustin says: May 9, 2014 12:15 PM

    Out drafted is such a lame term. Let’s see how they are doing 3 years down the road.

  14. Deb says: May 9, 2014 12:36 PM

    If memory serves, a Bama boy was rookie of the year ;)

  15. 8to80texansblog says: May 9, 2014 12:57 PM

    The Defensive Rookie of the year was an SEC player too (Sheldon Richardson, Mizzou).

    As well as the NFL Offensive player of the year and the NFL MVP….

  16. amosalanzostagg says: May 9, 2014 2:18 PM

    Tgaustin,

    Tsk, tak, tsk

    I know you’re addled because

    (1.) the meds for your mental malady of PSS(Post
    Saban Syndrome) aren’t working correctly because
    OSU and TCU had players selected in the first round and Mighty Texas is no where to be found, and

    (2.) t really tick you off to see Texas A&M have three players selected in the first round, four in each first round for the last four drafts.

    Drafts don’t lie. The Big 12 is a regional conference
    at best. Signing day showed it and the NFL draft confirmed it. Enjoy your Texas centric conference.

    RTR

  17. tgaustin says: May 9, 2014 3:17 PM

    Silly, silly, decrepit old man. With the exception of injured Julio Jones and Eddie Lacy, is there another Roll Turd player doing anything in the NFL??

    Any who my friend, if you so wish to know, my meds are: swimming, biking and running 20hrs a week on my way to competing on the big Island in late October. You on the other hand, are about to move the area/state that you love to hate so much it’s how you get it “up” these days. You give the SEC fan base a bad name. You didn’t even pay attention to my earlier points…but that’s okay.

    You and “Deb”(who reminds me of Kathy Bates from Mysery) are two of the most hypocritical posters on this site. Go ahead and beat your chest’s about the all mighty $EC, because nobody gives a ratz ass…except for those in your neck of the woods. Life is absolutely marvelous here in Central Texas.

  18. amosalanzostagg says: May 9, 2014 5:30 PM

    Tgaustin,

    Great! Exercise is a great way to help ameliorate your mental problems and moderate the adverse effects your meds cause you. If you’re doing the original Ironman triathlon on the Big Island of Hawaii, congrats, it is a mother.

    As for the house in the Woodlands, it’s to be close to the kids. The house in Edna is leased out and the house in Alabama will always be home. I was able to sell the Home in Palo Alto and in Georgetown, Va to simplify my active life style. Texas has always been special since the mid eighties when my late wife and I decided to be in the center of the country since the boys were off to college.

    As to your earlier opines. Bama has 35 players in the NFL and I really don’t expect you to have any clue on Bama football much less SEC football because you’re simply ignorant on football, college pro or Pop Warner.

    http://www.rolltide.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/090313aab.html

    As to Central Texas, drought is rearing it’s ugly head again and the lower Colorado is complaining that Central Texas is sucking up all the water and the Rice farmers are looking to sue the Colorado River Authority,……again.

    Make sure you irrigate yourself far more than you think you need, the meds you’re taking will drain water from you more than you think.

    Man up and give Texas A&M kudos for having 3 in the first round. Oh, BTW Bama looks to have as many as 15 players drafted in the 2014 draft.

    http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/2014/05/07/3093325/alabama-may-have-up-to-15-players.html

    Drafts don’t lie. The SEC had 11 taken in the first round. The Big 12 had 2.

    Players want to play against the best, recruiting shows that time and time again.

    Enjoy your regional conference.

    RTR

  19. amosalanzostagg says: May 10, 2014 1:04 PM

    Tgaustin,

    Great! Exercise is a great way to help ameliorate your mental problems and moderate the adverse effects your meds cause you. If you’re doing the original Ironman triathlon on the Big Island of Hawaii, congrats, it is a mother.

    As for the house in the Woodlands, it’s to be close to the kids. The house in Edna is leased out and the house in Alabama will always be home. I was able to sell the Home in Palo Alto and in Georgetown, Va to simplify my active life style. Texas has always been special since the mid eighties when my late wife and I decided to be in the center of the country since the boys were off to college.

    As to your earlier opines. Bama has 35 players in the NFL and I really don’t expect you to have any clue on Bama football much less SEC football because you’re simply ignorant on football, college pro or Pop Warner.

    http://www.rolltide.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/090313aab.html

    As to Central Texas, drought is rearing it’s ugly head again and the lower Colorado is complaining that Central Texas is sucking up all the water and the Rice farmers are looking to sue the Colorado River Authority,……again.

    Make sure you irrigate yourself far more than you think you need, the meds you’re taking will drain water from you more than you think.

    Man up and give Texas A&M kudos for having 3 in the first round. Oh, BTW Bama looks to have as many as 15 players drafted in the 2014 draft.

    http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/2014/05/07/3093325/alabama-may-have-up-to-15-players.html

    Drafts don’t lie. The SEC had 11 taken in the first round. The Big 12 had 2.

    Players want to play against the best, recruiting shows that time and time again.

    Enjoy your regional conference.

    RTR

  20. amosalanzostagg says: May 10, 2014 1:11 PM

    Tgaustin.

    Did Texas have a player in the top 100 of the 2014
    NFL draft?

    RTR

  21. amosalanzostagg says: May 10, 2014 1:32 PM

    Tgaustin.

    If you’re doing the Ironman on Kona, great! strong physical exercise will help ameliorate the side effects of the meds as well as a positive attitude. Make sure you over irrigate (on water)
    because your meds drain more water than you think.

    As to Alabama football, I forgive your ignorance on football, simply because your posts show a total lack of critical thinking, much less actual football knowledge.

    To wit, why not read which school in which conference that leads with 340 players on NFL
    rosters.

    http://www.saturdaydownsouth.com/2013/sec-players-nfl-list/

    As to Texas, great state. great people. Has been since the better half and I moved there in the mid 80’s to be in the middle of the country when the kids went to college. The new house in the Woodlands is to be near the kids and grandkids. The house in Edna is used for family get aways and reunions. To simplify my active lifestyle, The houses in Palo Alto and Georgetown were sold. Too many great memories with my late wife and I didn’t need the hassles of owning them anymore. The house in Alabama will always be home.

    Good luck on the Ironman and keep taking you meds.

    RTR

  22. dhardy8207 says: May 11, 2014 11:35 AM

    tgaustin says;

    “With the exception of injured Julio Jones and Eddie Lacy, is there another Roll Turd player doing anything in the NFL??”

    ———————————————————-

    Donte’ Hightower – New England Patriots
    Macelle Darius – Buffalo Bills
    Demeco Ryans – Philladelphia Eagles (I think)
    Mark Ingram – New Orleans Saints, despite a foot injury that sidelined him for most of his first season.

    Just to name a few…

  23. 8to80texansblog says: May 12, 2014 10:08 AM

    amosalanzostagg says:
    May 10, 2014 1:11 PM

    Tgaustin.

    Did Texas have a player in the top 100 of the 2014
    NFL draft?

    RTR
    _______________________

    Or at all for that matter?

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