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The first round of the NFL draft: Pick by pick, trade by trade (33 items)

Associated Press

May 8, 2014

For nearly three years, Jadeveon Clowney couldn't wait to get to the NFL, and the league was just as eager to add the player some called the best defensive prospect in a decade. No surprise: Clowney is the Texans' man. But Thursday's first pick of the 2014 NFL draft didn't come without some intrigue about how it would all turn out. There had been criticism of Clowney's work ethic last season and questions about whether the Texans would hold or trade the No. 1 slot.

1 of 33. No. 1: Jadeveon Clowney, Houston Texans

Defensive end
6-foot-5
266 pounds
South Carolina

He is first defender to go No. 1 overall since Mario Williams in 2006. Production fell off after spectacular sophomore season for defensive end. Finished last season with 11½ tackles for loss and three sacks after getting 23½ and 13 in 2012. Most talented and athletically gifted player in draft. Blazing fast for size. Moves fluidly. Plays with power, gets off line quickly and can chase down running backs from sideline to sideline. Some questions about playing with consistently high effort and he needs to develop more pass rushing technique.

2 of 33. No. 2: Greg Robinson, St. Louis Rams

Offensive tackle
6-foot-5
332 pounds
Auburn

(pick acquired from Washington Redskins in the RGIII trade two years ago)

Two-year starter at left tackle who became dominant player as junior last year. Checks all boxes with size, athleticism and power.

3 of 33. No. 3: Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars

Quarterback
6-foot-5
232 pounds
Central Florida

Blossomed into one of college football's best quarterbacks last year, leading Central Florida to the most successful season in the history of the program. Has drawn comparisons to Ben Roethlisberger because of his combination of size and mobility. Some questions about his ability to throw deep accurately after playing in an offense that featured many short passes and quick throws.

4 of 33. No. 4: Sammy Watkins, Buffalo Bills

PIck traded from the Cleveland Browns.

Wide Receiver
6-foot-0
211 pounds
Clemson

The Bills gave up the No. 9 pick as well as first- and fourth-round picks in next year's draft.

Spectacular freshman and junior seasons, sandwiched around so-so sophomore year when he was hampered by suspension and injury. Clemson's career leader in receptions (240) and yards receiving (3,391). Big-time speed and good hands. Runs tough and with power after catch. There's not much to complain about, maybe better route running, but that goes for most receivers coming into NFL.

5 of 33. No. 5: Khalil Mack, Oakland Raiders

Outside linebacker
6-foot-2
252 pounds
Buffalo

Four-year starter who became one of best linebackers in country. Last season had 10½ sacks, three interceptions, five forced fumbles and scored two touchdowns. Potential every down linebacker with an ability to be fierce pass rusher and sideline-to-sideline force. Hard hitter and excellent athlete. Only knock was a few lackluster performances and at times he seemed to try too hard to make big plays.
1. JBQ
Saint Louis, MO,
May 9, 2014

"Tenacious" would be an apropos description. However, he is not a "cornerback" at 6 ft 1, 285. The body of the description does state that he won the Outland and Lombardi trophies as a "defensive lineman".

2. Aaron Morton Ast. Sports Editor
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May 9, 2014

This has been fixed. Thanks!