Posted: 12:52 am Friday, February 21st, 2014

Would Spurrier take Clowney with NFL’s No. 1 pick? 

By Michael Carvell

Would Spurrier (right) draft Clowney at No. 1? (AP)

Would Spurrier (right) draft Clowney at No. 1? (AP)

If Steve Spurrier was still coaching in the NFL, would he draft Jadeveon Clowney with the No. 1 overall pick?

Spurrier was the head coach of the Washington Redskins for the 2002 and 2003 seasons before returning to the college ranks at South Carolina.

Clowney will appear at the NFL combine this weekend.

“It depends on your needs,” Spurrier told the AJC. “But I think there’s a good chance he’s going to go No. 1.

“I think there’s a good chance he will be the first pick. I don’t try to suggest what teams should do. They’ve got to make their own decisions on what is best for them.

“But he’s a dominating player out there that the other team has to account for. Of course, every team we played this year had two guys on him about the whole game, especially on passes. He never really had much of a one-on-one that I can remember. He had a good season. His statistics were certainly below last year but he played well in there and opened things up for other defensive linemen.

Meanwhile, Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin was asked the same question by the AJC about his star player, Johnny Manziel.

“Of course, I would (take Manziel at No. 1), I’m his coach,” Sumlin said with a chuckle. “Every coach is going to be like that.”

If you had possession of the No. 1 pick, who would you take? Clowney, Manziel or somebody else.

If Steve Spurrier was still coaching in the NFL, would he draft Jadeveon Clowney with the No. 1 overall pick?

If you had possession of the No. 1 pick, who would you take? Clowney, Manziel or somebody else. Please post below and explain your reasons why.

Note: If I had the pick, I’d take Manziel. Why? Because he’s one of only a handful of players within the last 20 years that I would pay a ticket to go see play. He’s a difference-maker and he’s unpredictable. A lot of the amazing stuff he does, you just can’t coach. Yes, I know he’s a high-risk, high-reward, but I’d roll the dice with Manziel.

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67 comments
Ragweed
Ragweed

It looks like everyone who has commented has nothing but bad to say about everyone who could be drafted.   In that case, I suggest that the Falcons draft no one this time.    That way, all the experts who has all the negativism about them will have all their wishes come true, and the Falcons will maybe go 2 and 14 next year...

Dawg350
Dawg350

Who care! I hate spurrier and clowney! So their ya go!

TampGator1
TampGator1

I wish the AJC would delete the posts that hate on their reporters.  To those who do, your solution is simple: don't read the column, and don't post on one either.  I personally enjoy and get up to date recruiting information from Carvell's features.  He does an excellent job of reporting recruiting news.  And Clowney is big news right now, and the reason for this article.  ESPN is posing the same type of questions about Clowney.   I personally believe Clowney will become a clubhouse cancer on any team that selects him.....and therefore a major problem both on and off the field for that team.  I think he drops to the middle of the first round.  I would rather have one of the top offensive linemen over Clowney. 

RandyHall
RandyHall

C'mon MC...this is old news....time to move on to something else...Towers: still talking about Josh Harvey Clemons...Schultz: still talking about Sam being gay....why no new news....FCC Marshalls already placed in your newsroom to moniotr and inhibit what you report?? Obama-news-care??   

St_Simons_he-ne-ha
St_Simons_he-ne-ha

Clowney isn't even the best pro prospect on his own TEAM. 

I would take Connor Shaw before either of these guys. He's gonna be a good pro.

Heavylunch
Heavylunch

What happens after he gets the money ? That is the question. We know he can pay if he wants to. What happens when he doesnt have to ? I'm just not sure

whydoyoucare
whydoyoucare

when are you gonna wake up Carvell.  You either report dated , subjective information that favors any school other than UGA or youre just plain incompetent.  I could write your pieces in 15 minutes.  Youre like the boob of college football.  good call on Lo carter.  You really should move on, oh yea  all you can get is crappy beat section of the AJC college recruiting section.   did you graduate college? also why dont you report on the ole miss bash brothers, which is easily the most interesting relevant current story.  Youre probably hoping the Nkemdiche bros will hook you up with an interview when they go "pro"  .  you should work for the newnan times herald...more youre size


TideDawg
TideDawg

If I was a GM, those last 3 posts would probably get me fired.

