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Texans Expect Jadeveon Clowney to Recover; Be an Impact Player

Updated Feb. 20, 2015
By Charlie Campbell. Follow Charlie on Twitter @draftcampbell.



In the Combine rumors from Thursday, Tony Pauline wrote the following about Texans' edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney pertaining to his recovery from a microfracture surgery:

"I've spoken with a number of people since the Senior Bowl who have openly said there is serious concern over Jadeveon Clowney's future. A variety of opinions have come from numerous sources, including those close to the Texans. I've heard everything from don't expect much from Clowney in 2015 to the belief he may struggle to ever regain full health from the microfracture surgery. The reasoning for the latter is Clowney underwent the procedure at an early age."

I spoke to sources inside the Texans' front office about this story, and they do not feel concerned about Clowney's injury. The Texans confidently believe that Clowney will recover and be the player he was expected to be when they draft him. A source told me, "We fully expect him to return and be an impactful player." At the East?West Shrine and Senior Bowl, Texans' officials were confident that "JD" would be fine and end up being a good player.

Houston doesn't mind the hate and doubt that is constantly coming about Clowney. It has been a source of motivation for him, and they say that Clowney has been diligent in his rehab. While agents and other team officials might be whispering doubts, the Texans are confident that Clowney will come back and make an impact.

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Glazers Comfortable with Winston; Have Him Rated Highly

Updated Feb. 16, 2015
By Charlie Campbell. Follow Charlie on Twitter @draftcampbell.



I slotted Jadeveon Clowney to the No. 1 pick to the Texans in early December 2013 and didn't change it once. While many thought the team would move away from Clowney, I knew that Houston wanted Clowney.

This year, there is a similar situation with Tampa Bay and Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston. In mid-January, we wrote that the Buccaneers' initial preference was for Winston. Others, like ESPN's Pat Yasinskas and PewterReport.com have also had reports that Tampa Bay favored Winston over Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. After speaking with sources in Tampa Bay and around the league, we've learned that the Buccaneers' owners, the Glazers, are comfortable with Winston, and they are on board with the Buccaneers drafting him with the first-overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Sources say that entering the interview process, the Glazers want Winston. If he doesn't do poorly in the interviews and stays out of trouble leading up to the draft, Winston will be the first pick. The Glazers have a huge desire for a franchise quarterback, and have wanted that asset for years. Some sources say that the Glazers believe that Winston is that caliber of quarterback, and they want him to lead a resurgence in Tampa Bay like he did at Florida State.

Throughout their tenure in owning the team, the Glazers have allowed the football staff to make the moves they felt would improve the team. They haven't been meddlesome owners who have dictated which players to draft or sign to contract extensions. Thus, they will back general manager Jason Licht and head coach Lovie Smith.

We heard in January that the front office preferred Winston, and the Buccaneers have graded him ahead of other quarterbacks like Cam Newton and Matthew Stafford when they came out of Auburn and Georgia respectively. Yasinskas reported that Smith and the coaching staff with new offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter also favor Winston.

Judging by the comments of sources in Tampa Bay, at other teams, and in the local media, the organization is coalescing around Winston. Sources say that Winston has an impressive football I.Q., so that part of the interviews should go well for him. If Winston handles himself well and avoids trouble before the draft, he looks bound for Tampa Bay. Ownership is on board with Winston being the leader of the Bucs' ship.

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Teams Don't Believe Marcus Mariota Will Slide

Updated Feb. 11, 2015
By Charlie Campbell. Follow Charlie on Twitter @draftcampbell.



It's not a rare occurrence that a once highly touted quarterback prospect falls past where he's projected to be selected. Last year, Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater suffered that fate. The year before, it was Geno Smith and Matt Barkley sliding out of the first day. This trend dates back to other quarterbacks like Aaron Rodgers or Brady Quinn, and many are inclined to think it will happen again.

This year, the rumors have started up that a slide could happen to Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. However, we have reached out to sources from numerous teams, and they've told us that they don't believe that Mariota will slide. They feel he is very safe in the top 10. All of the teams said that Mariota has graded ahead of Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles, who was the third-overall pick last year, so Mariota should hear his name called quickly on draft day.

The 6-foot-4, 219-pound Mariota has an excellent athletic skill set with a strong arm, rare mobility, athleticism, and speed. Teams love him off the field. They value his work ethic, humility, desire to get better and locker room leadership. Mariota will need some grooming with his pocket passing, ability to work through progressions, presence under center, and accuracy. However, teams feel that he is at a similar level to Carolina's Cam Newton coming out of Auburn. With Mariota's work ethic, they feel he can be taught how to fix those issues like Newton or San Francisco's Colin Kaepernick.

Every team said that Mariota has graded ahead of Bortles. One team picking in the top 10 even said that it wasn't even close. Another team skilled at evaluating quarterbacks echoed those thoughts.

With that being the case, it is hard to see Mariota sliding out of the top 10, considering the number of quarterback needy teams. We reported a month ago that Tampa Bay is inclined to go with Jameis Winston, but Mariota shouldn't last long with Tennessee and the New York Jets needing franchise quarterbacks.

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Multiple Teams Grade T.J. Clemmings on Day 2

Updated Feb. 9, 2015
By Charlie Campbell. Follow Charlie on Twitter @draftcampbell.



Many high-profile NFL Draft analysts have stated that they view Pittsburgh offensive tackle T.J. Clemmings as a first-round pick, with some projecting him to go in the top half of the first round. Entering the 2014 season, Clemmings wasn't viewed to be an elite prospect but media members got on the bandwagon during his senior year. However, a handful of NFL teams we've spoken to had the same opinion: None of them have a first-round grade on Clemmings. Four out of five put him on the second day, with one team saying they have a fourth-round grade on Clemmings.

Three NFL general managers told us that they have a third-round grade on Clemmings, but they believe that the team that likes him enough to draft him will take him in the second round. Another general manager said he has a day-two grade on him. The team that has a fourth-round grade on Clemmings could consider drafting an offensive tackle late in the first round, but happens to be down on Clemmings.

The 6-foot-4, 307-pounder didn't impress evaluators at the Senior Bowl, as he had some struggles in the pass blocking one-on-ones. He showed that he is raw and is still needing significant development to handle NFL pass-rushers. That is understandable considering Clemmings started out his collegiate career on the defensive line before switching to right tackle as a junior. Teams feel that Clemmings has a skill set to work with, but is too much of a gamble to take with a first-round pick, and they don't feel that he's worthy of that high of a draft grade.

Perhaps there are teams out there that view him as a first-rounder, but there was a real consensus of a second-day grade among the executives we spoke to.

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