The NFL Draft

Adam Agababayev, Reporter

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Football has been quiet ever since the beating the Seattle Seahawks gave to the Denver Broncos. Once the Superbowl ends every year, NFL talks dim down as focuses on ESPN turn to the NBA and MLB. But all Football fans are revived once the annual NFL Draft arrives. The 2014 NFL Draft was packed with talent, allow me to breakdown the three best picks that I think took place.

Houston Texans’ Overall #1 Pick: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

Without a single doubt in my mind, Jadeveon Clowney is a physical specimen the NFL has not seen in a while. At 6’5”, 265lbs, with a defensive line best 4.53 40 yard dash; Jadeveon turns speed into power making him the ultimate bully for any offensive line he faces. Watching his games as a Gamecock, Jadeveon powers his way through any monster OL he wants. With such size and quickness COMBINED, Jadeveon will easily tire out any 350lb monster, which will eventually lead to a long ice bath for the QB he is up against.

Buffalo Bills’ Overall #4 Pick: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

One cannot deny the talent this guy, Sammy Watkins, has as a WR. Not many are able to sprint at full speed and extend fully without losing body control, but indeed Sammy Watkins has shown it numerous times during his Clemson years- to him it’s easy. He produced 82 receptions for 1,219 yards in just 10 of 13 games AS A FRESHMAN. What were his stats for his final year? Starting in 12 of 13 games, Watkins brought in 101 receptions for 1,461 yards. Although he was not a top performer in the NFL Combine, sometimes a player doesn’t need those numbers to play ball, and indeed, Watkins can play some good ol’ football.

Cleveland Browns’ Overall #22 Pick: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

Johnny “Football” Manziel is a player who is a high risk, high reward player. One can relate him to Tim Tebow, but the thing is Manziel is so much quicker on his feet (one of the fastest 40 yard dash out of the QB category in the combine) than Tebow. He is able to confidently scramble, knowing he can make a play with the moves he has in his arsenal. Not only that, but he is a very good passer on the run, which makes him a deadly weapon and trouble for defenses.

Of course, one must know that just because players get picked in the first round, does not automatically mean those players will thrive in the NFL. It may take some time for these players to mature. However, it will be interesting to see if the Browns put Manziel as a starter, but the other two fine physical specimens, Clowney and Watkins, WILL be HUGE weapons for their respective teams without a doubt.

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