Jadeveon Clowney has reacted confidently to being selected with the first overall pick of the 2014 NFL draft, with the Houston Texans newcomer having claimed that he will not let anybody down as he bids to make a successful professional career at NRG Stadium.
Defensive end Clowney enjoyed a distinguished college career at the University of South Carolina and now obviously believes in his ability to make the transition into the uncompromising world of the NFL.
“I’m just ready to get down there and help the organization out and get to work,” was quoted by the Texans' official website.
“I know myself, and I’m not going to let anybody down. I’m going to show the world what I got.”
21-year-old Clowney - who skipped his senior year as a Gamecock to declare for the draft - was undoubtedly the most formidable defensive presence in this year's young crop and it was of little surprise to see him taken first off the board.
And while it appears that he is itching to get down to business ahead of pre-season, Clowney seemed already fully aware of what Texans defensive coordinator Romeo Crennell has in store for his prized asset.
"Pass rush. He’s gonna start me off slow. Pass rush, that’s my strong point. Then he’s going to show me and get me involved in dropping, schemes and all, which I know I can do.”
The Texans endured a difficult 2013 season, with head coach Gary Kubiak fired following a truly dismal run of 11 straight defeats.
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