Houston Texans pick up Jadeveon Clowney's fifth-year option

Cheryl Sanders
April 16, 2017

With J.J. Watt out for most of the season, Clowney took over as a disruptive force up front for a Texans defense that carried the team to a division title. That made their upcoming decision on whether or not to exercise the former No. 1 overall pick's fifth-year option much less complicated. The Texans announced details for the draft party on April 27, the night of the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Houston took Clowney No. 1 overall that year out of the University of SC.

Texans defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (90) was a thorn in the side of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady on Saturday night. He played in and started 14 games for the AFC South champion Texans. He made the move from outside linebacker to primarily defensive end and finished the year with a career-high 52 combined tackles and six sacks.

The former No. 1 overall pick spent his first two National Football League seasons existing in relative obscurity, recording a grand total of 47 tackles and 4.5 sacks.

Clowney not only accepted the increased workload placed on him by Watt's injury, but thoroughly embraced the opportunity to get better as year three progressed.

Texans general manager Rick Smith needs to draft prospects who can make an immediate impact as starters and valuable reserves.

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