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Jadeveon Clowney first overall pick in 2014 NFL Draft

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Jadeveon Clowney has been selected by the Houston Texans as the first overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

The former South Carolina defensive end was a dominant player during his college football years, and he comes into the NFL with an outstanding reputation.

Clowney was brought up in Rocky, Hill, South Carolina, and he attended South Pointe High School.

He took high school football by storm, with the powerful defender already 6ft 3inches tall when he was a freshman in high school.

Defense wasn't the only position that he played during those days, with Clowney incorporating the role of running-back into his arsenal.

It's likely that we may see the big man bulldoze his way for a short first down or 3rd and goal push from the one in the 2014 NFL season.

But what we will see for definite is the quality play on defense that he showed during his college seasons at South Carolina, with Clowney leaving high school as the number one rated player in the country.

And to say that Clowney was a beast in college football would be an understatement.

Unlike many big players, he played as a true freshman, starting all 12 games and making 12 sacks.

He was subsequently named SEC Freshman of the Year, but it was in his sophomore season that he became a star.

Second year stats of 13 sacks proved to be a school single-season record, and he was crowned the All-American Player of the Year.

A niggling foot injury disrupted his last campaign with South Carolina, and that led to some doubters and a failure to land a much anticipated Heisman Trophy.

Clowney comes into the NFL with plenty to prove, but he is arguably the most impressive athlete that has been drafted this century.

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