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

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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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