TideDawg
TideDawg

Clowney is a question mark! I'd hate to be in a GM's position and pass on him in the draft. His team's fans would go crazy. And....I believe the Falcons will pass on trading up to get him.

TideDawg
TideDawg

I think I would draft Manziel (Not in an early round) and make him a WR. Get him the ball in an open field where he can really do some damage. Somebody wants him and has an idea so he will go high.

TideDawg
TideDawg

I don't think  I would spend that amount of money on a #1 pick that has shown a tendency to play hard when he wants to play hard. I would want a player that never takes a day off on the field.

tomkat1111
tomkat1111

If you had possession of the No. 1 pick, who would you take? Clowney, Manziel or somebody else"


would depend on my needs on offense or defense.

NCDawg
NCDawg

Clowney will need to convince GMs that he wants to  earn  superstardom in the NFL.

NCDawg
NCDawg

Manziel is going to have to convince the scouts and GMs that he can get the job done without freelancing.  He has gotten away with some seriously ill advised plays in college that would not float in the NFL.

JaySly
JaySly

the falcons will overdraft as usual and waste millions taking clowney---he takes every other play off---more of the same draft blunders by arthur and thomas

POAD2013
POAD2013

What is all this....Say It To His Face....

He has to accept criticism if he wants to play in the NFL. There will be reporters and TV talking heads to say those things to his face, in print and on TV and what do you think he will do? Beat them up? he is about to make a bunch of money so you think he is crazy enough to hit somebody if they said he was soft to his face? He wouldn't do crap and risk his future in the NFL.

POAD2013
POAD2013

I don't see it in Johnny Football. I don't really think his skill set wil work as well in the NFL as it did in college.

NCDawg
NCDawg

Yup 2 sentences is the limit.

NCDawg
NCDawg

I wouldn't draft either without them proving that they can overcome their biggest flaws.

NCDawg
NCDawg

well so much for this blog

NCDawg
NCDawg

It is eating anything longer than a sentence or 2.  I have tried to post the same thing 3 X now.  There is nothing in it that is worthy of being blocked.  WTH?

NCDawg
NCDawg

This thing is eating my posts.

reckingball
reckingball

Too cheap,........excuse me, I mean too dollar-conscious to "pay a ticket" to watch a NFL game? 

TU
TU

Offensive players are picked first most of the time.


RedandBlackDAWG
RedandBlackDAWG

If Spurrier were still coaching the Redskins in the NFL, he would have to clear any move through Snyder, the owner. As can be seen in the last decade, since that guy bought the team, they have been in a decline since.

A&M's coach is right through. Any coach of a player mentioned that he coached is going to say yes to the above question. In the pros, with a 54 man roster, it is more a matter of need than want though. Professionals can't afford the luxury of throwing it against the wall and hoping it sticks. It cost too much money to make a big mistake and the personnel director or GM, soon finds himself out of a job. 

If my biggest need was for a strong defensive lineman, then Clowney would be my pick, most likely. He has a tremendous upside and he will learn to leave his ego in check, once he gets to the big boy locker room.

If I needed a QB, I am not sure I would go with Manziel, or maybe look for a QB, with a little stronger arm and better decision making in some cases. I guess he would do fairly well in a run and gun offense, if a lot of teams ran that kind of offense, but I think his transition from college to the Pros. is going to be fairly difficult. I doubt that  he can win a lot of games, strictly on his play alone in the Pros. He could develop in time to a fair QB at the Sunday Game level, but I do not think he is going to come right in and help a team from the start. Very few QB's do at that level, but if he thinks he can, more power to him. I think he will find out that in the Pros. you have to earn respect and accolades, with your performance, and leave your college resume home.

