Sports Out West

NFL Draft 2014: Jadeveon Clowney should be No. 1 pick, says Marcus Lattimore

2014 NFL Combine

If Jadeveon Clowney didn’t prove himself worthy of being the No. 1 pick in this year’s NFL draft after the combine, his former college teammate is conveying the message.

San Francisco 49ers running back Marcus Lattimore, Clowney’s teammate at South Carolina from 2011-12, talked about why the Houston Texans should draft him with the No. 1 overall pick in an interview with Sirius XM Radio Saturday.

“I don’t see why he wouldn’t go No. 1,” Lattimore said. “Why would you pass on a guy that can impact your team from Day 1? He’s a freak athlete, he can run like a deer and he’s powerful. He can get to the quarterback. I just don’t understand why you wouldn’t take him No. 1.”

While Lattimore is spot on about Clowney impacting the Texans from Day 1, it’s possible they’ll still pass on him. It wouldn’t be for a lack of talent, though.

The Texans still don’t know who their quarterback is, so it makes more sense for them to draft a quarterback at No.1, rather than a defensive end.

If the Texans decide to draft him with the top selection, the potential combination of J.J. Watt and Clowney would be the most feared pairing in the NFL by far.

Houston needs to address the quarterback position first and foremost, but the thought of having a player like Clowney would make any organization salivate.

And they don’t need Marcus Lattimore to tell them that, either.

Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

The following two tabs change content below.

Steven Slivka

Steven Slivka is an award-winning journalist and an expert on all things Oakland Raiders, having covered the team for Bleacher Report and the Yahoo! Contributor Network. He is an NFL guru and willingly engages his readers.