Clowney possesses ideal size, length and athleticism. He has an explosive first step and quick hands, and he uses his length well off the edge. Although his production dropped last season, he was still having a big impact throughout our tape study. Clowney has to learn to play with a more consistent effort and must develop some technique. However, he is a rare talent and has one of the highest ceilings we've evaluated on tape.
How he fits:
He has the best skill set in the draft. But will he play that way each week? This is a 3-4 Romeo Crennel defense with a lot of two-gap looks and less penetrating than a one-gap Wade Phillips scheme. That is not Clowney's forte. However, he will play outside linebacker in the base package, and we will see a lot more four-man fronts and sub packages. The Texans will get their best from pass-rushers on the field in passing situations. He has lined up all over the defensive line (à la J.J. Watt) and he could even line up next to Watt at left outside linebacker -- wow! Crennel will adjust and make this work.