UCFGT
UCFGT

Blake Bortles would be my pick if a QB is your draft need. Clowney if I was going defense. I think Houston will draft Bortles.

dawgs01
dawgs01

Clowney is a physical freak and all yall calling him soft and other names just go say it to his face.  He will be at a summer practice soon and you will have access to him.  Don't squeeze one off in your pants.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

I am not sure that Spurrier is the best evaluator of what is needed for an NFL team - especially when it comes to people who played for him in college.  As HC of the Redskins in 2003 his 1st pick (in the second round) was a Florida WR named Taylor Jacobs.  10 picks later, a WR from FSU named Anquan Bolden was drafted by Arizona

MoistDawg
MoistDawg

if i had the first draft i would take aaron murray way over the clown.  and before you laugh mark my words.  i predict he will be drafted by the broncos and will replace payton  manning and will make everyone forget about the letdown in the super bowl.  

RangeRover
RangeRover

@TampGator1  


Agree with everything you said regarding Carvell, Clowney, and the Falcons need for an OL, with one exception....no way Clowney drops to the middle of the first round as there will be some team out there that will believe they can get the most of this physically gifted athlete...and they'll probably be wrong!

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@RandyHall Your losing Randy, but your right. Where are these slackers at?

Nate-the-Great
Nate-the-Great

He brother if you have hate in your heart let it out!

SkokieDog
SkokieDog

@NCDawg Brett Favre, while not one of my favorites, seems to have done okay for himself by freelancing fairly frequently, producing lots of TDs and INTs. He won some; he lost some.

ChessMaster
ChessMaster

@POAD2013 I agree with your premise but players do stupid things without thinking of the future. Just look at JHC at UGA. I also bet it would hurt ;-).

Seriously, what's the point of insulting the man. Every NFL team has seen the tape and will make their own decision. Someone near the top of the draft is going to take a chance on this guy, and they will spend time with him to improve his image. The NFL is about entertainment.

SkokieDog
SkokieDog

@NCDawg It's trying to save you from high blood pressure when someone like me responds.

jarvis1975
jarvis1975

@dawgs01 "say it to his face"

Maybe the dumbest comment I've ever read on here, and there is quite a bit of competition for that crown.

Tougher
Tougher

@MoistDawg  You're right I am laughing my ARSE OFF….what a homer stupid comment. Let me say this….if the falcons waste a pick by picking aaron muarry in the 5,6, round….I've had falcon  tickets for 25 years….I would not renew my tickets!!

SkokieDog
SkokieDog

@MoistDawg BEFORE I laugh? I can't stop laughing hard enough to read past that first sentence you wrote.

TU
TU

@MoistDawg  One reporter said Murray has a golfers frame. Not suited for an NFL pounding.

RedandBlackDAWG
RedandBlackDAWG

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie He has never coached a PRO. team and therefore it would be pretty hard, unless of course you are a mind reader, to know what he would do now isn't it?

SkokieDog
SkokieDog

@jarvis1975 Hey, give the rest of us a chance before you go handing out a title like that. I'm sure someone here, maybe even me, can come up with something dumber than "say it to his face" if you'll give us a few minutes to think about it. 

Come to think of it, did you see MoistDawg's comment about Murray? I'd like to nominate it for this crown.

Tougher
Tougher

@SkokieDog @MoistDawg   I would take Connor Shaw over Aaron Muarry (golf body) any day, any draft….just tougher, faster, great upside to Connor….

WDE
WDE

@Tougher @SkokieDog@MoistDawg I like Shaw a lot but his slow self will get crushed in the NFL, tough he is but slow he is too...he's smart and tough just not smart enough to not run and not tough enough to take the pounding..