Jadeveon Clowney has made no secret of his wish to be drafted number one overall by the Houston Texans. However, his second choice would be to stay close to home and play for the Atlanta Falcons, which could become a possibility.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Atlanta Falcons would consider trading up in the draft to fill a need in their roster and Clowney would be a prime candidate for a team that recorded just 32 sacks last season.
Although the Falcons currently possess the sixth overall pick in the draft and are unlikely to be able to select Clowney at that position, they could target a trade with a team in the top three with the opportunity to select the former South Carolina man.
Schefter tweeted today: "Atlanta Falcons are open to trading up in draft, per league sources. Falcons are first team known to be willing to go up."
Clowney was born in South Carolina and stayed in-state for college, he has mentioned that he would like to be drafted by the Falcons who play in neighboring Georgia.
"I wish they could trade up for me," Clowney told 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."
However, for Clowney's ambitions to come true, the Falcons first need to find a realistic trade partner and a top pick won't come cheap with a number of rebuilding teams looking for the very best player available.